Scientists discover two new species of burrowing mammal ancestors

Scientists have discovered two new species of burrowing animals that lived in northeastern China 120 million years ago.  Skeletal remains of the species, called Fossiomanus sinensis and Jueconodon chenispiky, reveal they had claws designed for ‘scratch digging’ – a technique to create tunnels using the claws of the forelimbs.  Experts at the American Museum of Natural … Read more

Neuralink could create ‘exotic species’ of dinosaurs, co-founder says

US technology company Neuralink could create ‘novel exotic species’ of dinosaurs in just 15 years, according to Max Hodak, one of its co-founders. Hodak is an American entrepreneur and technologist who co-founded the contentious neurotechnology firm with Elon Musk. The firm, known for putting a computer chip in the brain of a pig, could ‘probably build … Read more

Climate change has sparked a mass exodus of nearly 50,000 marine species from the equator

On June 23, 1988, a sultry day in Washington, James Hansen told Congress and the world that global warming wasn’t approaching – it had already arrived.  The testimony of the top NASA scientist, said Rice University historian Douglas Brinkley, was ‘the opening salvo of the age of climate change.’ Thirty years later, it’s clear that … Read more

Meet Nemo! Adorable new species of peacock spider is named after the Pixar character

A cute species of peacock spider has been named after Nemo, the beloved clownfish in Pixar’s Finding Nemo franchise.  Maratus nemo, which is only about the size of a grain of rice at just over 4mm in length, was discovered by a citizen scientist in South Australia. The new species has been named for its iridescent … Read more

Bones of ancient tree-climbing kangaroo found – new species is Congruus kitcheneri, dubbed Climberoo

Ancient kangaroo which weighed 60kg and could climb trees is discovered for the first time – and researchers say it could change what we know about Australia’s landscape Research on ‘Congruus kitcheneri’ found it lived half on land, half in trees Bones found on the Nullarbor Plain, challenging a belief it was always treeless  Researchers … Read more

Save the black rhino! New bond launched to protect endangered species 

Save the black rhino! World Bank launches ground-breaking new bond to protect endangered species By Daily Mail City & Finance Reporter Published: 21:50 GMT, 24 March 2021 | Updated: 21:50 GMT, 24 March 2021 A ground-breaking  bond has been launched in a bid to save the black rhino.  It will be sold by the World … Read more

Species of turtle, shark, penguin, seal and whale swim in circles – but scientists don’t know why 

Species of turtle, shark, penguin, seal and whale swim in circles, new research shows – but scientists aren’t sure why.  Japanese researchers examined high-resolution 3D movements of the various marine animals, gathered from biologging technology.  Biologging uses using small instruments mounted on an animal to track their movements over long periods of time.  They revealed … Read more

Black-footed ferret called Elizabeth Ann becomes the first endangered species to be clone in the US

One of the most endangered animals in the US got a boost with the birth of a cloned black-footed ferret. Born on December 10, ‘Elizabeth Ann’ is the first successful clone of an endangered species in North America. She was created using cells from a female black-footed ferret that died more than 30 years ago … Read more

New species of whale identified in the Gulf of Mexico

A species of baleen whale that is native to the Gulf of Mexico, called Rice’s whale, is already threatened by extinction – even though it’s only just been properly identified. US experts unravelled ‘a complex species puzzle’ with an analysis of a Rice’s whale skull, which revealed key morphological differences compared with other baleen whale species.   … Read more

One in four wild bee species worldwide ‘haven’t been seen since the 1990s’

A quarter of known bee species in the wild haven’t appeared in public records since the 1990s, a shocking new study reveals.  Argentinian researchers used a publicly available database on specimen collections and observations, complemented by citizen-science efforts.  Despite a large increase in the number of records available, 25 per cent fewer species were reported between … Read more