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Are Animals Capable Of Mental Time Travel?

(ANIMAL SCIENCE/CHIMPS) Santino, a chimpanzee from Sweden, has grown famous for his unruly habit of throwing rocks at passing tourists. Over time, he even learned to hide the rocks behind his back and stand a few feet away from the humans to pass himself off as well-intentioned. His behavior led animal experts to delve further into research, eventually establishing evidence for the chimp’s ability to show episodic memory, or what scientists have cleverly coined as “mental time travel.” A cognitive ability previously only attributed to humans, this groundbreaking discovery has opened an inquisitive door to animal neuroscience. Read on to learn more about Santino and his unique ability to display instances of memory. As animals become more and more scientifically akin to humans, will they also become as revered? Share your thoughts in the comments below! — Global Animal

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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. Since we have been limited for so long to just observing animal behavior, the ability to learn about dogs’ brains is a huge breakthrough for these animals. Read on to learn more about Berns’ research and what this new discovery could mean for the rights of dogs everywhere. — Global Animal

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Chicken nuggets contain very little meat.

Half Chicken, Half Disgusting

(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN) If you needed one more reason to quit chicken nuggets, well here it is! Researchers in Mississippi found two nuggets from two national fast food chains that were made up of 50 percent “good” chicken meat, and 50 percent of the grossest ingredients one can imagine. Sure, they were just two nuggets, as detractors of the findings point out, but do you really want to play Russian roulette when other less cruel and definitely healthier alternatives to blood vessels and skin exist? Share your thoughts in the comments below and read on to learn more about fast food trickery. — Global Animal

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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 wax documents the changing levels of hormones within the creature as well as exterior pollutants. It provides researchers with a window into the chemical content of the ocean, hopefully revealing the cause behind the the vast decline of several marine species. With more research, ear wax investigation has the potential to offer substantial hope for whales by unearthing the effects humans have on marine life. Issues like heavy ship traffic and human noise has potentially caused an increase in whale stress levels. Read on to learn the details behind this groundbreaking discovery. — Global Animal

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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 curator of mammals at the Smithsonian, just participated in an Ask Me Anything (AMA) on the social news website, Reddit. Read on for more on the informative Q&A about the olinguito... – Global Animal

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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, the rust-colored animal had been mistakenly identified as it’s larger cousin the olingo. The animal had been spotted in the wild, with it’s bones and pelts stashed away in museum drawers, and even exhibited at zoos where zookeepers were reportedly confused when the mammal refused to breed with the other olingos. It wasn’t until some curious scientists and DNA testing that the olinguito finally got its due. Read on to find out more about this rare discovery and how experts hope this tiny new creature will help open our eyes to the significance of wildlife conservation. — Global Animal

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The Next Frankenstein? Scientist Resurrects Extinct Species

(ANIMAL SCIENCE) Although cloning dogs, cross-breeding, genetically-modified food, and Petri dish-grown organs can be ethically questionable,  it seems society is accepting these scientific advances as the norm. Scientists everywhere are jumping on the opportunity to create, destroy, patent, and profit. With many experimental motives in question, it’s important that we monitor their progression, and if need be, stop it.  One ‘mad’ scientist’s decision to experiment with a new phenomena called de-extinction is gaining notoriety. Read the article below to understand why such experimentation may not be in the best interest of animals. — Global Animal

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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 spines on the front and back of their fins and highly advanced teeth that were almost unheard-of during their time period. Continue reading for more on “Devil Tooth” and this fascinating discovery. — Global Animal

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