Crustaceans Discovered ‘Pollinating’ Seaweeds in Scientific First

Crustaceans Discovered ‘Pollinating’ Seaweeds in Scientific First

Pollination is the trademark of flowering plants, with animal pollinators such as bees and birds sustaining the world’s food supplies – not to mention our cravings for coffee, honey, and macadamia nuts. But new research raises the possibility that animal-assisted pollination may have emerged in the sea, long before plants moved ashore. The study, conducted … Read more

New Study Offers a Surprising Timeline For Earth’s Sixth Mass Extinction

New Study Offers a Surprising Timeline For Earth’s Sixth Mass Extinction

A climate scientist at Tohoku University in Japan has run the numbers and does not think today’s mass extinction event will equal that of the previous five. At least not for many more centuries to come. On more than one occasion over the past 540 million years, Earth has lost most of its species in … Read more

Bizarre, Tentacled ‘Flower’ Creature Glimpsed in The Depths of The Pacific

Bizarre, Tentacled ‘Flower’ Creature Glimpsed in The Depths of The Pacific

New footage showing a giant, peculiar-looking tentacled sea creature floating languidly in the depths of the Pacific Ocean has left researchers questioning if what they’re seeing is a new species. A team of scientists spotted the strange animal while on board the E/V Nautilusa research vessel used by the Ocean Exploration Trust – a nonprofit … Read more

Scientists Analyzed Penguin DNA And Found Something Quite Remarkable

Scientists Analyzed Penguin DNA And Found Something Quite Remarkable

Penguins are no strangers to climate change. Their life history has been shaped by rising and falling temperatures, and their bodies are highly specialized for some of Earth’s most extreme conditions. And yet, scientists are concerned with the evolutionary path of the penguin may be grinding to a halt, thanks to what appears to be … Read more

Newly Discovered Giant Predatory Dinosaur Had Tiny Arms, But It’s Not Related to T. Rex

Newly Discovered Giant Predatory Dinosaur Had Tiny Arms, But It’s Not Related to T. Rex

Researchers have discovered a new species of giant dinosaur that has been called Meraxes gigas: just like the tyrannosaurus rex, Mr gigas has very short forelimbs, and it seems that both of these massive dino theropods evolved the trait separately. Not only are T. rex and Mr gigas a long way apart on the evolutionary … Read more

Nearly 1,000 Microbe Species Have Just Been Discovered in ‘Extreme’ Tibetan Glaciers

Nearly 1,000 Microbe Species Have Just Been Discovered in ‘Extreme’ Tibetan Glaciers

Living as a microbe on the Tibetan Plateau isn’t easy. Frigid temperatures, high levels of solar radiation, not a lot to eat, and you’d regularly get frozen and then thawed depending on the time of year. So, it’s a bit of a surprise that in these ‘extreme environmental conditions’ scientists have discovered 968 species featuring … Read more

Dogs Could Have Joined Humans More Than Once, Ancient Wolf DNA Has Revealed

Dogs Could Have Joined Humans More Than Once, Ancient Wolf DNA Has Revealed

The beloved pooch snoring on your couch or sticking a snoot under your arm at dinner time came from a much wilder origin. At some point, dogs diverged from gray wolves under the guidance of domestication, to become the diverse fuzzbutts that fill our homes and hearts with such joy today. Exactly when and how … Read more

Sea Dragons Are Incredibly Strange Creatures, And We May Finally Know Why

Sea Dragons Are Incredibly Strange Creatures, And We May Finally Know Why

Spotting a wispy sea dragon, floating amongst the seaweed, embellished with leaf-like adornments ruffling in swaying ocean currents, is truly a sight to behold. But there is more to sea dragons than meets the diver’s eye. Bedazzled as they may be, sea dragons are also missing teeth, lacking ribs, and their spines are curved and … Read more

Ontario cabinet minister faces hearing on private endangered species charges

Ontario cabinet minister faces hearing on private endangered species charges

Ontario’s new natural resources minister is facing a hearing to determine whether he harmed a threatened turtle species when he was the mayor of a small town. The charges brought in a private prosecution allege that Graydon Smith and the Town of Bracebridge, where Smith served as mayor, harmed Blanding’s turtles as well as posed … Read more

There’s a Surprising Similarity Between The Brains of Humans And Octopuses

There’s a Surprising Similarity Between The Brains of Humans And Octopuses

Scientists have already established that octopuses are smarter than your average invertebrate, but a new discovery suggests one of the reasons why: a specific molecular analogy with the human brain. Both the human genome and the octopus genome contain a high number of ‘jumping genes’ or transposons, which are able to duplicate themselves or move … Read more