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Painting of Elasmotherium sibiricum by Heinrich Harder, ca. 1920 Photo Credit: Heinrich Harder, Wikimedia Commons

New Fossil Discovery Proves Unicorns Were Real?!

(ANIMAL DISCOVERY/RHINOS) Believe it or not, unicorns were once real! Researchers working in Kazakhstan have identified a new fossil site containing the remains of massive mammals, including these previously thought mythical creatures. However, this unicorn species is actually a type of giant rhinoceros called Elasmotherium sibiricum. What’s more, their findings determined the now-extinct giant ‘Siberian […]

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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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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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Alien Squid Footage Surfaces

(ANIMAL NEWS/OCEANS DISCOVERY) Rare video footage of an unusual squid has the Internet in a frenzy over alien conspiracy theories. The squid in question is a 26-foot-long Magnapinna squid, one of the most curious looking ocean dwellers. The squid was recorded by a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) in the Gulf of Mexico. The footage shows the rarely seen […]

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Asian Unicorn Spotted For First Time In 21st Century

(ENDANGERED SPECIES) VIETNAM — The saola, dubbed the “Asian Unicorn” because the species is rarely seen by humans, was recently spotted in Vietnam’s Central Annamite mountains. This marks the first time a saola has been seen, yet alone photographed in over 14 years. According to the World Wildlife Fund, the last reported saola sighting was in […]

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Dolphin Discovery Rises To Surface

(OCEANS/ANIMAL SCIENCE) Scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) discovered a new species of humpback dolphin off coast of Australia. This find is a huge step in the efforts to conservation  marine life. Humpback dolphins are considered threatened in some waters, and the discovery of this new species will help in the conservation of the humpback dolphins. Keep reading to […]

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Man’s Best Friend Or Man’s Best Man?

(ANIMAL WELFARE/SCIENCE) Gregory Berns and his research team has successfully trained dogs to sit still for long enough in an MRI Scanner to receive a clear image of their brains. Images have proven dogs are more like people than we think, especially when considering brain activity in the specific brain region called the caudate nucleus. […]

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<p>Usually a rare sight in the wild, an oarfish was found off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Photo Credit: meltybuzz</p>

Sea Serpents in Spain?

(OCEANS/ANIMAL DISCOVERY) Recent pictures of unknown marine animal remains have sparked interest around the globe. Scientists speculate the animal found on a beach in Spain is likely a shark, but could possibly be an oarfish. However, because of the similarity of the remains to legendary sea monsters, such as the Loch Ness Monster, the remains are […]

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<p>Smithsonian scientists discover a new carnivorous mammal species in the western hemisphere called the olinguito. PHOTO CREDIT:</p>

Meet the World’s Latest Animal Discovery

(ANIMAL DISCOVERY) The animal kingdom got a lot cuter this week, thanks to researchers at the Smithsonian. The Museum of Natural History announced a new species of mammal on Thursday called the olinguito. A member of the raccoon family, the olinguito was discovered in the treetops of South America’s Andes mountain range. Dr. Kristofer Helgen, the […]

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<p>Smithsonian scientists discover a new carnivorous mammal species in the western hemisphere called the olinguito. PHOTO CREDIT:</p>

New Animal Found: How’d We Miss This Cutie?!

(ANIMAL DISCOVERY) The Animal Kingdom welcomes a new member to it’s family. For the first time in thirty-five years, scientists from the Smithsonian Institute discovered a new species of carnivore mammal called the olinguito. Weighing only two pounds, the smallest member of the raccoon family lives in the treetops of the Andes Mountains. For decades, […]

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<p>In this undated image provided by the American Birding Association, a Rufous-necked wood-rail walks along the edge of a marsh. Photo Credit: AP Photo, American Birding Association, Jeffrey Gordon</p>

Rare Bird Sighting Sparks Flocking Frenzy

(BIRDS) For the first time ever, the Rufous-necked wood-rail bird was spotted in the United States at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. This rare discovery has ignited a birding frenzy as the species is typically found along the coasts and tropical forests of Central and South America. Ever since, hundreds of […]

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<p>Scientists examine woolly mammoth remains. Photo credit:</p>

De-Extinction: A Selfless Act?

(WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) Some genetic researchers are interested in bringing back extinct species by using DNA preserved since before their extinction. As critics point out, with more species going extinct every day due to habitat loss, climate change, and poaching, we may not be competent and cooperative enough to protect and care for these animals in a responsible […]

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<p>These beautifully bright  8-inch creatures exist only in the alpine forest of Mount Kaputar in New South Wales. Photo credit: Photo: NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service</p>

The Most Amazing Slug You’ll Ever See

(ANIMAL DISCOVERY) In the misty rain-forests, high atop an Australian mountain, scientists have discovered some very unusual, yet uniquely stunning creatures: fluorescent hot-pink slugs by the name of Triboniophorus aff. Graeffei. The pink slug of Mount Kabutar in New South Wales, Australia is rarely seen, as it is confined to this one remote area of land and only comes out […]

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<p>A skeleton of the South African reptile Eunotosaurus africanus. Photo Credit: Tyler Lyson</p>

How The Turtle Shell Became Home

(ANIMAL SCIENCE) The recent discovery of a well-preserved Eunotosaurus fossil, a relative of the turtle, has filled in a 55-million-year-old gap in the turtle fossil record and has provided some insight into how the turtle shell was formed. Turtle shells are over 260 million years old and evolved long before dinosaurs ever roamed the earth. These complex structures […]

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