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Chimps Raised as Pets Struggle Later in Life

Chimpanzees that spend their first years as pets or performers pay for that unusual contact with humans much later in life, when they’re placed with other chimpanzees. So argues a new study from Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo. Learn more

Ants Build Raft to Escape Flood, Protect Queen

Ants may be small, but they’re certainly not stupid, as evidenced by the discovery that they build rafts to save themselves and their queen during floods. Read more

Why Did Zoo Kill Giraffe Instead of Sterilizing It?

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

Dog Family Tree Traced Back 2 Million Years

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

10 Hunted Animals You Had No Idea About

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…

10 ‘Sexiest’ Stories of 2013

In this slideshow, explore the most interesting stories about the science of sexuality, gender and reproduction published by Discovery News in 2013.

Best Ocean Animal Photos of 2013

The Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition, organized by the Underwater Photography Guide, announces its 2013 winners. Browse the gallery!


Snail-explorer by Vyacheslav Mishchenko

Very cool little guy.

(via magicalnaturetour)

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