DNews
An early armored dinosaur that lived in what is now Texas lacked the weaponized tail of a famous cousin, but it made up for it with a sense of smell that found food and sniffed out trouble. The dino, Pawpawsaurus campbelli, lived around 100 million years ago, and researchers have reported their findings on the first-ever CT scans on...

DNews
It often gets really hot in May in Phalodi, a city in the arid northeastern Indian state of Pajasthan. But last Thursday, it got really, really hot. The thermometer reading that day peaked at 51 degrees Celsius, the equivalent of 123.8 degrees Fahrenheit, the Times of India reported. For perspective, that’s the hottest temperature ever recorded in India, beating the previous...

DNews
A fossil from a newly discovered animal that didn’t look like it was supposed to has given scientists a window into the evolutionary period just after the worst mass extinction event the planet has ever known. The new species, an ichthyosaur named Sclerocormus parviceps, was a marine reptile dating to the Lower Triassic, and it looked nothing like other...

DNews
Squid, octopus and cuttlefish are on the rise, finds new research on these animals, which are collectively known as cephalopods. Nicknamed the “weeds of the sea,” these animals have experienced impressive population growth over the past 60 years and at a time when many fish species have been declining in numbers, according to the new study, which is published...

DNews
A drone has captured a bloody feeding frenzy by around 70 tiger sharks on a dead whale, turning the pristine waters of the aptly named Shark Bay in Australia red. Two boatloads of tourists were on a cruise to Dirk Hartog Island in Western Australia when they came across the gruesome spectacle on Friday. Geraldton-based Eco Abrolhos Cruises sent...

DNews
A group of beermakers in Delray Beach, Fla., north of Miami, has created a way to sell six packs with rings that are made of biedegradable — and edible — material. Saltwater Brewery now sells “edible six pack rings … using barley and wheat remnants from the brewing process,” the company says in a video, below: Between 40,000 and...

DNews
The presence of Nile crocodiles as recently as two years ago has been confirmed in a place very far from the species’ native Africa: the Everglades in South Florida. Thanks to DNA analysis, researchers from the Florida Museum of Natural History say in a new study that three juveniles of the species (Crocodylus niloticus) found in the Everglades between 2000...

DNews
The idea of an oak or a spruce tree taking a snooze seems a bit bizarre. But for the first time, scientists have observed physical changes in trees that correspond in some ways to sleep in humans and animals, or at least to our day-night rhythm. Researchers from Austria, Finland and Hungary used laser scanners to scan two trees...

DNews
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) is hailing the hatching of the first captive-bred Florida grasshopper sparrow chicks, born at the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation (RSCF) in Loxahatchee, Fla.. The species, says the FWS in a release, is one of North America's most endangered birds, with only an estimated 150 left in the wild. Pretty Plumage Sets These...

DNews
For the first time, scientists say they have made a direct link between the enormous eyes of a net-casting spider and its ability to hunt at night, something implied in the past but never tested. In a new study, researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln wanted to see how the spider Deinopis spinosa fared without its two biggest eyes...

More