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Sinkhole discovery suggests humans were in Florida 14,500 years ago

Knife, bone, and dung cast doubt on Bering Strait theory and indicate humans spread through Americas 1,500 years earlier than thought, researchers say<p>A stone knife, mastodon bones and fossilized dung found in an underwater sinkhole show that humans lived in north Florida about 14,500 years ago, …

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Scientists ID new genus of tree frogs long thought extinct

NEW DELHI — For more than a century, two mysterious tree frog specimens collected by a British naturalist in 1870 and housed at the Natural History Museum in London were assumed to be part of a vanished species, never again found in the wild. Until now.<p>A group of scientists, led by renowned Indian …

These Extraordinary Close-Up Photos Of Animal Eyes Look Out Of This World

Putting the anatomy of eyes under the spotlight.<p>The February issue of <i>National Geographic</i> features an extraordinary up-close look at the eyes of various animal species.<p>As part of the magazine feature, British science journalist Ed Yong discusses the anatomy and evolution of eyes, including how an …

Stew Science: How to Choose the Best Cuts for Beef Stew

I pity the fool who brings fists to a knife fight, knives to a gunfight, and guns to nuclear Armageddon. Similarly, I'll never understand the person who brings lean beef to the stew pot. And that's where the question arises: What <i>is</i> the best cut of beef for beef stew?<p>Let's take a step back so I can …

The Largest Ape That Ever Lived Was Doomed By Its Size

The demise of Gigantopithecus some 100,000 years ago reveals why big is often not better.<p>Sometimes, in evolution, the bigger they are, the harder they fall.<p>And <i>Gigantopithecus</i> was pretty darn big. Fossils indicate it stood as high as 10 feet (3 meters) and weighed up to 1,100 pounds (500 …

Winners of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Showcase Animals at Their Funniest

The newly-launched Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards hopes that you'll chuckle when you see one of their images. You aren't laughing at them, rather, but with them–these lighthearted photos are meant to be hilarious. The unusual competition combines funny portraits of animals with technical …

An Actually Useful Guide to Miami, Florida

Heading to Miami? Let Victoria Gonzalez-Bredy be your guide. This is Spilling the Beans, where a city's most in-the-know barista gives us the lowdown on where to go, what to do, and what to eat in their hometown.<p><i>This is Spilling the Beans, where plugged-in baristas give us the lowdown on where to</i> …

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Holiday Gift Guide 2014- Spring/Summer

What will the holidays bring for adventure? No matter what the weather outside, there'll be something exciting brewing indoors when your favorite outdoors lover unwraps one of these fun surprises—even if your favorite outdoors lover is you.

Nature Is Violent

And it's the height of human narcissism to think we could change that.<p>When it comes to issues of environmental ethics, it's common to argue from the gut, with advocates on any given side of an issue defaulting to vague, emotional statements about natural "harmony" and what is "felt" to be right. …

Tiger Cub Gets Life-Saving Help From Keepers

Staff at Zoo Miami have intervened to support a critically endangered Sumatran Tiger cub whose health was failing. <br>Photo Credit: Ron MagillThe male …

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These 13 Numbers Are the Keys to Understanding Your Finances

<b>By</b> <b>Dr. Penny Pincher</b><br>Understanding a few basic numbers can give you a good picture of your financial health and help you plan your future. You may have …

Philandering male prairie voles may just be lost

If the male prairie vole were a human guy, we might call him "highly evolved." Among the world's 5,500 mammalian species, he's among the roughly 5% who, for the most part, mate for life, and who stick around to protect and raise offspring with his mate. He might even pick up a stick or twig around …

Rare elephant species found in war-torn South Sudan

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — A critically endangered elephant species has been photographed by researchers for the first time in South Sudan, …

Vultures, Too, Are Dying From Masai Mara Poison Attack

Changing Planet<p>Two days ago eight members of the Marsh Pride, made internationally famous on the long-running television series Big Cat Diary, were poisoned inside the Masai Mara National Reserve. The lions fed on a cow carcass baited with a highly toxic carbamate pesticide; the exact identity of …

Five of the world's most endangered animals

Important facts you need to know about five critically endangered species that are on the brink of extinction<p>Have you ever heard of a Javan rhino or a Vaquita dolphin?<p>These are just some of the critically endangered animals that are facing extinction due to poaching - something that is close to the …

20 successful entrepreneurs share the most important lesson they learned in their 20s

Mistakes are unavoidable, but the truly successful learn from these setbacks and move on all the wiser.<p>We asked entrepreneurs, including a few "Shark Tank" investors and the cofounders of popular retailer Warby Parker, to share the most important lesson they learned in their 20s.<p>Here's what they …

This Is Why No One Should Ever Breed White Tigers

"These are not a species, they are not endangered ... they shouldn't exist."<p>One look at Kenny and it's clear why white tigers shouldn't be bred.<p>Kenny …

Breathtaking Visions of Earth - National Geographic (20 photos)

<b>Reed Flute Cave – Guangxi Zhuangzu region, China (James P. Nelson, TCS)</b><p>Our friends over at National Geographic take some of the most amazing photographs. Every month, the editors pick a few choice shots to add to their Visions of Earth collection, showcasing some of the best nature images from …

8 Fascinating Facts About Snowy Owls

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In a First for Fish, Needlefish Attack Prey from the Air

Off the east coast of Australia, fish are doing something funny. On two separate occasions, biologist Ryan Day has seen needlefish employ a novel …

The Values of Eradicating Invasive Predators

Wildlife<p>Island conservation often requires evaluating one species against another. Cat versus seabird, rat versus reptile, mouse versus invertebrate. Although scientists can document the evidence of impacts, e.g. the staggering rates of declines in native species enacted by introduced predators, …

How to: The Pour Over

A step-by-step video<p>Not too heavy and not too light, the pour-over produces a cup of coffee that in Starbucks partner Chris Smith’s words, “is just …

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Franken Flatworms Grow Heads and Brains of Other Species

Call them Franken flatworms. Scientists have created worms with the heads and brains of other species just by manipulating cell communication.<p>The …

See The Animals That Have Already Died Off As The Pace Of Extinction Speeds Up

The woodland bison from West Virginia, Merriam’s elk from Arizona, the Rocky Mountain grasshopper: These are some of the roughly 1,000 animals that have gone extinct over the last 500 years. And, the way things are going, they won’t be the last. Scientists say the rate of extinction is quickening …

How a 5-Ounce Bird Stores 10,000 Maps in Its Head

It weighs only four or five ounces, its brain practically nothing, and yet, oh my God, what this little bird can do. It’s astonishing.<p>Around now, as we begin December, the Clark’s nutcracker has, conservatively, 5,000 (and up to 20,000) treasure maps in its head. They’re accurate, detailed, and …

A Collection of Mammals

A selection of portraits from Photo Ark, a project to document the world's animals before they disappear.

You Won't Believe How Much Damage These Nine Animals Have Done To America

Zebra Mussel<p>Zebra mussels attach to pipes and boat propellers, costing millions in repairs each year. Image Source: NBC News<p>These tiny bivalves may …

Tasmanian wildlife take to water, with echidna and wombat found swimming far from shore

Fisherman scoops echidna from lake after it appeared to be swimming in an unwise direction, days after ‘distressed’ wombat rescued in similar circumstances<p>An echidna, an animal not often seen taking a dip, has been found swimming in Tasmania not long after fishermen hauled a wombat out of a …

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