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Which animals scavenge human remains in Alberta? This study used dead pigs to find out

People who search for human remains in Alberta say a new study identifying predominant scavengers in the region will help them conduct their searches more efficiently.In August 2021 and August 2022, researchers placed pig carcasses at four locations — one near Edmonton, another near Calgary and two in more rural areas.The 200-pound pigs acted as analogs for human remains so researchers put dresses, shorts and shirts on them."It probably looks ludicrous, but we are trying our best to recreate a human environment and if we…

The Download: tracking animals, and biotech plants

This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. How tracking animal movement may save the planet Animals have long been able to offer unique insights about the natural world around us, acting as organic sensors picking up phenomena invisible to humans. Canaries warned of looming catastrophe in coal mines until the 1980s, for example. These days, we have more insight into animal behavior than ever…

Secret World of Sound lets you hear animals like never before

It’s no secret that David Attenborough documentaries such as Planet Earth III and Dynasties use some of the most cutting-edge technology on the market, capturing natural spectacles that leave audiences (myself included) in floods of tears.   The latest project from Humble Bee Films and Infield Fly Productions, featuring the revered presenter, puts this equipment at the forefront.   Secret World of Sound, debuting on Sky Nature and Now this weekend, explores how animals communicate through their noises and how…

How Did an Aquarium Stingray Get Pregnant without a Mate

February 18, 20243min readCharlotte, a stingray in a small North Carolina aquarium, is taking a DIY approach to reproductionBy Stephanie Pappas A stingray in a small aquarium in Hendersonville, N.C., has become pregnant—despite living in a tank without a male ray. This seemingly miraculous event has stirred up online speculation that the expecting stingray, Charlotte, may have been impregnated by one of the small sharks that share her tank at the Aquarium & Shark Lab. But experts say that’s extraordinarily unlikely,

World’s globetrotting animals at risk due to habitat loss, climate change

During its nesting season, the marbled murrelet, known affectionately among bird watchers as a "strange, mysterious little seabird," lays a single egg in the thick mosses that grow on the branches of British Columbia's old-growth forest canopy.With some of those forests under threat from logging, the small black-and-brown mottled seabird is considered threatened, too.The marbled murrelet is among a growing number of migratory species animals facing a perilous future, a new UN report found.  "The solution for the marbled …

Wordle Today: Wordle answer and hints for February 14

We have the solution to Wordle on February 14, as well as some helpful hints to help you figure out the answer yourself, right here. We’ve placed the answer at the bottom of the page, so we don’t ruin the surprise before you’ve had a chance to work through the clues. So let’s dive in, starting with a reminder of yesterday’s answer. Yesterday’s Wordle answer Let’s start by first reminding ourselves of yesterday’s Wordle answer for those new to the game or who don’t play it daily, which was “SCRAM.” So we can say that…

Some pre-Roman humans were buried with dogs, horses and other animals

Burial 19: joint interment of a dog and a human perinate. Photo by S.R. Thompson, courtesy of SABAP-VR Soprintendenza archeologia, belle arti e paesaggio per le province di Verona, Rovigo e Vicenza. Credit: Laffranchi et al., 2024, CC-BY 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Some people from an ancient community in what is now northern Italy were interred with animals and animal parts from species such as dogs,…

Why So Many Savanna Animals Mate for Life

February 14, 20244min readFrom jackals to hornbills, many grassland animals form a deep bond with their partnerBy Devin FarmiloeA male and female bat-eared fox pair in the wild habitat of Masai Mara, Kenya. The Lion King got one thing right: love is in the air on the savanna. From the birds perched in the trees to the foxes curled in their den, plenty of these grassland creatures are monogamous and mate for life, emulating the characteristics of what humans would call love.Some of these species are strictly monogamous

96 Times Animals Acted So Hilariously Devious, They Ended Up On ‘Animals Going Goblin Mode’ (New Pics)

Believed to be malevolent to people, goblins are usually not the characters one roots for. That’s why their name is often used to describe other creatures being naughty, too; that (goblin) cat stealing the spaghetti you made for dinner, for instance.This is just one example of ‘Animals Going Goblin Mode’, and the X (formerly Twitter) account titled exactly that has plenty of them in store. We have put some of their best pictures of animals being naughty or plain weird on this list for you to marvel at, so scroll down to…

The threat of extinction is getting worse for migratory animals

More than one in five migratory species officially deemed in need of international protection are now in danger of extinction. That’s according to the most comprehensive report of their populations yet, released as a United Nations wildlife conservation conference kicks off this week in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.Human activity is pushing these species to the brink. But that also means there are concrete steps people can take to safeguard their futures. The first-of-its-kind stocktake of the world’s migratory species isn’t all…