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Panda Diplomacy: The World’s Cutest Ambassadors
March 16, 2017

What has two black eyes, a short fuzzy tail, ears that look like pom-poms and can repair international wounds with nothing but their presence? Read More

Scientists Say They Could Bring Back Woolly Mammoths Within Two Years
February 17, 2017

A team of scientists working on the “de-extinction” of the woolly mammoth say they are on the brink of resurrecting the prehistoric species, in a revised form. Read More

The Thanksgiving Raccoon That Became a Presidential Pet
November 18, 2016

In November 1926 President Calvin Coolidge pardoned a live animal intended for his Thanksgiving dinner and adopted it as a pet. This was no turkey, however, but a raccoon. Read More

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