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Dogs With Floppy Ears: Study Offers Explanation

Dogs With Floppy Ears: Study Offers Explanation

Dogs with floppy ears make them look cute and attractive and a new study has offered an explanation for why this is the case. The domestication of animals occurred thousands of years ago and it is thought that cuter or more friendly and less aggressive animals were chosen to be tamed. Over time, the traits […]

Elephants Shown to Likely Have a Huge Sense of Smell

Elephants Shown to Likely Have a Huge Sense of Smell

Elephants were shown to have a huge number of olfactory receptor genes, which implies they likely have a huge sense of smell. The olfactory (smell) receptor gene repertoires of 13 placental mammals were compared and, surprisingly, elephants had a very large repertoire. The olfactory gene repertoire in elephants was even larger than in dogs. It […]

Wind Farms Potentially Beneficial and Harmful to Offshore Ecosystems

Wind Farms Potentially Beneficial and Harmful to Offshore Ecosystems

Turbines used for wind power have long drawn opposition from those who study wildlife. Many birds and other types of animals have been killed by the large blades of the wind harnessing energy farming equipment. However new studies now show that wind farms off the coast can be beneficial to wildlife. While the blades can still […]

King Penguin Chicks Use Collective Decision Making to Find Home Spot

King Penguin Chicks Use Collective Decision Making to Find Home Spot

King penguin chicks form groups to navigate to their home spot and they need to make collective decisions as they move along their way. As with humans or any animal, when behaving in a group, decisions have to be made. Some will be leaders, some followers. Sometimes there will be cooperation and sometimes conflict. A […]

Endangered Species: Maybe Condoms Will Help?

Endangered Species: Maybe Condoms Will Help?

When animals become extinct it is more than tragic, it is down right disgusting, and when animals appear on the endangered species list it is a very sad and pathetic truth of human behavior. It seems that humans refuse to take responsibility for their actions and turn a blind eye when a creature’s existence comes into question. As if […]

La Jolla Swarm of Anchovies a Mystery

La Jolla Swarm of Anchovies a Mystery

Something odd has shown up off the coast of La Jolla, California! A swarm of anchovies has mysteriously migrated to the La Jolla Shores, leaving oceanographers to try and figure out the reason. Javier Panzar of The Los Angeles Time wrote scientists have not seen anything like this for 30 years. According to Panzar, three […]

Pheromones: New Class Discovered in Fruit Flies

Pheromones: New Class Discovered in Fruit Flies

Pheromones are chemicals that are emitted by animals to mediate bonding behaviors and a new class of pheromones was discovered recently in fruit flies. Pheromones have been studied in many types of animals, including humans, and they have been shown to mediate attraction for mating, bonding behaviors between mothers and their offspring and other behaviors […]

Ancient Bird Soared on Immense Wings

Ancient Bird Soared on Immense Wings

An ancient soaring bird with an immense wingspan of approximately 21 feet has been described in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The bird has been dubbed Pelagornis sandersi, and 25 million years ago it soared over shallow seas covering a part of what is now coastal South Carolina. Ironically enough, the […]

Endangered Species List Might Soon Include Pygmy Sloth

Endangered Species List Might Soon Include Pygmy Sloth

The world’s smallest and rarest sloth, the three-toed pygmy, might soon be included on the endangered species list. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently announced that this small creature deserves protection under the Endangered Species Act. The pygmy sloth can only be located in one area of the world, a very small island […]

Ants May Be Key in Developing New Antibiotics

Ants May Be Key in Developing New Antibiotics

Production of new antibiotics has been on the decline due to the evolution of resistant microbes. At the current rate bacteria are acquiring immunities to drugs commonly used to treat diseases it may soon become nearly impossible to treat even the most basic of ailments, which could result in an increased number of people succumbing to […]

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