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No Crap: Missing 'Mega Poop' Starves Earth
A diagram showing how animal poop moves nutrients around the ecosystem (numbers are in kilograms).
October 26th, 2015
Earth has a poop problem. The extinction of whales and other megafauna has resulted in a shortage of mega-manure, which is essential for spreading nutrients around the globe at sea and on land.
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Boneworms Dined on Ancient Sea Serpents
April 14th, 2015
Bone-eating worms that can devour an entire whale carcass were also feasting on prehistoric reptiles more than 100 million years ago.
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All About the Bass: How Baleen Whales Hear Very Low Frequencies
fin whale skull
January 29th, 2015
Little is known about how baleen whales process low-frequency sounds. Now, researchers have found that baleen whales have specialized skulls that can capture the energy of low frequencies and direct it toward their ear bones to hear.
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Giant Whales' Mouths Have Unique Nerves: They Stretch
May 7th, 2015
A massive whale's nerves can unfold and recoil like a bungee cord, explaining how they can balloon their mouths while feeding.
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Gray Whale Breaks Mammal Migration Record
western gray whale
April 14th, 2015
The western gray whale now holds the record as the mammal with the longest known migration, researchers say.
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Whale Genes Offer Hints to Longer Life Spans
Bowhead whale
January 5th, 2015
Researchers have charted the bowhead whale's genome in a search for genes that fight off aging.
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Incredible Video: Curious Whale Inspects Underwater Robot
Sperm whale
April 15th, 2015
A lucky group of ocean lovers got the surprise of a lifetime when a huge sperm whale swam into their live video broadcast.
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17-Million-Year-Old Whale Skull Helps Place Humanity's First Steps
ancient whale skull
March 16th, 2015
A 17-million-year-old beaked whale fossil is helping researchers solve a puzzle about the likely birthplace of humanity in East Africa, a new study finds.
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Photos: Drone Reveals Killer Whales
photos of killer whales
October 21st, 2014
A tiny drone has captured stunning images of a killer whale pod, revealing which whales are pregnant and malnourished.
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