17February2019

Lizard fossil provides the missing link in snake origins

There is evidence that the body shapes of snakes and limbless lizards evolved independently Genetic studies suggest that snakes are related to monitor lizards and iguanas, while their anatomy points to amphisbaenians (‘worm lizards’), [...]

Oldest Flying Insect Imprint Found

Mayfly Captured in Flight 300 Million Years Ago. The oldest known full-body impression of a flying insect was preserved in 300 million-year-old sandstone. Oldest known full-body impression of a flying insect Some 312 million years ago, a mayfly [...]

America’s oldest known wild bird a new mother

The oldest known wild bird in the United States isn’t ready to strut into retirement just yet. She’s a mother — again. The bird, a Laysan albatross named Wisdom, was spotted a few weeks ago with a chick at the Midway Atoll National [...]

Hope as rare rhino calves filmed in Indonesia

Hidden cameras have captured proof that Javan rhinos are breeding in Indonesia’s Ujung Kulon National Park, the last redoubt for the endangered mammals, conservationists said Monday. Footage of two adults with two calves was taken in [...]

To avoid being bitten by nocturnal predators and fish develop their own ‘mosquito nets’

To avoid being constantly bitten by nocturnal predators and get a good night’s sleep, fish develop their own ‘mosquito nets’. Alexandra Grutter from University of Queensland Centre for Marine Studies said that while biology [...]

Scientists discover fossilised remains of world’s longest snake

Scientists have found the fossilised bones of a “monster” snake that was more than 40 feet long and weighed more than a ton. The creature, which has been named Titanoboa cerrejonensis, slithered around the South American rainforest [...]

Military eyes glowing secrets of fireflies, others

Someday, the secrets of fireflies or glowing sea plankton could save an American soldier in battle, a Navy SEAL on a dive or a military pilot landing after a mission. That’s the hope behind a growing field of military-sponsored research into [...]

Skeleton of 18th century whale found in London

A 52-feet long, headless whale skeleton is on a temporary display at the Museum of London Docklands in Canary Wharf. It was discovered during excavation work at Bay Wharf in Greenwich. It is believed to have died three centuries ago and probably [...]

Micro-frog found in search for world’s lost amphibians

Pea-sized frog is the old world’s smallest The smallest frog known on the Asian, European, or African continents — and one of the world’s tiniest frogs — was found by a group of scientists searching for “lost amphibians.” [...]

Lucky the Turtle Gets New Legs, Second Chance After Animal Attack

A tiny box turtle surviving on painkillers and antibiotics after having his front legs eaten by a raccoon is getting a second chance and a new pair of legs thanks to a clever veterinarian in California. When Lucky the turtle’s legs were [...]