Ancient 'Loch Ness monster' reptiles swam like penguins

Dec 18, 2015

Ancient 'Loch Ness monster' reptiles swam like penguins

Plesiosaurs, marine reptiles that thrived in the world’s seas when dinosaurs ruled the land, swam much like penguins by using their flippers to “fly” underwater, scientists said on Thursday, resolving a debate that began nearly two centuries ago. Plesiosaurs had four large flippers, and ...

Six new species of African clawed frog found

Dec 17, 2015

Six new species of African clawed frog found

Scientists have discovered six new kinds of African clawed frog, boosting the number of known species by 30 percent and offering new avenues for research on human disease, said a study Wednesday. The creatures are the “most widely studied amphibians in the world,” and ...

Dec 10, 2015

Fossil of carnivorous whale named to honor 'Moby-Dick'

Don’t call me Ishmael. Call me “Albicetus.” Scientists on Wednesday said fossils unearthed in 1909 in Santa Barbara, California, that had been wrongly categorized for decades as belonging to a group of extinct walruses, were in fact the remains of a fearsome sperm whale ...

Study finds minuscule water bears are huge DNA thieves

Nov 27, 2015

Study finds minuscule water bears are huge DNA thieves

The minuscule but nearly indestructible tardigrade gets a huge chunk of its genome from the DNA of foreign organisms, which scientists say may hold the key to its survival. Also known as water bears or moss piglets due to their morphology, these micro-animals live ...