Category Archives: Animal

Madagascar’s bizarre aye-aye has 6 fingers on each hand, scientists discover

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The aye-aye is one of nature’s most fascinatingly bizarre creatures. Native to Madagascar, this lemur is the largest nocturnal primate in the world and has unique features that set it apart. It has bat‐like ears that allow it to echo-locate and rodent-like ever-growing incisors — both unique among primates.

Acid in the Pacific Ocean is literally eating away crabs’ shells

Source: Acid in the Pacific Ocean is literally eating away crabs’ shells

Humans have pumped about 2 trillion tons (1.8 trillion metric tons) of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere since the start of the Industrial Revolution, and the ocean has absorbed about 25% of it.

New coronavirus may have started in bats. But how did it hop to humans?

Source: New coronavirus may have started in bats. But how did it hop to humans?

As a new coronavirus spreads in China and around the world, scientists are scrambling to find out exactly where it came from. Now, a new study provides more clues to the virus’ origins, and points to bats as the most likely hosts.

In the study, published today (Jan. 29) in the journal The Lancet, the researchers analyzed 10 genome sequences of the novel coronavirus, dubbed 2019-nCoV, obtained from nine patients in China who were sick with the virus.

 

Adorable Tardigrades Have a Surprising, Fatal Weakness

Source: Adorable Tardigrades Have a Surprising, Fatal Weakness

These microanimals, which live in both fresh and salt water, are famous for their ability to survive extremes that would kill other organisms. But new research finds that the creatures rapidly wilt under heat. Water temperatures of less than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius) can kill tardigrades in only a day. As global temperatures rise, that could become a problem for these animals, the authors of the new study said.

 

Nutria: The Invasive Rodents of Unusual Size

Source: Nutria: The Invasive Rodents of Unusual Size

Nutria, also known as coypu or swamp rats, are large rodents that live in areas with lots of freshwater.

These mammals are native to South America and were introduced into the United States between 1899 and 1930 through the fur industry, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). Nutria are now considered a nuisance in the U.S. and other parts of the world where their populations have grown and their presence has disrupted the native ecosystem.