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Category: Animals

Saber-Toothed Cats and Bear Dogs

Ancient Cats and Dogs Got Along, Study Shows

Nine million years ago, saber-toothed cats and bear dogs coexisted by divvying up prey and territory.

Dinosaur Arthritis

Arthritisaurus: Did Elderly Dinos Get Inflamed Joints?

Research suggests the marine reptiles known as pliosaurs got arthritis, and their dinosaur contemporaries might also have suffered from the condition.

Rebellatrix

Killer Fish Rebellatrix Not Your Typical Coelacanth

Rebellatrix, a new member of the “living fossil” coelacanth group, shows a different side of these ancient (but not extinct) fish.

Vikings and Mice

Vikings Had Mice, Did Travel

The Vikings brought the house mouse species to the areas they settled, including Iceland and Greenland, a new study shows.

Giant Penguins

Giant Prehistoric Penguin Reconstructed

Researchers have reconstructed an extinct penguin that might have been the tallest in history.

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day: History and Facts

Explore Groundhog Day’s shadowy history as well as interesting facts about the custom.

Horse Domestication

Horse Domestication Happened Across Eurasia, Study Shows

A new DNA study suggests that different groups of people independently tamed horses starting 10,000 years ago.

Saber-Toothed Predators

Powerful Arms Saved Saber-Toothed Killers’ Fearsome Fangs, Study Shows

For prehistoric predators, long fangs and strong arms worked in perfect tandem to seize struggling prey.

War Animals

War Animals From Horses to Glowworms: 7 Incredible Facts

Explore fascinating stories about the important military contributions of horses and other animals throughout history.

Anomalocaris

First Super Predator Was a Hawk-Eyed Shrimp, Study Shows

Anomalocaris, which ruled the oceans 500 million years ago, boasted some of the sharpest and largest eyes in history, research suggests.

Dog Origins

Is East Asia the Kennel of Dog Civilization?

Wolves evolved into man’s best friend south of the Yangtze River in what is now China, according to a new study.

Ancient Crocodile

Did Ancient Crocodiles Clash With History’s Largest Snakes?

A newly discovered ancient crocodile lived alongside the largest snake ever to slither across the earth, according to researchers.

Thylacine

Were Tasmanian Tigers Unfairly Driven to Extinction?

Thylacines were wiped out by hunters who thought they massacred sheep, but a new study suggests the quirky carnivores didn’t have it in them.