Category Archives: Wild Life

Extinction of the Dodo Bird

The dodo bird (Raphus cucullatus) was a large flightless bird from Mauritius (a small isolated island just east of Madagascar). It averaged at around 3 feet tall and 22-40 lbs. The dodo bird was last seen in 1662. Prior to … Continue reading

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Chimps in Senegal found to fashion spears for hunting

Members of a troop of chimpanzees living at a site called Fongoli in southeastern Senegal have been observed by scientists fashioning tree branches into spears and using them to hunt and kill bushbabies. The researchers, a combined team with members … Continue reading

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What Happens If All The Bees Die?

Will we go extinct if the bees all die?

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This Jay Is Evolving in a Very, Very Weird Way

The Scrub Jays of California’s Santa Cruz Island really love a good peanut. “It’s like crack to them,” says Katie Langin, a biologist at Colorado State University who probably knows these birds better than anyone else. Working with Scott Morrison of the … Continue reading

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Amazing Cuttlefish Light Show

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A rare fox has been seen in Yosemite for the first time in almost 100 years

For the first time in almost 100 years, a critically endangered Sierra Nevada red fox (Vulpes vulpes necator) has been spotted in California’s Yosemite National Park. Motion-sensing cameras at the north of the park captured two photographs of the animal, once … Continue reading

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Ancient Scorpions may have Lived in Water but Walked on Land

Paleontologists have hypothesized that scorpions evolved on the seafloor, but some recently discovered fossils have scientists reconsidering exactly how it happened. Eramoscorpius brucensis, possibly the second oldest known scorpion at 430 million to 433 million years old, appears to have … Continue reading

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Wonders in the Sky

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How big are the ocean’s biggest animals?

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Click to enlarge Want to know what life is really like under the sea? From whales and sharks to squids, crabs and clams, this infographic shows just how big the ocean’s most colossal animals can get. Via NatGeo.

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This Freaky New Frog Gives Birth To Live Tadpoles, Not Eggs

Scientists have never seen anything quite like this before. It’s a newly discovered species of fanged frog that gives direct birth to live tadpoles instead of laying eggs. It isn’t that rare for scientists to find new species of animals, … Continue reading

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Ants show left bias when exploring new spaces

Unlike Derek Zoolander, ants don’t have any difficulty turning left. New research from the University of Bristol, UK published today in Biology Letters, has found that the majority of rock ants instinctively go left when entering unknown spaces. PhD student … Continue reading

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Amazonian bird chicks mimic poisonous caterpillar to avoid detection

A trio of researchers has found and documented the case of a newly hatched bird with plumage that mimics a poisonous caterpillar to ward off predators. In their paper published in American Naturalist, Gustavo Londoño, Duván García and Manuel Sánchez … Continue reading

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Some parasite bugs can control their hosts’ brains from inside

Ladybugs are said to bring good luck—but one infected by the wasp species Dinocampus coccinellae is decidedly unfortunate. When a female wasp stings a ladybug, it leaves behind a single egg. After the egg hatches, the larva begins to eat … Continue reading

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Rockhopper

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Penguins may lack teeth, but they have backward facing spines in their throats that grip and guide fish down. This photo of a rockhopper penguin was taken by Will Burrard-Lucas on the Falkland Islands. Via Facebook.

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Giant kangaroos ‘walked on two feet’

They roamed Australia while mammoths and Neanderthals lived in Europe – and it now seems they did so by putting one heavy foot in front of the other. According to new research, the extinct “sthenurine” family of giant kangaroos, up … Continue reading

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Researchers find LEDs attract more flying invertebrates than conventional lighting

A pair of researchers with the New Zealand research institute Scion, has found that flying invertebrates are more attracted to LED lights than to conventional outdoor lighting. In their paper published in the journal, Ecological Applications, Stephen Pawson and Martin … Continue reading

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Researchers take cells from chrysalis and grow butterfly wings in the lab

A pair of researchers, one from Oxford University, the other with the Natural History Museum in London, has found a way to grow butterfly wings in their lab. In their paper published in Bioinspired, Biomimetic and Nanobiomaterials, Helen Townley and … Continue reading

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Remarkably slender green vine snake

This remarkably slender green vine snake, Oxybelis fulgidus, is a colubrid from Central America and northern South America. It is mildly venomous and is shown here opening its mouth in threat display. Image: Suhaas Premkumar

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Armadillo in defensive mode

The very neat defensive pose of a southern three banded armadillo. Via Facebook.

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We love Diatoms

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Diatoms are single-celled organisms found in oceans all over the world. There are estimated to be 100,000 species of these micron-sized creatures in existence, and they play a crucial role as one of the main food sources for marine organisms, … Continue reading

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