Penguins Rapidly Conquered New Zealand After Humans Ate Rivals
yellow-eyed penguins
March 3rd, 2015
Fossils left behind by a penguin that was hunted to extinction reveal a remarkably fast turnover in species occurred after Polynesians settlers wiped out New Zealand's weird island wildlife.
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Against the Science, Meat Pushes Back into U.S. Diet (Op-Ed)
Raw meat sits on a cutting board.
February 28th, 2015
Meat is on the menu, but should it be?
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U.S. 'Pet' Tiger Trade Puts Big Cats at Great Risk (Op-Ed)
tigers, fun animal facts
February 25th, 2015
Tigers make lousy house pets, and outside of accredited zoos, they are at high risk of abuse — or worse.
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Animal Sex: How Barnacles Do It
close-up of barnacles on rock
March 3rd, 2015
In calm waters, barnacle penises are long and slender, allowing them to reach the maximum amount of partners possible. But wave-exposed, intertidal locales favor stouter penises, which are more easily controlled under turbulent conditions.
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Beach Microbes Starving Baby Sea Turtles of Oxygen
Baby sea turtle, beach microbes
February 26th, 2015
These endangered sea turtles are facing a new threat: sand microbes encouraged by the decomposing eggs.
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Photos: Ancient Crocodile Relatives Roamed the Amazon
Crocodile illustration
February 24th, 2015
The fossilized remains of seven species of crocodile relatives were found along the banks of the Amazon River in Peru.
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Secret Hideout Helped Penguins Survive the Ice Age
Emperor Penguins in Antartica
March 3rd, 2015
Earth's last ice age was so cold that even Antarctica's emperor penguins had trouble with the chill, a new study finds.
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Meet 2 New Spider Species: 'Skeletorus' and 'Sparklemuffin'
A colorful peacock spider
February 26th, 2015
A graduate student studying peacock spiders in Australia discovered two new species of the colorful eight-legged beasts.
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Earth's Worst Mass Extinction Preserved Ancient Footprints
February 25th, 2015
Giant reptiles wading into Triassic ocean waves left their tracks on the muddy floor. Scientists have now found a spike in these swim track fossils in the early Triassic — a surprising result they attribute to the previous mass extinction.
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