Plants & Animals News, Read facts and information about Plants and Animals from trusted sources, learn about health and vitality of our plants and animals that is essential to our lives, learn how you can help us protect our  plants and animals.

  • The Pentagon built with mineralized microbes predating dinosaurs
    on January 19, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    A new study has found that some of the building blocks of the Pentagon and Empire State Building were made by microbes that lived up to 340 million years ago, predating the dinosaurs. […]

  • Why animals diversified on Earth: Cancer research provides clues
    on January 18, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Can tumors teach us about animal evolution on Earth? Researchers believe so and now present a novel hypothesis of why animal diversity increased dramatically on Earth about half a billion years ago. A biological innovation may have been key. […]

  • Prospective birth control pill for men has its origin in an arrow poison
    on January 17, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    Women have many options for oral contraceptives that are safe, effective and reversible, but despite decades of research, men have none. Now, scientists report a rat study that shows they finally have a good lead for a male birth control pill. It's based on ouabain, a plant extract that African warriors and hunters traditionally used as a heart-stopping poison on their arrows. […]

  • Self-healing fungi concrete could provide sustainable solution to crumbling infrastructure
    on January 17, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    A new self-healing fungi concrete could help repair cracks in aging concrete permanently, and help save America's crumbling infrastructure. […]

  • Scale-eating fish adopt clever parasitic methods to survive
    on January 17, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    A small group of fishes -- possibly the world's cleverest carnivorous grazers -- feeds on the scales of other fish in the tropics. Biologists are trying to understand these scale-feeding fish and how this odd diet influences their body evolution and behavior. […]

  • Not just for Christmas: Study sheds new light on ancient human-turkey relationship
    on January 17, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    For the first time, research has uncovered the origins of the earliest domestic turkeys in ancient Mexico. The study also suggests turkeys weren't only prized for their meat -- with demand for the birds soaring with the Mayans and Aztecs because of their cultural significance in rituals and sacrifices. […]

  • Quick quick slow is no-go in crab courtship dance
    on January 17, 2018 at 3:25 am

    Female fiddler crabs are sensitive to changes in the speed of a male's courtship display, significantly preferring displays that accelerate to those that are performed at a constant speed or slow down. […]

  • Zoology: Luminescent lizards
    on January 16, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Chameleons are known to communicate with conspecifics by altering their surface coloration. Munich researchers have now found that the bony tubercles on the heads of many species fluoresce under UV light and form impressive patterns. […]

  • 'Rainbow' dinosaur had iridescent feathers like a hummingbird
    on January 16, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    Scientists discovered a dinosaur fossil with feathers so well-preserved that they were able to see the feathers' microscopic color-bearing structures. By comparing the shapes of those feather structures with the structures in modern bird feathers, they're able to infer that the new dino, Caihong juji ('rainbow with the big crest') had iridescent rainbow feathers like a hummingbird. […]

  • Surfers three times more likely to have antibiotic-resistant bacteria in guts
    on January 15, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Scientists compared fecal samples from surfers and non-surfers to assess whether the surfers' guts contained E. coli bacteria that were able to grow in the presence of the antibiotic cefotaxime. Cefotaxime has previously been prescribed to kill off these bacteria, but some have acquired genes that enable them to survive this treatment. The study found that 13 of 143 (9 percent) of surfers were colonized by these resistant bacteria, compared to just four of 130 (3 percent) of non-surfers swabbed. […]

  • Genes that aid spinal cord healing in lamprey also present in humans, researchers discover
    on January 15, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Many of the genes involved in natural repair of the injured spinal cord of the lamprey are also active in the repair of the peripheral nervous system in mammals, according to a new study. […]

  • Stingray soft robot could lead to bio-inspired robotics
    on January 13, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Bioengineers have developed a tissue-based soft robot that mimics the biomechanics of a stingray. The new technology could lead to advances in bio-inspired robotics, regenerative medicine and medical diagnostics. […]

  • Expert unlocks mechanics of how snakes move in a straight line
    on January 12, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Biologists are studying the mechanics of snake movement to understand exactly how they can propel themselves forward like a train through a tunnel. […]

  • Print a 200-million-year-old dinosaur 'fossil' in your own home
    on January 12, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    The digital reconstruction of the skull of a 200-million-year-old South African dinosaur, Massospondylus, has made it possible for researchers to make 3-D prints and in this way facilitate research on other dinosaurs all over the world. […]

  • Spider eat spider: Scientists discover 18 new spider-hunting pelican spiders in Madagascar
    on January 11, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Scientists examined and analyzed hundreds of pelican spiders both in the field in Madagascar and through study of pelican spiders preserved in museum collections. Their analysis sorted the spiders studied into 26 different species -- 18 of which have never before been described. The new species add to scientists' understanding of Madagascar's renowned biodiversity, and will help scientists investigate how pelican spiders' unusual traits have evolved and diversified over time. […]

  • Rising temperatures turning major sea turtle population female
    on January 11, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Scientists have used a new research approach to show that warming temperatures are turning one of the world's largest sea turtle colonies almost entirely female, running the risk that the colony cannot sustain itself in coming decades, newly published research concludes. […]

  • Closed marriage: An orchid that never blooms
    on January 11, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    A flower identified as Lecanorchis nigricans has been revealed to be a different identity, Lecanorchis nigricans var. patipetala. Both species are self-pollinating, but the flowers of the true L. nigricans never open. […]

  • Giant extinct burrowing bat discovered in New Zealand
    on January 10, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    The fossilized remains of a giant burrowing bat that lived in New Zealand millions of years ago have been found by a UNSW Sydney-led international team of scientists. Teeth and bones of the extinct bat -- which was about three times the size of an average bat today -- were recovered from 19 to 16-million-year-old sediments near the town of St Bathans in Central Otago on the South Island. […]

  • New depth limit for deep-sea marine burrows
    on January 10, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Scientists have found fossil evidence of deep-sea marine life burrowing up to eight meters below the seabed -- four times the previously observed depth for modern deep-sea life. […]

  • Some lemurs are loners, others crave connection
    on January 9, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    If lemurs were on Facebook, Fern would have oodles of friends, liking and commenting on their posts. Captain Lee, on the other hand, would rarely send a friend request. These are just two of the distinct personalities discovered in a recent study of group dynamics in ring-tailed lemurs, primate cousins that live in groups of up to two dozen on the island of Madagascar. […]

Related Pet
Share the joy
Skip to toolbar