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Ancient Egyptian Art Contains The Records of Past Extinctions

Six thousand years ago, the Egyptian wilderness was a very different place. Lions ruled, zebras gathered in large herds, giraffes foraged from tall trees. We know that, in part, thanks to drawings on the walls of ancient Egyptian tombs. Can ancient art help us better understand modern Egyptian wildlife? »9/09/14 1:22pm9/09/14 1:22pm

Citizen Science Helped Us Understand More About The Adorable Olinguito

It was just a year ago when the world first formally met the olinguito. The discovery of the creature - the first mammal discovered in the Americas in 35 years - made it the smallest member of the family that includes raccoons, coatis, kinkajous and olingos. Thanks to crowdsourcing, we now know a whole lot more about… »8/26/14 9:28am8/26/14 9:28am

How whales made the dramatic evolutionary shift from land to the sea

All whales and dolphins are descended from terrestrial mammals, ancient creatures that were very similar to the modern hippopotamus. Now, a fascinating new genetics study shows the incredible evolutionary changes these animals had to experience to become the perfectly adapted marine animals we see today. »11/25/13 7:40am11/25/13 7:40am

This 'grave robbing' mammal outsmarted the dinosaurs by going underground

Back during the late Cretaceous period there lived a stocky, mole-like mammal that spent its days burrowing tunnels underground. Called Necrolestes patagonensis, it managed to survive the Age of the Dinosaurs and live for another 45 million years before finally dying out. And as scientists have recently learned,… »11/20/12 7:40am11/20/12 7:40am