Category archives for: Living World

Meet Vulcanops, Giant Burrowing Bat and Ghost of Gondwana

Meet Vulcanops, Giant Burrowing Bat and Ghost of Gondwana

New hoary find Vulcanops hails from New Zealand, home of burrowing bats including a now-extinct Mystacina robusta, shown here in an artist rendering. (Credit Gavin Mouldey) Where might we design to find fossils of a hulk burrowing bat, 3 times bigger than today’s normal bat? Why, in St. Bathans, New Zealand, of course. Vulcanops jennyworthyae, that […]

Horses and Humans, Bonded Through Botulism

Horses and Humans, Bonded Through Botulism

Last month, a 1,400-pound equine named John competed with speed and character during a World Series of Team Roping in Las Vegas. Fourteen months earlier, John couldn’t even mount though a assistance of 6 handlers and a sling. After subordinate for a 2016 competition, John was found down during his owner’s plantation nearby Sacramento, felled […]

Crying Elephants, Giggling Rats and Other Surprisingly Sentient Animals

Crying Elephants, Giggling Rats and Other Surprisingly Sentient Animals

Motherly love. (Credit: Shutterstock) Years ago, we believed that we weren’t animals and that animals were here usually for a use. Indeed, a cow was usually a walking burger, a Sunday roast, gripping itself uninformed and juicy prepared for when we were hungry. Luckily, for their sake, things have progressed significantly from afterwards and now […]

Butterflies and Moths May Have Predated Flowers

Butterflies and Moths May Have Predated Flowers

This is a vital deputy of a obsolete Glossata, moths that have a proboscid that siphon adult fluids like nectar. (Credit: Hossein Rajaei) Think of some scaly animals. Odds are butterflies didn’t come to mind. But butterflies and moths have beam on their wings, legs and bodies. Thanks to those scales, researchers have found a […]

Why Do We Even Wear Pants?

Why Do We Even Wear Pants?

(Credit: Seinfeld/YouTube screengrab) From distant above, a area around Yanghai tomb looks like a collection of ground-dwelling wasp dens, drilled into a gravelly desert. It gets prohibited in this segment of remote western China — adult to scarcely 120 degrees Fahrenheit, and dry. That’s a hard-knock climate, yet it’s ideal for preserving ancient artifacts. And […]

How These Birds Look So Incredibly Black

How These Birds Look So Incredibly Black

A bird of bliss spreads it feathers as it engages in a mating dance. (Credit: BBC/Youtube) Vantablack has been called a world’s darkest substance. When it was denounced in 2014, a element done headlines for a approach it seemed to leach objects of their three-dimensionality; it was so black that each underline joined into a […]

Witch: A Label That Still Shapes Social Networks

Witch: A Label That Still Shapes Social Networks

(Credit: Monty Python and a Holy Grail/Columbia Pictures) Being labeled a magician can do good harm; it did during a Salem magician trials and continues to currently in many places in Africa and Papua New Guinea. Now, researchers questioning villages in China have analyzed a effects a repute of magic could have on all from […]

Your Weekly Attenborough: Trigonopterus attenboroughi

Your Weekly Attenborough: Trigonopterus attenboroughi

Trigonopterus attenboroughi. (Credit: Alexander Riedel) Today I’m going to tell we about a weevil. There are a lot of weevils, and beetles in general, out there, though this one is special. Plucked from anonymity, this small male was blessed, or accursed perhaps, with a layer of greatness. Trigonopterus attenboroughi hails from a Indonesian islands of […]

Seeing Red: Biologist Stares Down Predator in a Backcountry

Seeing Red: Biologist Stares Down Predator in a Backcountry

(Credit: Shutterstock) Squirrels are a passion for Sarah Westrick, a biology researcher during a University of Michigan. Last summer she attended a Kluane Red Squirrel Project in a Shakwak Trench nearby Kluane National Park and Reserve in Canada’s southwest Yukon Territory. Researchers rally there any summer to investigate a North American red squirrel. Westrick was […]

The Immortal Jellyfish

The Immortal Jellyfish

Because it was ancient Greece, Medusa had small recourse. Athena went into a fury that her church had been defiled, incited Medusa into a hideous monster, and kicked her out. Medusa — who deserved during slightest a shoulder to cry on, if not probity in a justice — instead outcast herself to a remote island, […]

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