Ancient flying 'dragon reptile' named after 'Avatar' creature

Sep 12, 2014

Ancient flying 'dragon reptile' named after 'Avatar' creature

Some of the most visually stunning sequences from director James Cameron’s blockbuster movie “Avatar” involved graceful flying creatures that were ridden by blue humanlike beings facing ecological destruction on a moon called Pandora. It turns out that an animal very similar to those “Avatar” ...

Biggest dinosaur predator also the weirdest

Sep 12, 2014

Biggest dinosaur predator also the weirdest

The biggest dinosaur predator that ever stalked the Earth was also the weirdest. Scientists announced on Thursday the discovery in Moroccan desert cliffs of new fossil remains of Spinosaurus aegyptiacus, a 15-meter-long, 7-ton African monster that breaks the mold for how a dinosaur predator ...

U.S. bird species dying out amid development: report

Sep 10, 2014

U.S. bird species dying out amid development: report

Bird populations across the United States are shrinking largely due to development, with the steepest declines in Western states, according to a scientific report released on Tuesday. Described as the most comprehensive review ever of long-term trend data, “The State of the Birds 2014″ ...

Sep 9, 2014

Man dies in suspected shark attack in Australia

A man was killed Tuesday in an apparent shark attack at the popular tourist destination of Byron Bay on Australia’s east coast despite a beachgoer’s rescue attempt, police said. The beachgoer swam 15-20 meters (50-65 feet) from the shore of Clarkes Beach to retrieve ...

Forebears of mammals were nocturnal party animals

Sep 4, 2014

Forebears of mammals were nocturnal party animals

A nocturnal existence is a way of life for numerous mammals, from bats that swoop through dark skies to skunks that emit their noxious spray under moonlight and majestic lions, tigers and leopards that prowl the night. But this love of nightlife appears to ...