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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Two new horned dinosaurs, one from Utah and the other from Montana, each sported distinctive facial horns and spiked neck shields, according to two separate papers published in the journal PLOS ONE. The discoveries increase the known diversity of ceratopsians, which were plant-eating horned dinos that roamed North America and Asia during the final stages of the age of...

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A community in northern California is returning to normal after a weekend attack by suspected "killer” bees left several people stung and two dogs dead. The attacks began when beekeeper Arthur Janke tried to move a hive in his backyard in Concord, about 20 miles northeast of Berkeley. The bees in the hive “went berserk,” stinging him through his...

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A bison put in a car by tourists because it looked like it was cold had to be put down, officials at Yellowstone National Park said on Monday. The tourists loaded the animal into their trunk last week and drove it to a ranger station after taking a photograph that prompted a backlash on social media. The newborn...

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The Wolf Conservation Center (WCC), in South Salem, N.Y. had cause to celebrate recently, with the birth of a new Mexican wolf cub, the latest member of a species with only 97 animals left in the wild. The site reported that mom “F1143” gave birth to the cub on May 4 and that the pup, a male the staff...

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