Scientists find new miniature frog species in India

Feb 22, 2017

Scientists find new miniature frog species in India

Scientists have discovered four new species of miniature night frogs small enough to sit on a fingernail in a remote part of India, according to a report published on Tuesday. The researchers, who spent five years exploring the lush Western Ghats mountains, said the ...

Japan zoo culls monkeys carrying 'invasive' genes

Feb 21, 2017

Japan zoo culls monkeys carrying 'invasive' genes

A zoo in the city of Futtsu, Chiba Prefecture, has culled 57 native snow monkeys by lethal injection after finding that they carried genes of an “invasive alien species,” officials said Tuesday. The Takagoyama Nature Zoo housed 164 simians that it believed were all ...

Feb 16, 2017

Fossils show quick rebound of life after ancient mass extinction

Fossils including sharks, sea reptiles and squid-like creatures dug up in Idaho reveal a marine ecosystem thriving relatively soon after Earth’s worst mass extinction, contradicting the long-held notion life was slow to recover from the calamity. Scientists on Wednesday described the surprising fossil discovery ...

Feb 15, 2017

Cat lost in Austria turns up in the Netherlands

Six months after her cat ran away, a woman in the Netherlands is looking forward to a reunion — in an Austrian village 950 kilometers (600 miles) away. Austrian state broadcaster ORF reports that Pepper recently turned up in Aschbach-Markt, west of Vienna. She ...

Gecko does 'striptease' to avoid becoming lunch

Feb 9, 2017

Gecko does 'striptease' to avoid becoming lunch

A newly discovered gecko uses a weird but ingenious tactic to evade capture: it strips down to its pink, naked skin and flees, leaving its attacker with a mouthful of scales, scientists have revealed. The hard, dense flakes come off with “exceptional ease” and ...