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Category: Animals

Przewalski horses in Western Mongolia (Credit: Claudia Feh/Association pour le cheval de Przewalski)

Scientists Decode DNA of 700,000-Year-Old Horse

By analyzing a tiny fossil preserved in Yukon permafrost, scientists have been able to decode the genome of a horse that lived and died some 700,000 years ago.

Four-Winged Birds

Did Four-Winged Birds and Dinos Fly the Ancient Skies?

Researchers believe the very first birds inherited a four-wing configuration from their dinosaur ancestors.

Arctic Camel

Giant Ancient Camel Roamed the Arctic

A cold-weather camel that lived 3.5 million years ago has been discovered in Canada’s High Arctic.

Neanderthals and Rabbits

Did Rabbits Kill the Neanderthals?

Neanderthals’ fate was sealed when they passed on a rabbit-rich diet, according to new research.

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.