Wolf Sized Otter

Wolf sized otter found, according to articles in ScienceDaily 23 January 2017 and ABC News and BBC News 24 January 2017. An international team of scientists in the USA, France, and China have studied the fossil of a giant extinct otter named Siamogale melilutra. It was found in Yunnan Province, Southwestern China, and is dated […]

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White Tiger Gene

White tiger gene found, according to reports in ScienceNOW, BBC News, ScienceDaily and Current Biology doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2013.04.054 23 May 2013. White Bengal tigers have white fur with black stripes, rather than the normal orange fur with black stripes. Although they have been found in the wild in the past, they now only seem to exist […]

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Unsweetened Cats

Unsweetened cats, as described in PLoS July 2005, ScienceNOW 25 July 2005 and BBC News 1 August 2005. Cat owners have known for a long time that cats are not attracted to sweet food. Now the reason for this has been found by a group of scientists at the Monell Chemical Senses Centre, Philadelphia, USA, […]

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Tiny Teeth Tell of Hobbit Evolution

Tiny teeth tell of hobbit evolution, according to a report in New Scientist 6 March 2013. The Hobbit, is the nickname given to an extinct species named Homo floresiensis that is claimed to be a dwarf human by some anthropologists. However, its teeth and brain size are disproportionally small for a typical human dwarf. So […]

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Survival of the Whitest

Survival of the whitest, according to an article in BBC Earth News 6 November 2009. The American black bear Ursus americanus has a uniformly black coat and lives mainly in forested areas of USA and Canada. However, on two islands off Western Canada 20 to 30 percent of black bears have white coats. These bears […]

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Startlingly Modern Kangaroo Fossil

Startlingly modern kangaroo fossil found, according to reports in La Trobe University Media Report and The Age, 4 June 2008. Ben Kear, a palaeontologist at La Trobe University, and Neville Pledge of the South Australian Museum have been studying a kangaroo fossil found in the Ngama Quarry, Lake Eyre Basin, central Australia. The fossil has […]

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Squished Squirrels Evolve

Squished squirrels evolve as road kill victims of “evolutionary illusions”. New Scientist 22 April 2006, p11 reported they are doing things they “evolved to do, but at the wrong time or in the wrong place.” Ecologist Joel Brown of University of Chicago, Illinois claims this explains why so many squirrels end up being squashed on […]

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Squirrels and Spruce Boom and Bust

Squirrels and spruce boom and bust. According to a new study published in Science on 21 December 2006 (DOI: 10.1126/science.1135520), spruce trees in the Canadian Yukon, and parts of Belgium and Italy, have evolved a synchronized boom and bust approach to seed production in an attempt to thwart Red Squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus,) that feed on […]

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Spear Wielding Chimps Go Hunting

Spear wielding chimps go hunting, according to a report in BBC News, 22 February 2007 and Science News 3 March 2007. Researchers in Senegal have observed chimpanzees making spears from tree branches and then using them to hunt monkeys. The chimps broke branches off trees and trimmed the leaves and bark. Some also sharpened one […]

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Short Dog Leg Gene

Short dog leg gene found, according to articles in National Institutes of Health News 16 July 2009 and ScienceDaily 17 July 2009 and Science, vol. 325, p995, 21 August 2009 (originally published in Science Express on 16 July 2009). An international team of scientists have found the gene that gives dog breeds such as dachshund, […]

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