Christian Ibañez

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Scientists Discover a Hidden Ocean 'Twilight Zone' Filled With Unknown Fish

A whole new world to explore.<p>It's always been there, but a layer of the ocean is so distinct from the waters above and below it that it needed its …

Research

Ancient DNA changes everything we know about the evolution of elephants

For a long time, zoologists assumed that there were only two species of elephant: one Asian and one African. Then genetic analyses suggested that the …

Evolution

DNA sequences suggest 250 people made up original Native American founding population

A University of Kansas anthropological geneticist is part of an international research team working to shed light upon one of the unanswered …

Differentiation of high‐latitude and polar marine faunas in a greenhouse world - Crame - 2018 - Global Ecology and Biogeography

Meet the only animal known to pump blood with its guts

High school biology classes teach us that the circulatory system pumps blood and the digestive system pumps food. But sea spiders (pictured) …

The year is 2050, and as climate change takes hold the bees will be the first to fall

An inconspicuous corner of East Anglia is well and truly alive. Norfolk's patchwork of fields, fens and scraggy marshes is home to a handful of …

Study suggests active restoration of damaged ecosystems not always better than nature

An international team of researchers has found evidence that suggests human efforts to restore damaged ecosystems are not always better than simply …

This Snake Rips Its Food Apart in a Strange Way, Instead of Eating Like Normal Snakes Do

Yes, there is a video and you're welcome.<p>Snakes don't bother with chewing - they open wide, swallow prey whole, and digest it at leisure. But the …

When Genetics and Linguistics Challenge the Winners’ Version of History

Two conquering empires and more than 500 years of colonial rule failed to erase the cultural and genetic traces of indigenous Peruvians, a new study …

A type of vampire bat has started feeding on humans in Brazil for the first known time

Many mammals — like humans — can easily survive on a broad diet, getting nutrition from whatever plants or animals happen to be available and seem most delicious at the time.<p>But some other creatures survive on much more specialized diets. Of those, few are as particular as the three species of …

The beauty and complexity of plankton

It is possible to make spiders creepier, ancient fossils in amber show

These 100-million-year-old fossils look like spiders — but have tails.<p>About 100 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, four, tiny spider-like creatures became trapped in amber. Today, scientists announced they belong to an entirely new species. But experts disagree about how these …

Brain size of human ancestors evolved gradually over 3 million years: Study of hominin fossils shows that brain size increased gradually and consistently, driven by evolution within populations, introduction of larger-brained species and extinction of smaller-brained ones

Study of hominin fossils shows that brain size increased gradually and consistently, driven by evolution within populations, introduction of …

So Neanderthals made abstract art? This astounding discovery humbles every human

Abstract painting? My Neanderthal great great grandad could do that!<p>If you go to the painted caves of Spain and France, crawl through narrow passages and keep your balance on slippery rock floors, you reach the hidden places where ice age hunters made their marks tens of thousands of years ago. …

Humanity

This spiky worm roamed the earth 518 million years ago

A bizarre, worm-like creature which had a helmet and spikes along its body roamed the earth 518 million years ago.<p>Archaeologists have found fossils …

Lost world of dinosaur and bird fossils goes on show after return to China

A collection of dinosaur and bird fossils taken out of China has gone on show in the northeastern province of Liaoning after being returned by a …

Dinosaurs

Evolution row ends as scientists declare sponges to be sister of all other animals

A longstanding row in animal evolution has come to a head, with a team of scientists claiming they have ended the debate over which type of creature is the sister of all other animals.<p>Researchers have been torn for years over whether sponges or marine invertebrates known as comb jellies were the …

Biology

Oxygen Surge 400 Million Years Ago Helped Trigger an Explosion in Biodiversity

The life-giving gas.<p>Scientists have linked a surge in Earth's oxygen levels some 455 million years ago with an explosion in biodiversity on the …

In a threatening environment, male cichlids delay the development of their striking color

In all other aspects, the fish were kept under identical conditions. The researchers then took photographs of the cichlids at six different times …

South Wales fossil identified as new species of ancient reptile

Fossils found in a quarry near Cardiff in South Wales have been identified by a student and her supervisors at the University of Bristol as a new …

Geese reduce metabolic rate to cope with winter

New research shows that geese cope with the harsh winter climate by reducing their heart rate and body temperature.<p>The study, led by Dr Claudia …

Herbivores help protect ecosystems from climate change

Plant-eating critters are the key ingredient to helping ecosystems survive global warming, finds new UBC research that offers some hope for a defence …

Scientists Pinpoint The Real Differences Between Human and Ape Brains

It's more than just brain size.<p>Brain size is the most obvious advantage we have over our primate relatives, but it turns out that’s just where the …

Evolution

Ancient Human Remains Document Migration From Asia To America

In Alaska, scientists have uncovered something they say is remarkable: the remains of two infants dating back more than 11,000 years.<p>Their discovery is evidence of the earliest wave of migration into the Americas.<p>"It's incredibly rare," says Ben Potter, an archaeologist at the University of Alaska …

Anthropology

High levels of ‘happy hormone’ in human brains could be cause of our intelligence

Large amounts of the ‘happy hormone’ dopamine – responsible for pleasurable feelings, as well as other functions – could be responsible for our brain …

Most abundant viruses in Earth's oceans identified

Forty-four of the most abundant new viruses in all the Earth's oceans have been identified by scientists. The finding has been achieved thanks to the …

Study finds preliminary recovery of coastal sharks in southeast US

"Our study represents the most comprehensive analysis of patterns in abundance ever conducted for shark species common to our area and the Southeast …

Ecology

Southern California mountain lions' genetic connectivity dangerously low

If a dangerously inbred puma population in Southern California is to survive in the future, an urgent need for genetic connectivity must be met, …

Rhinos should be conserved in Africa, not moved to Australia

Rhinos are one of the most iconic symbols of the African savanna: grey behemoths with armour plating and fearsome horns. And yet it is the horns that …

Endangered Species

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