Shrinking Dinosaurs Evolved into Flying Birds
During the Cretaceous Period, around 120 million years ago, the feathered dinosaur Microraptor pounces on a nest of primitive birds (Sinornis) in what is now northern China, in this artist's conception.
July 31st, 2014
Miniaturization over 50 million years may have allowed birds to survive and evolve from their dinosaur relatives. In essence, bird ancestors out-shrank and out-evolved their dinosaur relatives to survive where these giant, less evolvable beasts couldn't.
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Giant Anteaters Can Kill People
A giant anteater in the wild
July 30th, 2014
In a new case report, scientists detail a gruesome anteater attack that left one man dead in northwestern Brazil. While such incidents are rare, the attack should serve as a warning to hunters and others who share the same turf as anteaters.
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Explainer: Why Do Snakes Flick Their Tongues?
snakes, forked tongue, senses
July 31st, 2014
Theories explaining the forked tongues of snakes have been around for thousands of years.
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What Tiny Drones Can Learn from Hummingbirds
Hummingbird takes flight.
July 30th, 2014
Improving the design of the world's tiniest drones could start with taking a closer look at one of nature's smallest and most efficient flyers, the hummingbird.
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Seafloor-Mapping Airguns May Harm Ocean Animals
July 31st, 2014
The U.S. Geological Survey plans to map the continental shelf off the East Coast using acoustics, but some environmentalists say marine mammals might be at risk.
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Stressed Out Mongooses Can't Cope with Baby Booms
Mongoose pup, parenting, stress
July 30th, 2014
A recent study investigates the relationship between stress hormones and parental care in the banded mongoose.
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Deep-Sea 'Octomom' Guards Eggs for Record 4.5 Years
Octomom covering her eggs
July 30th, 2014
A real-life "Octomom" off the coast of California has been declared a champion of parenting in the animal world. Scientists watched as she shielded her eggs for a record 4.5 years.
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