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For 300,000 Years, Humans Dressed in Cave Bear Skins and Competed with Them for the Same Caves… Until there were None Left

Humans started using cave bear skins 320,000 years ago, and with the appearance of Homo sapiens in Europe 45,000 years ago, hunting pressure on the animal intensified until Ursus spelaeus became extinct 24,000 years ago. Standing 1.70 meters tall at the shoulder and up to 3.5 meters in length, the cave bear was much larger […]

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Surprising Burial of 28 Horses that Died in a Battle of the Gallic Wars Forgotten by History is Found

The excavation of 1.3 hectares, located on the slope of a valley in Villedieu-sur-Indre in the center of France, has revealed a site dated to the late 5th and early 6th centuries. Numerous buildings, pits, ditches, and a high medieval road have been unearthed. In addition to the medieval occupation, nine pits containing horses have […]

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The Small North African Elephants, Now Extinct, with Which Hannibal Crossed the Alps

Animals have accompanied humans in warfare practically since the domestication of dogs, serving as combat vehicles of the era, alongside chariots, horses, camels, and elephants. The latter can be considered the tanks of bygone times and are often depicted in illustrations and films, though almost always inaccurately: illustrations typically show them as enormous, the typical […]

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Researchers Discover Gestures and Sounds Elephants Use to Greet Each Other When Reuniting, With Traits Previously Believed Unique to Human Language

Elephants are extraordinary animals, known for their complex social interactions and sophisticated communication system. A recent study published in Nature Communications has revealed new and significant findings about how elephants use multimodal signals to communicate during greeting rituals between individuals reuniting. The study, led by researchers from the University of Vienna, focused on observing and […]

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Orangutan Observed Using Medicinal Plant to Treat Facial Wound, Never Before Seen in a Wild Animal

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior in Germany and Universitas Nasional in Indonesia have documented a rare case of self-medication in a wild Sumatran orangutan. The observation, which involves a male orangutan named Rakus treating his facial wound with a plant known for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, sheds new light on […]

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Turtle Shells from 50,000 Years Ago Carried as “Living Provisions” by Early Humans or Neanderthals During the Last Ice Age, Found in Germany

Numerous gravel quarries in the middle Elbe valley near Magdeburg have already yielded many significant archaeological discoveries from the period between the Middle Pleistocene (Weichselian glaciation) and the modern era. At the Barleben-Adamsee gravel quarry, in addition to flint tools, five fragments of turtle shells between 42,000 and 50,000 years old have been found. These […]

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Scientists Launch the New York Declaration Stating that Animals, Including Insects, can be “Sentient”

In the past decade, the field of animal cognition and behavior has seen remarkable progress, with a series of surprising discoveries that have challenged our understanding of the inner lives of other species. From crows that can report on their visual perceptions to octopuses demonstrating a preference for pain relief, these findings suggest that a […]