Cassandra Gloria Norris

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Book in Brief: How to Clone a Mammoth

“Will there ever be a real Jurassic Park?” I’ve heard this question more times than I can count. The answer is always “No“. Aside from the problem of getting a viable clone to develop inside a bird egg – one that scientists haven’t cracked yet – DNA’s postmortem decay happens too fast to give us …

Paleontology

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Scientists Uncover Yet Another Cambrian Weirdo

There is nothing wrong with your monitor. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. The creature at the top of this post isn’t an April Fool’s joke, nor is it a Lovecraftian nightmare. Named <i>Yawunik kootenayi</i>, the archaic arthropod is a real animal that undulated through Earth’s seas 508 million years …

Paleontology

A Feathery Hedgehog

Wildlife & Wild Places<p><b>The Bird</b><p>To those who would contend evolution a humorless process, see Exhibit A: the kiwi. Round and squat, flightless and half-blind, this strange bird has become a cultural icon despite—or perhaps due to—its lack of physical elegance.<p>New Zealand evolved as a kingdom of …

Birds

Fossil Fish Sliced Prey With Bizarre Jaws

Paleontology collections are wonderful. Shelves and cabinets hold anywhere from thousands to hundreds of millions of years of life’s history, assembling giant ground sloths, Cambrian oddballs, petrified plants, and other fantastic organisms into a fossilized menagerie. And as much as I’ve enjoyed …

Paleontology

Flirty Female Spiders Use Silk to Capture a Male's Interest

When male wolf spiders don't seem that interested in a female wolf spider, she ups her game by releasing more pheromone-rich silk.<p>The seemingly calm cornfields of North America brim with courtship and seduction, but people rarely notice it. That's because the players are hairy wolf spiders that are …

Insects

Newfound Fossil Octopus and Squid Were Giants

A good fossil squid is hard to find. The invertebrates are too squishy to leave much behind, and only in truly exceptional circumstances do paleontologists get to see much more than the chitinous supports the cephalopods kept on the inside. Octopus are even more confounding. Without any remnants of …

Zoology

Strange Fossil Filter Feeder Was an Ancient Survivor

Paleontologist Jakob Vinther pointed to a rust-colored boulder sitting on the black lab table. “What do you think that is?”, he asked. I hadn’t a clue. I was used to looking at bones – often really big saurian bones – and I couldn’t pick out any endoskeletal signs in the stone. It was mostly the …

Dinosaurs

New to nature No 139: Antechinus arktos

Long mistaken for another species, this Australian marsupial may now be under threat from rising temperatures. That doesn’t stop it from enjoying a vigorous, if deadly, sex life<p>A beautiful new species of carnivorous marsupial has been discovered in far south-eastern Queensland and adjacent …

7 Cool Facts About the Greenland Shark

This week, video popped up of a researcher freaking out after he spotted a rare Greenland shark on footage he had downloaded from a remote camera in …

6 Rockin’ Red Plants for Winter Gardens

With a little planning, it’s possible to have bold, beautiful red in the garden year-round. What a difference color makes during the colder months, …

For Leopards in Iran and Iraq, Land Mines Are a Surprising Refuge

Land mines keep people out of the Persian leopard's last habitats, creating a conundrum—removing the hazards leaves the cats more vulnerable.<p>SULAYMANIYAH, Iraq—Few parts of the world look more hostile to big cats than the rugged wilderness that flanks the northern Iran-Iraq frontier.<p>Laced with land …

Wildlife

Zoology Notes 001: vampire bats can run

Vampire bats can run, with a top speed of more than 2 metres per second<p>This is the first of what I hope will become a regular feature on Animal Magic, interesting zoological nuggets that are begging to be known more widely. I am calling these Zoological Notes, a nod to Charles Darwin’s eponymous …

Large carnivores and humans can live together

Large carnivores are making an extraordinary comeback in Europe, according to the latest research<p>Large carnivores – brown bears, Eurasian lynx, grey wolves and wolverines – are making an extraordinary comeback in Europe, according to research published in Science. Given the troubled history between …

Tracking Mountain Lions in California's Urban Jungles

Scientists struggle to track the secretive predators, which are turning up near cities' expanding edges, including around San Francisco Bay.<p>Crouched in the darkness, two field technicians squint at a laptop, hoping to catch a glimpse of California's most elusive predator.<p>"Possum. Possum. Possum," …

Wildlife

Weird Animal Question of the Week: Oddest Eggs of the Animal Kingdom

From the horn shark's "drill bit" to the lacewing's sticky stalks, eggs come in all shape and sizes.<p>Eggs across the animal kingdom range from simple to spectacular—even among the most common of barnyard animals, the chicken.<p>Our Weird Animal Question of the Week came to us via Danny Huynh, who …

Nature

A Horrific Cthulhumas Wreath Creature for an Eldritch Holiday

<i>photo via Flickr</i><p>Using craft items, LEGO bricks, a hot glue gun, green Christmas lights, and finger tentacles from Archie McPhee, Geyser of Awesome …

Dog Playing With Matches Starts House Fire: Officials

Officials in Canada's Yukon said that a dog playing with matches started a house fire.<p>The Yukon Fire Marshall's Office said no people or animals were harmed in the fire, which went out by the time fire fighters arrived at the scene. It caused extensive smoke damage to the house.<p>The dog appears to …

10 Tragic Stories of Extinct Animals

The tale of the dodo is one of the most famous stories of extinction in all natural history. Native only to the tiny island of Mauritius in the …

Buche de Noel

One Christmas, I was living in Paris. I had been working as a chef, and graduated from Culinary school in San Francisco, but decided to take additional pastry classes at the Ritz Escoffier (any excuse to get out of town for awhile). In the basement of this stunning old hotel were sparkling white, …

Bunny-Size Dinosaur Was First of Its Kind in America

Newly described relative of Triceratops was the continent's first horned dinosaur.<p>A tiny horned skull discovered 17 years ago has now been named <i>Aquilops americanus</i>, and marks the earliest arrival of horned dinosaurs in North America.<p>The fossil skull is the oldest definitive evidence of a …

Paleontology

Did the Big Bang create a parallel universe where time goes backwards?

Radical new research suggests that at the same time the Big Bang created our universe, another where time goes in the opposite direction was also born<p>A scientific breakthrough could redefine how the universe is understood.<p>Radical new research led by a British scientist has suggested that there may …

Dark Matter

Why Killing Wolves Might Not Save Livestock

New study fuels debate over how to reduce attacks on cows and sheep.<p>In late August, a government sharpshooter in a helicopter hovering above a wooded eastern Washington hillside killed the lead female wolf of the Huckleberry Pack. The aim was to end attacks by the wolf pack, which had killed more …

Wildlife

Top 12 Summer-Blooming Perennials for Deer-Resistant Drama

Trying to outwit the deer is a lifelong challenge for those of us who live in deer country. Just when we think we understand their fickle tastes, …

Ground Force: 10 Top Ground Covers for Your Garden

Leaving your soil uncovered in the garden is a bit like walking around in the hot sun with no hat — you’re asking for trouble. Bare soil is a magnet …

The 11 Most Important Cats Of Science

I can haz scienz?<p>[Special thanks to materials scientist Joe Spalenka for letting us use his photoshopped image of Watson And Crick Plus Chloe The Cat.]

'Jurassic World' Dinosaurs Stuck in the 1980s, Experts Grumble

Out-of-date dinosaurs undercut the science seen in the movie's trailer.<p>Who doesn't love a dinosaur flick? Well, paleontologists have a few fossil bones to pick with <i>Jurassic World</i>, the latest in a line of dinosaur movies that once bragged about its scientific credibility.<p>The trailer for the new …

Dinosaurs
BBQ

Mozzarella and Basil Bread

I tend to make a lot of dishes that involve tomatoes and basil during the summer, when my garden is full of fresh tomatoes. Caprese salad is one of …

Recipes