Posts tagged animals
Copenhagen Zoo employees on Sunday killed a young male giraffe named Marius because he wouldn’t serve as good breeding stock. On Sunday morning, the animal was fed to lions after being euthanized with a bolt gun then dissected in public. Zoo officials explained their decision on the zoo’s website and to the press. Read more
A new cache of extremely well preserved, prehistoric canine fossils is shedding light on dog and wolf ancestors from 2 million years ago to today.
The fossils, described in the latest issue of the Journal of Mammalian Evolution, date to that early period and belonged to a scrappy canine carnivore known as Canis etruscus that lived near Rome, Italy.
“Canis etruscus appeared approximately 2 million years ago and is the oldest European species referred to in the genus Canis,” lead author Marco Cherin told Discovery News, adding that this species “was considerably smaller than the modern wolf.” Read more
The poaching of charismatic species, such as elephants, gorillas, rhinos and tigers, gets the public’s attention in the press. But they’re not the only animals in danger. The following 10 animals also face poaching threats, although they don’t always make it into the spotlight. Read more
'Fishimal' Was Part Fish, Part Limbed Animal
Fossils for a creature that looked part fish and part limbed animal were recently found in northern Canada, a paper in the latest issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports. Read more
Wouldn’t want to meet one of these guys while having a swim…