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The wolf holds a significant position in foundational mythologies of Eurasia and North America. The Tlingit community god name means “wolf,” and they worship a wolf-head, and the shamanic Turkic believes they are descendants of wolves. Photo Credit: Facebook

Big Bad Wolf Really Is A Fairytale

(WOLVES/ANIMAL SCIENCE) Next time you’re stuck in a graveyard with a full moon in the sky, and you hear a wolf howl in the distance, don’t be afraid. Studies suggest startling wolf howls are just cries of loneliness. Once thought to be a simple stress cry, research shows wolf howls actually change depending on the […]

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A Marmoset monkey used in animal testing

Speak Out Against Useless Monkey Experiments

(MONKEYS/ANIMAL TESTING) In the last several months, controversial NIH-funded “maternal deprivation” experiments, in which infant monkeys are removed from their mothers at birth so investigators can study the psychological consequences, have sparked public debate and a congressional inquiry. Monkey researchers believe their work is justified because of the potential benefits to human patients suffering from […]

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Squid Histioteuthis is a genus of squid that goes by the common name cock-eyed squid, because in all species the right eye is normal-sized, round, blue and sunken. Photo Credit: L. Madin/Census of Marine Zooplankton

Sea Squid Swing Both Ways

(OCEANS/ANIMAL SCIENCE) Animal reproductive strategies have baffled scientists for generations. From the male bottlenose dolphin to sheep, many species in the animal world exhibit same-sex relationships. With remote operating vehicles, researchers are documenting the mating habits of male deep sea squid, who not only show same-sex behavior, but mate with males as often as with […]

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Dogs Ken and Henry were created using DNA plucked from the beloved pet of Paula and Phillip Dupont in Louisiana. Photo Credit: Edmund D. Fountain/NPR

12 Reasons You Don’t Want To Clone Your Pet

(PETS/ANIMAL SCIENCE) So maybe your animal, who was of course the best animal in the whole world, died, and you’d do anything to bring them back. You heard about cloning–it was so long ago that Dolly was cloned (1996, but announced 1997) that by now they should be able to clone your best friend with […]

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Thank Your Pet For These Modern Marvels

(PETS/ANIMAL SCIENCE) While it’s easy to note the emotional impact pets have on humans, these animal companions have also influenced the science world on many occasions, being the inspiration behind numerous modern marvels and scientific breakthroughs. Read on to unveil how dogs and cats have provided creative inspiration for some of the most recognizable products in […]

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<p>The Red Sea roving coralgrouper can use "sign language" to hunt. Photo Credit: Klaus Jost, University of Michigan's Animal Diversity Web</p>

Can Fish Use Sign Language?

(FISH/ANIMAL SCIENCE) Two types of fish—grouper and coral trout—have been found to use sign language to help out their hunting buddies. A study revealed the fish are able to “point” their heads toward prey to alert their partners in crime where their next meal is hiding. After studying gesturing grouper in the wild, researchers found […]

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Do Animals Have A Sense Of Humor?

(WILDLIFE/ANIMAL SCIENCE) Studies show that our great ape relatives, from chimpanzees to gorillas, experience pant-like laughter when positively stimulated. These extremely intelligent beings are also known to have great senses of humor, and are able to crack their own jokes. It was also discovered that rats experience something close to laughter when they are being […]

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Toads may gather into groups before a quake occurs. Photo credit: BBC Nature

Can Animals Predict Earthquakes?

(ANIMAL SCIENCE) CHINA — While studies have shown dogs can possibly predict earthquakes, Chinese government researchers believe that other animals such as chickens, fish, and toads may also be capable of predicting quakes. — Global Animal

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