Zoo backpedals from naming baby monkey after U.K. princess

May 7, 2015

Zoo backpedals from naming baby monkey after U.K. princess

A zoo in Oita was forced to backpedal on its announcement that it will name a baby Japanese monkey Charlotte in honor of the newborn British princess, following complaints the move is disrespectful to that nation’s royal family. The Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden, popular ...

Early bird winds back the avian clock

May 6, 2015

Early bird winds back the avian clock

Modern birds may have evolved 6 million years earlier than thought, said Chinese paleontologists Wednesday after analyzing the fossil remains of a previously unknown prehistoric relative. The extinct species, of which two fossils were discovered in China’s northeastern Hebei province about two years ago, ...

New avian flu viruses send U.S. scientists scrambling

May 1, 2015

New avian flu viruses send U.S. scientists scrambling

Three highly pathogenic avian flu viruses that have infected poultry and wild birds in the U.S. Midwest appear unlikely to present a significant risk to humans. But the presence of the viruses in North America has scientists scrambling to understand their potential long-term threat. ...

Winged dino sets science world aflutter

Apr 30, 2015

Winged dino sets science world aflutter

The discovery of a pigeon-sized dinosaur with bat-like wings has exposed bizarre twists in the early evolution of birds, said scientists in China Wednesday whose conclusions were immediately challenged. Named Yi qi, for “Strange Wing” in Mandarin, the creature was an odd and unexpected ...