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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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<p>The social companionship pets offer to their parents helps promote a healthy heart. Photo Credit: </p>

Friends With (Health) Benefits

(LIFE WITH PETS) Being a pet parent might have a positive effect on an important vital organ: the heart. Researchers at Kitasato University in Japan conducted an experiment involving the variation in heartbeats in people with pets and those without pets. Heartbeat variations are important to maintain a healthy heart, and evidence suggests that pets […]

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<p>Mother goats remember their kids' voices a year after separation. Photo Credit: Brian Squibb</p>

A Mama Goat Never Forgets

(MOTHER’S DAY/ANIMAL SCIENCE) Many mammal moms recognize their babies’ cries during the post-birth and nursing periods, but it can be difficult to observe whether those bonds last over time. However, according to new research, mother goats are able to recognize their babies’ bleats at least a year after separation. Read on to learn more about […]

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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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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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Whales still get hit despite ship speed regulations and observation systems. Photo Credit: Discovery

Ear Wax Tells Whale’s Tale

(WILDLIFE/ANIMAL SCIENCE) The endangered blue whale’s ear wax could be the key to saving the beloved species. Scientists from Texas have analyzed a 10-foot-long earplug retrieved from a blue whale who passed away due to a collision with a ship off the coast of Santa Barbara, California in 2007. Like a tree’s rings, the ear […]

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<p>Castoreum is a beaver excretion used in combination with urine to scent mark territory. It is used in vanilla and raspberry flavorings and is labeled on foods under "natural flavorings." Photo Credit: Stevehdc, Wikimedia Commons</p>

Busy Beavers Battle Climate Change

(WILDLIFE/ANIMAL SCIENCE) We all know beavers have heavy workloads. But scientists have found that beavers also play a prominent role in cutting carbon emissions. Approximately eight percent of carbon is reduced by the carefully crafted beaver dam, which is 18 percent less than the potential reduction rate if it were not for human disturbance to […]

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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>Judging by the size of its teeth, the "Devil-Tooth" shark was around three-and-a-half feet long - slightly smaller than a leopard shark (pictured above). Photo Credit: Corbis via Daily Mail</p>

Satan Shark Discovery Shocks Scientists

(ANIMAL SCIENCE) A new prehistoric shark species has been discovered in Flagstaff, Arizona. The Diablodontus michaeledmundi, also known as “Devil Tooth,” had dangerously sharp teeth and hook-shaped head spikes, giving the creature a somewhat demonic appearance. Scientists suspect the horn-like protrusions evolved either for self-defense or for attracting potential mates. In addition to their devilish prongs, these unique predators also had […]

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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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