May 20, 2016

Researchers solve mystery of red color in birds

Scientists said Thursday they have solved a long-standing mystery about what makes some birds red — a color that, when found in beaks and feathers, shows strong sex appeal. The genes affecting coloration belong to a wider family of genes involved in detoxification, said ...

May 19, 2016

Fossil bird had record wingspan

Scientists on Wednesday said they have found the remains of a giant prehistoric bird that lived 50 million years ago in Antarctica and had the largest wingspan ever recorded. Paleontologists at a natural history museum in Argentina said they had identified the pelagornithid, or ...

World's smallest porpoise near extinction in Mexico

May 14, 2016

World's smallest porpoise near extinction in Mexico

Environmentalists warned Friday that Mexico’s vaquita marina, the world’s smallest porpoise, is close to extinction after the government reported that only 60 were found late last year. The population has dramatically dropped despite the arrival of navy reinforcements in the upper Gulf of California ...

30-year-old Siamese is world's oldest living cat

May 11, 2016

30-year-old Siamese is world's oldest living cat

A Siamese cat born during President Ronald Reagan’s administration has been named by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living cat. Guinness says Scooter celebrated his 30th birthday on March 26. He lives in Mansfield, Texas. Owner Gail Floyd attributes Scooter’s longevity to ...