Weird Creatures

Weird Plants, Animals, Fossils, and Things

For hyenas, there’s no ‘I’ in clan

March 11, 2019

When it comes to advancing social status, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know — for humans and spotted hyenas alike. Read More

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Teenage T. rex was already chomping on prey

March 11, 2019

New research indicates that even as a teenager the Tyrannosaurus rex showed signs that it would grow up to be a ferocious predator. Scientists reported evidence that a juvenile T. rex fed on a large plant-eating dinosaur, even though it lacked the bone-crushing abilities it would develop as an adult. Read More

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What’s for dinner? Sushi, with a side of crickets

March 11, 2019

While insects have been consumed for centuries worldwide, many people still haven’t warmed to the idea of a creepy-crawly on the tongue. Read More

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New wallaby-sized dinosaur from the ancient Australian-Antarctic rift valley

March 11, 2019

A new, wallaby-sized herbivorous dinosaur has been identified from five fossilized upper jaws in 125-million-year-old rocks from the Cretaceous period of Victoria, southeastern Australia. Read More

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Mathematics of sea slug movement points to future robots

March 7, 2019

Mathematicians recently discovered a lot of new, powerful geometries involved in frilly surfaces. They developed the mathematics to describe these surfaces — inflected nonsmooth surfaces, which change the direction in which they bend — and the combination of new geometry insights and age-old slugs might just be the right combination for a new generation of […]

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Scientists find mystery killer whales off Cape Horn, Chile

March 7, 2019

In January 2019, scientists working off the tip of southern Chile got their first live look at what might be a new species of killer whale. Genetic samples will help determine whether this animal, with its distinctly different color pattern and body shape, is indeed new to science. Read More

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It’s raining on the Greenland ice — in the winter

March 7, 2019

Rainy weather is becoming increasingly common over parts of the Greenland ice sheet, triggering sudden melting events that are eating at the ice and priming the surface for more widespread future melting, says a new study. Some parts of the ice sheet are even receiving rain in winter — a phenomenon that will spread as […]

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Swifts are born to eat and sleep in the air

March 6, 2019

Nearly 100 species of swift are completely adapted to life in the air. That is the conclusion of researchers after having studied a third species and observing that some individuals did not land for over three months. Read More

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Some worms recently evolved the ability to regrow a complete head

March 6, 2019

New study reveals regeneration of amputated body parts is not always an ancient trait and scientists might need to rethink the way they compare animals with regenerative abilities. Read More

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Healthier dairy products with bacterial films and nanofiber membranes

March 6, 2019

Bacterial biofilms are typically the target of heavy-duty cleaning regimens, but these films aren’t always bad news. In fact, growing them on thin sheets of nanofibers is a great way to produce a fermented milk product that can deliver hardy probiotics to the digestive tract, according to new research. Read More

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