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Bat ‘super immunity’ may explain how bats carry coronaviruses, study finds

A University of Saskatchewan (USask) research team has uncovered how bats can carry the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus without getting sick -- research that could shed light on how coronaviruses make the jump to humans and other animals.... Continue Reading →

How birds evolved big brains

An international team of evolutionary biologists and paleontologists have reconstructed the evolution of the avian brain using a massive dataset of brain volumes from dinosaurs, extinct birds like Archaeopteryx and the Great Auk, and modern birds. The study, published online in the... Continue Reading →

Unique non-oxygen breathing animal discovered

Researchers at Tel Aviv University (TAU) have discovered a non-oxygen breathing animal. The unexpected finding changes one of science's assumptions about the animal world. A study on the finding was published on February 25 in the Proceedings of the National Academy... Continue Reading →

Tiny salamander’s huge genome may harbor the secrets of regeneration

The type of salamander called axolotl, with its frilly gills and widely spaced eyes, looks like an alien and has other-worldly powers of regeneration. Lose a limb, part of the heart or even a large portion of its brain? No... Continue Reading →

Watch an insect shed its exoskeleton and stretch its new wings.

Csar Favacho, a wildlife photographer and evolutionary biologist at the Emilio Goeldi Museum in Brazil, studies mantis taxonomy, behavior, and evolution. He used time-lapse photography to make a video depicting a┬áCardioptera┬ámantis during ecdysis, or molting. Mantises go through several molts... Continue Reading →

ArcherFish Water Pistol

Archerfish are extremely accurate at shooting jets of water at their prey - and studies have shown that they practically always hit their target on the first shot, for a distance of up to 3m away (9ft). This is mainly... Continue Reading →

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Feather Stars

Feather stars are sea animals that belong to the phylum Echinodermata and the class Crinoidea. A feather star is not the same as a starfish (also known as a sea star and sometimes misspelled as star fish). Close relatives of... Continue Reading →

T. Rex had an air conditioner in its head, study suggests

Tyrannosaurus rex, one of the largest meat-eating dinosaurs on the planet, had an air conditioner in its head, suggest scientists from the University of Missouri, Ohio University and University of Florida, while challenging over a century of previous beliefs. In... Continue Reading →

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