60,000 Antelopes Died in 4 Days — And No One Knows Why
mass die-off saigas
September 2nd, 2015
Researchers are just beginning to untangle the mystery of why more than half of Kazakhstan's critically endangered saigas died off in a few weeks in late May.
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Photos: Primordial Sea Scorpion Was a Top Predator
sea scorpion, arthropods, fossils, new species, paleontology, pentecopterus decorahensis
September 1st, 2015
Fossils of 460-million-year-old eurypterids (sea scorpions) were uncovered underneath the flowing waters of the Upper Iowa River.
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Elusive Sea Creature with Hairy, Slimy Shell Spotted After 31 Years
nautilus, rare nautilus, allonautilus scrobiculatus, living fossils, rare sea creatures, nautilus shell, mollusks
August 31st, 2015
An elusive sea creature that boasts a vibrant golden shell covered in thick, slimy hair was recently spotted for the first time in 31 years, researchers say.
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Photos: A Mass Die-off of the Endangered Saiga Antelope
dead saigas
September 2nd, 2015
Researchers are just beginning to untangle the mystery of why more than half of Kazakhstan's critically endangered saigas died off in a few weeks in late May.
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Iguana Relative Shows How Lizards Spread Worldwide
Brazil lizard illustration
September 1st, 2015
An 80-million-year-old lizard discovered in southern Brazil has provided a surprising clue about how these reptiles evolved, and where they once lived, according to a new study.
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Animal Sex: How Hyenas Do It
A spotted hyena mother with her cub.
August 31st, 2015
The complicated world of hyena sex involves social hierarchies, weird and potentially dangerous courtship rituals and female pseudopenises that make forced sex impossible.
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Sexual Harassment in the Animal Kingdom? How Female Guppies Escape
Female and 2 Male Guppies
August 28th, 2015
When boy guppies pester the girls they like, it can actually make the female fish better at swimming away, a new study finds.
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'Bizarre,' Human-Size Sea Scorpion Found in Ancient Meteorite Crater
sea scorpion, arthropods, fossils, new species, paleontology, pentecopterus decorahensis
September 1st, 2015
About 460 million years ago, a sea scorpion about the size of an adult human swam around in the prehistoric waters that covered modern-day Iowa, likely dining on bivalves and squishy eel-like creatures, a new study finds.
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Mako Shark Phones Home, Revealing Epic Journey
A longfin mako shark that was tagged by U.S.-Cuban scientists in February 2015.
August 31st, 2015
One of the toothy stars of "Shark Week" has just phoned home after five months at sea, revealing that this longfin mako shark was a prolific and deep-diving swimmer.
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20 Startling Facts About Insects
Miroslaw Swietek insect photography
August 29th, 2015
The most successful creatures on the planet, insects are a wild bunch. From six-legged critters with forehead eyes and breathing holes on their sides to a dragonfly with a 2.5-foot wingspan, here are some of the most amazing and wacky insect facts.
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