Why the most exciting discoveries about the lives of dinosaurs are still to come | Dave Hone
With each new find, such as the dinosaur leg recently unearthed in North Dakota, scientists build a more colourful picture of the ancient reptilesAlthough they became extinct 66m years ago, dinosaurs are always news. The latest manifestation of that is the media shower generated bythe discovery of the perfectly preserved leg, including remnants of skin, of a dinosaur in North Dakota.It is suggested that this dinosaur, discovered at the Tanis fossil site, died on the very day the asteroid that caused the mass extinction of all the dinosaurs struck the Earth. It sounds almost too good to be true, but should make for a fascin...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 8, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Dave Hone Tags: Dinosaurs Fossils Science Zoology Evolution Palaeontology World news Source Type: news

We ’re finding out more about dinosaurs than ever – but their sex lives still elude us | Dave Hone
With each new find, such as the dinosaur leg recently unearthed in North Dakota, scientists build a more colourful picture of the ancient reptilesAlthough they became extinct 66m years ago, dinosaurs are always news. The latest manifestation of that is the media shower generated bythe discovery of the perfectly preserved leg, including remnants of skin, of a dinosaur in North Dakota.It is suggested that this dinosaur, discovered at the Tanis fossil site, died on the very day the asteroid that caused the mass extinction of all the dinosaurs struck the Earth. It sounds almost too good to be true, but should make for a fascin...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 8, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Dave Hone Tags: Dinosaurs Fossils Science Zoology Evolution Palaeontology World news Source Type: news

Scientists find fossil of dinosaur ‘killed on day of asteroid strike’
Remains of thescelosaurus in North Dakota believed to date back to extinction of species 66m years agoScientists believe they have been given an extraordinary view of the last day of the dinosaurs after they discovered the fossil of an animal they believe died that day.The perfectly preserved leg, which even includes remnants of the animal ’s skin, can be accurately dated to the time the asteroid that brought about the dinosaurs’ extinction struck Earth 66m years ago, experts say, because of the presence of debris from the impact, which rained down only in its immediate aftermath.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 7, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Kevin Rawlinson Tags: Dinosaurs Fossils North Dakota US news Zoology Evolution Biology World news Science Source Type: news

Wolverine fish and blind eel among 212 new freshwater species
Report from Shoal on 2021 ’s newly described species shows ‘there are still hundreds and hundreds more freshwater fish scientists don’t know about yet’Scientists are celebrating 212 “new” freshwater fish species, including a blind eel found in the grounds of a school for blind children and a fish named Wolverine that is armed with a hidden weapons system.TheNew Species 2021 report, released by the conservation organisation Shoal, shows just how diverse and remarkable the world ’s often undervalued freshwater species are, and suggests there is plenty more life still to be discovered in the world’s lakes, riv...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 24, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Graeme Green Tags: Fish Rivers Conservation Environment Global development Science Zoology Biology Mumbai India South and Central Asia World news Myanmar Japan Asia Pacific Biodiversity Source Type: news

Octopuses were around before dinosaurs, fossil find suggests
Oldest known ancestor of octopuses unearthed in Montana in form of approximately 330m-year-old fossilScientists have found the oldest known ancestor of octopuses – an approximately 330m-year-old fossil unearthed in Montana.The researchers concluded the ancient creature lived millions of years earlier than previously believed, meaning that octopuses originated before the era of dinosaurs.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 8, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Associated Press in Washington Tags: Palaeontology Dinosaurs Evolution Biology Fossils Science Zoology US news World news Source Type: news

The zoologist sticking her neck out in the battle of the sexes
Our ideas about males and females are wildly out of date, says zoologist Lucy Cooke. Here, she reveals some radical truths about the birds, the bees … and the bonobosLondon Zoo at half-term is a cheerful cacophony with blue macaws out-screaming six-year-olds, but in the relative calm of the lush spider “walkthrough” exhibit (apologies, arachnophobes), Lucy Cooke is happily absorbed. “Let’s see if we can see a big predatory female,” she says. We can: a gorgeously colourful golden orb weaver sits in the centre of her vast gold-tinted web, 125 times bigger than her tiny mate. “I didn’t realise that the majorit...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 6, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Emma Beddington Tags: Animal behaviour Biology Sex Science Life and style Books Source Type: news

Paleontology ‘a hotbed of unethical practices rooted in colonialism’, say scientists
The study of fossils and prehistoric species is exploitative of local communities, says international teamThe public image of palaeontologists as dusty, but rather affable academics, could be due an update. The study of ancient life is a hotbed of unethical and inequitable scientific practices rooted in colonialism, which strip poorer countries of their fossil heritage, and devalue the contributions of local researchers, scientists say.Writing in the journalRoyal Society Open Science, an international team of palaeontologists argue that there has been a steady drain of plesiosaurs, pterosaurs, prehistoric spiders, and othe...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 2, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Linda Geddes Science correspondent Tags: UK news Dinosaurs Evolution Fossils Science Colonialism World news Zoology Source Type: news

Tyrannosaurus rex may have been three species, scientists say
Experts say there is enough variation in samples to argue there was also a Tyrannosaurus imperator and a reginaWith its immense size, dagger-like teeth and sharp claws, Tyrannosaurus rex was a fearsome predator that once terrorised North America. Now researchers studying its fossils have suggested the beast may not have been the only tyrannosaurus species.Experts studying remains thought to belong to T rex have suggested their variation shows evidence of not one species but three.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 1, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Science correspondent Tags: Dinosaurs Evolution Fossils Science Biology Zoology UK news US news World news Source Type: news

A Decade of Success - ‘Creative Mind’ Traveling Exhibit Spotlights Prominent Black Scientists and Researchers
“The Creative Mind” has spent the last decade bringing heightened visibility to the contributions and stories of trailblazing African Americans in science, engineering, and medicine — such as mathematical engineer Christine Darden, astronaut Mae Jemison, zoologist Shirley Malcom, and many others. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - February 23, 2022 Category: Science Source Type: news

The week in wildlife – in pictures
The best of this week ’s wildlife pictures, including a two-day-old baby elephant, an invasive toad species and a bamboo sharkContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 10, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Arnel Hecimovic Tags: Wildlife Environment Animals Zoology Photography Biology Science World news Source Type: news

Fossil remains of herd of 11 dinosaurs discovered in Italy
Exceptional find includes biggest and most complete dinosaur skeleton ever unearthed in the countryA treasure trove of fossils of a herd of 11 dinosaurs has been identified for the first time in Italy, including the biggest and most complete dinosaur skeleton ever found in the country.Although isolateddinosaur remains have been discovered in Italy since the 1990s, palaeontologists have now identified an entire group at Villaggio del Pescatore, a former limestone quarry close to the north-eastern port city of Trieste.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 2, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Angela Giuffrida in Rome Tags: Dinosaurs Fossils Italy Palaeontology Zoology Evolution Biology Science Europe World news Source Type: news

Nobel-winning stock market theory used to help save coral reefs
Portfolio selection rules on evaluating risk used to pick 50 reefs as ‘arks’ best able to survive climate crisis and revive coral elsewhereA Nobel prize-winning economic theory used by investors is showing early signs of helping save threatened coral reefs, scientists say.Researchers at Australia ’s University of Queensland usedmodern portfolio theory (MPT), a mathematical framework developed by the economist Harry Markowitz in the 1950s to help risk-averse investors maximise returns, to identify the 50 reefs or coral sanctuaries around the world that are most likely to survive the climate crisis and be able to repop...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 28, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Karen McVeigh Tags: Coral Environment Conservation Oceans Science Zoology Biology Marine life Wildlife Source Type: news

How widespread is Covid in animals and what are the risks to humans?
Zoologists fear wildlife may become reservoir of infection that could be transmitted to people (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - November 18, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Sharks spotted in famous river that runs through London
“Flowing through one of the world’s greatest cities, the Tidal Thames is home to myriad wildlife as diverse as London itself,” the Zoological Society of London’s director of conservation and... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blue Whales and Broken Hearts: A Zoologist's Take on the Heart Blue Whales and Broken Hearts: A Zoologist's Take on the Heart
This Q&A with American Museum of Natural History zoologist Bill Schutt about his latest book,"Pump: A Natural History of the Heart," begins with the largest heart in the animal kingdom.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - November 8, 2021 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news