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The Origin of Species Diversity Might Not Be What Scientists Thought

A large new study of ovenbird lineages questions whether competing species push each other to evolve.

Prepare Your Barbies for Fearsome Medieval Combat With the “Faire Play” Kickstarter Campaign

4 years agoHumor : Geekosystem

3D printer extraordinaire Jim Rodda, whom you might remember from his Open Source tabletop wargame Seej, is raising funds to begin a new project: he wants to create realistic, lavishly detailed 3D models of medieval armor made specifically for the Fashionista Barbie doll. Ken'd better watch himself, that's for sure.

'Breaking bad': Insect pests in the making

Of thousands of known species of Drosophila fruit flies, just one is known as a crop pest, depositing eggs inside ripening fruit so its maggots can feed and grow. New research from the University of California, Davis, shows the similarities and crucial differences between this pest and its close relatives — and that one related fly has potential to also become a pest. read more

Nineteen new speedy praying mantis species discovered that hide and play dead to avoid capture

A scientist has discovered 19 new species of praying mantis from Central and South America. The new species of bark mantises were discovered in tropical forests and also found among existing museum collections. Dr. Gavin Svenson, curator...Show More Summary

A new Species of Cambrian Arthropod Tanglangia Shows Biogeographic Links Between Australia and China

The ‘great appendage’ arthropod Tanglangia: Biogeographic connections between early Cambrian biotas of Australia and South ChinaAuthors:Paterson et alAbstract:The Cambrian ‘great appendage’ arthropod Tanglangia Luo and Hu in Luo et al.,...Show More Summary

New ‘Peanuts’ Movie First Look: Charlie Brown and Snoopy Head Back to the Big Screen

The last time Charlie Brown and Snoopy were in their own big-screen feature was in 1980. But 2015 is the 65th anniversary of the debut of Charles Schulz‘s comic strip ‘Peanuts,’ and also the 50th anniversary of their wonderful special A Charlie Brown Christmas. Show More Summary

New Dino-era Lizard

4 years agoArts : Coxsoft Art News

I admire artists' impressions of long-extinct species of dinosaur-era reptiles imagined out of unearthed bones. These are Sphenodontines by an anonymous artist. Argentinean paleontologists have announced the discovery of a new species...Show More Summary

Hatchi turns your Pebble smartwatch into a virtual pet

For many of us who survived the '90s, virtual pets are but a distant memory. That said, the Tamagotchi just turned 17 and Bandai (its parent company) is still cranking out new pets, so apparently the digital species is far from extinct. It makes...

Priosphenodon avelasi: Argentinean paleontologists discover a new species of dinosaur-era reptile

4 years agoArts : Artdaily

It?s a new species that stands out because it?s so small. The Sphenodontines were a diverse species of reptiles during the era of Dinosaurs and their known herbivore branch was always over a meter in length. However, this new specimen found in Chubut is roughly only 20 centimeters long. Show More Summary

Lurking in the darkness of Chinese caves, five new species of armored spiders come to light

Armored spiders are medium to small species that derive their name from the complex pattern of the plates covering their abdomen strongly resembling body armor. Lurking in the darkness of caves In Southeast China, scientists discover and describe five new species of these exciting group of spiders.

Pint-sized tyrannosaur was king of the Arctic

4 years agoArts : Artdaily

A pint-sized tyrannosaur braved the frigid Arctic and feasted on fellow dinosaurs 70 million years ago, according to a report Wednesday on a new species identified from fossilized skull bones in Alaska. Scientists have crowned the fierce...Show More Summary

Chaoyangodens lii: a new Eutriconodont Mammal From Aptian Cretaceous Jehol Biota

A new eutriconodont mammal from the early Cretaceous Jehol Biota of Liaoning, ChinaAuthors:Hou et alAbstract:A new genus and species of eutriconodont mammal, Chaoyangodens lii gen. et sp. nov., from the Dawangzhangzi bed of Yixian Formation, Lingyuan, Liaoning, is reported. Show More Summary

Lurking in the darkness of Chinese caves 5 new species of armored spiders come to light

Armored spiders are medium to small species that derive their name from the complex pattern of the plates covering their abdomen strongly resembling body armor. Lurking in the darkness of caves In Southeast China, scientists discover and describe five new species of these exciting group of spiders. The study was published in the open access journal ZooKeys. read more

Nanuqsaurus hoglundi, A New Tyrannosaur from Alaska

A Diminutive New Tyrannosaur from the Top of the World. 2014. Fiorillo, A.R., and R.S. Tykoski. PLoS ONE 9(3): e91287 Nanuqsaurus hoglundi, a new tyrannosaurine species from Prince Creek Formation in Northern Alaska is described based...Show More Summary

New fossil species reveals parental care of young from 450 million years ago

A portrait of prehistoric parenthood captured deep in the fossil record has been uncovered by an international team of scientists. The 'nursery in the sea' has revealed a species new to science -- with specimens preserved incubating their eggs together with probable hatched individuals. Show More Summary

Fossil porpoise has a chin for the ages

Scientists have identified a new species of ancient porpoise with a chin length unprecedented among known mammals and suggest the animal used the tip of its face to probe the seabed for food. Related to living crown porpoises, the extinct...Show More Summary

Gut bacteria essential for immune cell development

A new study finds that gut bacteria play an important role in the development of white blood cells that help the body's immune system fight infection.The human body is home to thousands of species of microbes - collectively known as the microbiome - that we are increasingly coming to realize are essential to health. Show More Summary

New fossil species: Origin of toothed whale echolocation

A new fossil species, Cotylocara macei, shows evidence of echolocation and the complex anatomy underlying this unique behavior that has evolved in toothed whales, dolphins and porpoises. "Its dense bones and air sinuses would have helped...Show More Summary

Methodology for authenticating canned tuna species within 24 hours

Scientists have developed a new method to authenticate canned tuna, which allows you to check if a product is albacore tuna, yellowfin or bigeye tuna, and others tuna species within 24 hours. So far, the genetic methods for establishing proper DNA identification used to take several days to produce some conclusive results. Show More Summary

New fossil find: Precursor of European rhinos found in Vietnam

Scientists have recovered fossils of two previously unknown mammal species that lived about 37 million years ago. The newly described mammals show a surprisingly close relationship to prehistoric species known from fossil sites in Europe. Show More Summary

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