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Paleontologists Rebuild A Whale With 4 Legs

A powerful tail, four legs, membranes between the fingers and hooves. This is the whale rebuilt by a team of paleontologists from a well preserved fossil found in Peru. The question is why four legs? The results, published in Current Biology, lead us to think that the body of this marine mammal, four meters long, adapted to its survival on …

New Research Indicates Termites Are Amazing Architects

There are many animals and plants that have developed very advanced structures and skills that have served as inspiration for innovations in the design of architectural structures. Termites are an example. Their nests have been studied as effective examples for ventilation and thermoregulation, but aspects remain to be clarified. New research, published by Science Advances, has combined multiscale X-ray …

Tiger Engages In Cannibalism In India

If there is an animal that enjoys exemplary protection in India, it is the tiger, thanks to the Project Tiger program, considered the most ambitious and successful of all the world plans that try to save this species. Almost 60% of the Asian population of tigers are in India. They also enjoy popular fervor, so that every …

FDA Issues Warning On Sugar Substitute

Although it is obvious, it never hurts to carefully monitor the feeding of our pets. Now, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), one must be particularly careful with a common sugar substitute found in numerous products. The warning focuses on xylitol, a type of sugar alcohol that is sometimes found in sugar-free foods. Although the …

Worm Found That Can Break Glass With Its Sound

When we think of loud sounds, we imagine devices, speakers, sirens and drills – but never a small 29 mm worm, Leocratides kimuraorum, that lives in the sea. But when a team of marine biologists, led by Ryutaro Goto, measured the sounds produced by these worms, they discovered that they reached 157 decibels. A plane taking off, …

New Reptile Species Discovered In The Belly Of A Dinosaur

A team of paleontologists, led by Jingmai O’Connor, has discovered a new dromeosaurid specimen, the Microraptor zhaoianus, with the remains of an almost complete reptile preserved in its stomach. The lizard is unlike any other known Cretaceous and represents a new species that the O’Connor team has christened Indrasaurus wangi in honor of Wang Yuan, a Chinese expert in the paleoherpetofauna. …

Fish Are Losing Their Sense Of Direction Due To Smog

Smog has become the most toxic hallmark of the oceans and a serious threat to its inhabitants. Many species wander lost without being able to use their abilities to communicate, navigate and survive. Faced with the roar of ships and the smells they expel, sometimes they neither hear nor smell what really interests them to orient …

Crustaceans Could Save The Planet

Every year, somewhere in the region of six to eight million tons of waste is generated by the industry of crabs, shrimp and lobster shells. Depending on the country, these leftovers often return to the ocean or end up in landfills where plastic waste accumulates in a relentless manner. Recall that only 10% of plastic …

This Is The First Transgender Plant

The biologist Chris Martine has dedicated much of his work as a scientist to Solanaceaeplants, which includes potatoes, eggplant or pepper, among others. But what has drawn his attention the most are the unusual methods of reproduction of Solanum jobsonii, a new bush tomato species located in the Limmen National Park in northern Australia. It is an andromonoic plant, …

Why Are Forest Fires Getting Stronger?

There are more forest fires and they are getting bigger – but why? Researchers at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment have analyzed this risk based on two realities: increasingly dry and hot summers and abundance of organic fuel in the surrounding lands. For the next few months, the National Interagency Fire Center forecasts a great season of …