Bison Selected as the Official Mammal of the United States
May 13, 2016

Thanks to a new law passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama, the once extinction-threatened bison is now the official mammal of the United States. Read More

Giant “Siberian Unicorn” and Humans May Have Roamed the World Together
March 31, 2016

Russian paleontologists found that an ancient rhino species known as the “Siberian unicorn” likely existed for hundreds of thousands years longer than previously thought. Read More

Giant Ape Went Extinct Rather Than Adapt its Diet
January 7, 2016

The mysterious ape Gigantopithecus, which roamed Earth some 100,000 years ago, went extinct after climate change made its preferred diet of forest fruit unsustainable. Read More

Long-Extinct Galápagos Tortoise Species May Be On Its Way Back
December 14, 2015

A recent expedition to the Galápagos Islands launched a history-making effort to revive two species of giant tortoises previously believed to have gone extinct. Read More

Scientists Decode Secrets of 15-Million-Year-Old Monkey Brain
July 7, 2015

When scientists used 3-D computer imaging to examine the 15-million-year-old skull of an ancient Old World monkey, they discovered some intriguing things. Read More

Ottoman “War Camel” Skeleton Found in Austrian Basement
April 7, 2015

Archaeologists have determined that animal bones found in an Austrian cellar are the remains of a 17th century Ottoman “war camel.” Read More

Scientists Discover Two Giant New Late-Triassic Creatures
March 24, 2015

In the past week, scientists have announced the discovery of a human-sized salamander and a giant “butcher” crocodile, both of which lived some 230 million years ago. Read More

Groundhog Was Once on Punxsutawney’s Menu
February 2, 2015

More than a century ago, Punxsutawney residents relied on groundhogs for more than just weather forecasts. They ate them as well. Read More

Can Scientists Clone a Woolly Mammoth? Should They?
November 19, 2014

Scientists seeking to clone the long-extinct woolly mammoth may have found the best hope yet of achieving their controversial goal. Read More

Ancient DNA Suggests Seals Brought Tuberculosis to New World
August 25, 2014

After analyzing DNA from 1,000-year-old Peruvian skeletons, scientists claim that seals and sea lions were likely the first to bring TB to the ancient Americas. Read More