Velociraptor last meal hints that it scavenged as well

Velociraptors have been repeatedly described by paleonthologists as voracious predators, however a recent study of a 75 million year old specimen revealed that the dinosaur wasn’t picky at all, and didn’t miss the chance to pass a free meal. The conclusion came after a  pterosaur or “Pterodactyl” bone was found in its gut, suggesting that its prey was actually scavenged. The

Penguin manages to escape from Tokyo by swimming at “tremendous speed” [shorties]

Be on the look out for a one year old Humboldt escaped from the Tokyo Sea Life park; the young penguin was caught speeding in the Kyu-Edo River headed towards Tokyo Bay. But wait, things get even better: the penguin apparently escaped by climbing a wall, though how a penguin could climb a wall is beyond me. Maybe there is

Study finds 86% species on Earth and 91% species in the ocean still await description [shorties]

Diversity is one of the most shocking aspects when it comes to life on Earth, and knowing how many species walk this planet alongside us is perhaps one of the most important questions in science. However, despite major advancements being made in the field, an answer to that question is still miles away, as efforts to thoroughly sample and describe

Tree lobster thought extinct for past 80 years is alive and well

During man’s exploits through out history, a great number of species were driven to extinction, either by excessive hunting, habitat destruction, disease or pest introductions and so on. There are currently around 11,000 animal species listed as endangered, and the list is getting ever thicker each day. During the past few decades, as awareness to the hazards of losing some

Scientists prove ‘immortal worms’ can regenerate indefinitely and stay forever young

University of Nottingham scientists spurred a slew of debate in 2008 when they claimed their object of study, the planaria or “flatworm”, might actually be immortal, possessing an indefinite ability to regenerate its cells and thus practically never grow old. In fact, an important distinction must be made, it’s not that the flatworm never grows old that’s interesting, it’s the fact that

Fossils show huge penguin once roamed New Zealand

New Zealand is home of some of the world’s weirdest animals, and things weren’t very different 24 million years ago either: a huge penguin, measuring 1.3 meters tall was found by paleontologists. During the time the penguin lived, New Zealand was mostly underwater, and the only shelter it provided was in the form of isolated, small rocky outcrops which offered

Headless chicken solution envisions Matrix-style farming

Each year, billions of chickens are raised all over the world with the sole purpose of providing meat at the end of their couple of weeks-long lives. The animals are  forced to live in precarious conditions, thousands lined up next to each other, and are stuffed with nutrients designed to make them grow a lot faster than they can handle,

Smallest chameleon, just ONE inch in size, discovered in Madagascar

A team of German and American researchers have discovered four new species of tiny chameleons on the island of Nosy Hara, just off the northern coast of Madagascar, which considered one of the smallest reptiles known to man. Some are so small they can balance on the tip of a match. The  four new species fall under the genus Brookesia,

David Gallo shows jaw dropping underwater astonishments

I recently came across this TED presentation, and I can honestly say it is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen – it totally rocked my world! It shows some truly amazing things happening in deep water regions, and even in shallow waters. I’ll quit my rambling now and just let you watch the video – I

Rare, beautiful snow leopard caught on tape

Unaware of the camera, the elusive animal walks right by while an adult female and a young snow leopard walk just a few more steps away. Perhaps even more important, another recording shows a leopard marking his territory, thus communicating with other snow leopards about gender and breeding status – and sending out a warning. This sighting gives much needed

Shark devours another shark – whole

In what is a soon-to-be classic picture taken by National Geographic, a shark is eating another poor shark whole. Daniela Ceccarelli, of Australia’s Research Council Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies took the picture, while conducting a “fish census” off Great Keppel Island, part of the country’s Great Barrier Reef. She thought she saw a something interesting on the

Butterfly wings inspire ultra-sensitive infrared thermal imaging

Butterflies are one of the most enchanting beings in the animal kingdom, a symbol of grace and beauty encountered in every art form. From a crawling larva to a majestic winged creature, it’s difficult not to take notice of the similarities between the butterfly’s metamorphosis process and the ups and downs life serves before one may truly find himself. Before

Why do zebras have stripes? To ward off blood-sucking insects

The leading theory that explains why zebras are striped (remember the age old riddle? black stripes on white or white stripes on black?) is because it offers them protection against predators, by providing camouflage, as colour blind animals confuse the strips with tall grass in the savanna. A team of researchers from Hungary, however, offer a different, scientific take regarding the development

The oldest animal ever found is 760 million years old

The origins of life is one of the biggest mysteries scientists have been trying to unravel for a very long time. While a lot of effort is being directed to finding alien life, it’s crucial, at least in my opinion, for us to understand how the first signs of life spurred on our own planet. There are a number of

Meet the bat-primate: the highest pitched primate in the world

The size of a fist when fully grown, the tiny Philippine tarsier has always been considered a very quiet being. Ironically, this big eyed, lemur-like animal wasn’t quiet at all, you just needed the right ears to hear him our. Recently, researchers at Humboldt State University in California have proven that the Philippine tarsier is quite the chatty being, communicating with its peers in

How moths could reinvent aerospace [Amazing video]

I used to see moths as simple, clumsy beings, whose sole purpose in life is that of annoying people by hitting light-bulbs head first repeatedly in a closed loop. The hawk moth (Manduca sexta), however, is in a whole different league entirely, and it’s because of this hummingbird-like insect that I’ve come to reconsider my views upon the species. Using high speed cameras,

The oldest crocodile so far found was 30 feet long had a shield for a head

Casey Holliday, a University of Missouri researcher, was looking through some of the hundreds of unlabeled items kept in a storage facility when he come about a remarkable find –  a skull fragment from an ancient croccodile, dating back from the late Cretaceous, around 95 million years ago. What’s really interesting about the find is not only the fact that

Shorties: Burmese Pythons invade the Florida Everglades, endanger local mammals

The disappearance of raccoons and bobcats from the Everglades National Park can be credited to one single event, according to a new study: a python invasion. Sightings of medium sized mammals are down by 99 percent in areas where giant constricting snakes from Asia have been spotted. The growing concern is that the snakes, which can live up to 35

24 million generations later, a mouse grows into an elephant

Around 140 millions years ago, mammals didn’t even outsize a modern day mouse, as dinosaurs dominated Earth’s crowded surface. As the latter became extinct, a myriad of free ecosystems and niches opened up, including those once dominated by giant plant eating dinosaurs, and mammals where quick to fill these up. After compiling and analyzing a fossil record data set of

Virus mutations shows natural selection theory at its best

Darwin’s theory of natural selection illustrates perfectly what evolution is all about, the survival of the fittest if you will. It’s because of natural selection that a crocodile has an armor-like skin to protect it against enemies, a chameleon can change its color and camouflage itself for protection and hunting or humans evolved a more potent brain, and brought us