Weird Creatures

Weird Plants, Animals, Fossils, and Things

How electricity-eating microbes use electrons to fix carbon dioxide

March 23, 2019

A phototrophic microbe called Rhodopseudomonas palustris takes up electrons from conductive substances like metal oxides or rust to reduce carbon dioxide. Read More

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Paleontologists report world’s biggest Tyrannosaurus rex

March 22, 2019

Paleontologists have just reported the world’s biggest Tyrannosaurus rex and the largest dinosaur skeleton ever found in Canada. The 13-metre-long T. rex, nicknamed ‘Scotty,’ lived in prehistoric Saskatchewan 66 million years ago. Read More

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Hundreds of bubble streams link biology, seismology off Washington’s coast

March 21, 2019

The first survey of methane vent sites off Washington’s coast finds 1,778 bubble columns, with most located along a north-south band that is in line with a geologic fault. Read More

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World’s smallest bears’ facial expressions throw doubt on human superiority

March 21, 2019

The world’s smallest bears can exactly mimic another bear’s facial expressions, casting doubt on humans and other primates’ supremacy at this subtle form of communication. It is the first time such exact facial mimicry has been seen outside of humans and gorillas. Read More

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Ancient birds out of the egg running

March 21, 2019

Using their own laser imaging technology, scientists have determined the lifestyle of a special hatchling bird by revealing the previously unknown feathering preserved in the fossil specimen found in the ~125 million-year-old Early Cretaceous fossil beds of Los Hoyas, Spain. Read More

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Evidence for a Human Geomagnetic Sense

March 21, 2019

Scientists develop a robust experiment that shows human brain waves respond to changes in Earth-strength magnetic fields. Read More

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A mating war in diving beetles has stopped the evolution of species

March 20, 2019

In nature, males eager attempts to mate with females can be so extreme that they will harm females. Such negative impact of mating interactions has been suggested to promote the emergence of new species under some circumstances. Surprisingly, one type of diving beetle species now show that this conflict between the sexes can instead lead […]

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Evidence rogue waves are getting more extreme

March 20, 2019

Research suggests that ‘rogue’ waves are occurring less often, but becoming more extreme. Scientists have, for the first time, used long-term data from a wide expanse of ocean to investigate how these rare, unexpected and hazardous ocean phenomena behave. Read More

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What makes evolution go backwards?

March 19, 2019

The study of evolution is revealing new complexities, showing how the traits most beneficial to the fitness of individual plants and animals are not always the ones we see in nature. Instead, new research by behavioral scientists shows that in certain cases evolution works in the opposite direction, reversing individual improvements to benefit related members […]

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Tiny song bird makes record migration

March 19, 2019

The bird’s trek between its breeding grounds in the central and western boreal forest of North America and its winter home in the Amazon Basin is one of the longest songbird migrations recorded. Describing a route arcing across North America and including a transoceanic flight to South America, the study confirms an epic migration journey […]

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