Jun 3, 2015

Chimps found to have basic cooking instinct

Chimpanzees and humans share some of the basic brain skills needed for cooking, a finding that may explain a turning point in the story of mankind, a study said Wednesday. Experiments at a chimp sanctuary suggest a common ancestor imparted these cognitive abilities to ...

Florida scientists document 'virgin births' of endangered sawfish

Jun 2, 2015

Florida scientists document 'virgin births' of endangered sawfish

Scientists have documented in Florida a series of “virgin births,” reproduction without mating, in a critically endangered sawfish species pushed to the brink of extinction by overfishing and habitat destruction. The scientists said Monday it marks the first time the phenomenon called parthenogenesis has ...

May 30, 2015

Rare antelopes mysteriously dying en masse in Kazakhstan

The sudden deaths of tens of thousands of endangered antelopes in ex-Soviet Kazakhstan over the past two weeks have left scientists scrambling for answers and conservationists worried about the animal’s future. Over 120,000 rare saiga antelopes — more than a third of the total ...

Expert judges that dinosaurs were warm-blooded

May 29, 2015

Expert judges that dinosaurs were warm-blooded

Dinosaurs were warm-blooded, according to a scientist who judged their metabolism using body mass and growth rates deduced from fossils of species including Tyrannosaurus rex. Paleontologist Michael D’Emic of Stony Brook University in New York took issue with the conclusion of other researchers last ...

May 28, 2015

English foxes safe for now as Cameron backs down

English foxes won a temporary respite after Prime Minister David Cameron’s promise to repeal a ban on hunting them failed to make it into his program outlined in the Queen’s Speech on Wednesday. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals voiced ...

May 28, 2015

U.S. expands protection for streams, water supply

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled expanded safeguards Wednesday for streams and wetlands that supply drinking water to more than 100 million people. The EPA said it had finalized rules to better ensure that U.S. water protection is “precisely defined and predictably determined.” Approximately ...

Taiji dolphin fishermen vow to continue slaughter

May 28, 2015

Taiji dolphin fishermen vow to continue slaughter

Fishermen in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, vowed Wednesday to continue their dolphin hunt, despite a pledge by zoos and aquariums not to buy animals caught with the controversial method. “We will never stop it,” Yoshifumi Kai of the local fisheries cooperative told reporters. The news ...

Dog domestication much older than previously known

May 22, 2015

Dog domestication much older than previously known

Genetic information from a 35,000-year-old wolf bone found below a frozen cliff in Siberia is shedding new light on humankind’s long relationship with dogs, showing canine domestication may have occurred earlier than previously thought. Today’s dogs, from the Chihuahua to the Great Dane, are ...