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A 130-million-year-old fossil has revealed that the ancient super-continent Pangaea may have broken apart more slowly than scientists previously thought. The fossilised skull, which was found in eastern Utah, has revealed an entirely new group of reptile-like mammals that existed in North America.   “Based on the unlikely discovery of this near-complete fossil cranium, we
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There’s no easy way to rate dog intelligence. It can be focused on more than one thing. As canine psychologist Stanley Coren wrote back in the ’90s, there’s adaptive intelligence (i.e., figuring stuff out), working intelligence (i.e. following orders), and instinctive intelligence (i.e. innate talent) – not to mention spatial intelligence, kinesthetic intelligence, interpersonal intelligence,
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There’s no easy way to rate dog intelligence. It can be focused on more than one thing. As canine psychologist Stanley Coren wrote back in the ’90s, there’s adaptive intelligence (i.e., figuring stuff out), working intelligence (i.e. following orders), and instinctive intelligence (i.e. innate talent) – not to mention spatial intelligence, kinesthetic intelligence, interpersonal intelligence,
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For the first time, neuroscientists at Indiana University (IU) have demonstrated that non-human animals can mentally replay past memories. That’s a pretty spectacular finding – but it could also potentially help out researchers looking to develop new treatments for memory loss that happens in Alzheimer’s disease and similar afflictions.   “The reason we’re interested in
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French bulldogs, with their marble-like eyes and pleated faces, are beloved by celebrities and ordinary people alike. Really, really beloved. In the United States, Frenchies didn’t even rank in the American Kennel Club’s top 30 most popular breeds in 2007. Last year, they were No. 4. In Britain, they ranked 76th in 2005. Now they’re in second place and on track to snag
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It all started with a “rancid stench”. Then the authorities were called. “You cannot imagine. It was so awful,” Soary Randrianjafizanaka, the regional head of Madagascar’s environmental agency, told National Geographic.   A two-story home in the city of Toliara, Madagascar had been filled to the brim with 10,976 critically endangered radiated tortoises (Astrochelys radiata).
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Ornithologists have classified the Vogelkop superb bird-of-paradise as its own species after recognizing differences in two similar-looking kinds of the birds. These birds-of-paradise are famous for evolving super-black feathers that absorb nearly all light, and their haunting courtship dances (see video below). But now scientists have discovered there are actually two species.   For years,