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Two Tortoises were the First Living Beings to complete a Full Orbit around the Moon

In September 1968, the former Soviet Union launched the Zond 5 mission, a milestone in space exploration that marked not only the first time a spacecraft orbited the Moon in a circumlunar trajectory and returned to Earth but also the first time living beings did so. Onboard the spacecraft were two tortoises, becoming the first […]

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Tracks from 210 million years ago that do not match any animal in the fossil record discovered in southern Africa

Paleontologists in South Africa have uncovered evidence of creatures walking on bird-like feet over 210 million years ago. Researchers Miengah Abrahams and Emese M. Bordy from the University of Cape Town studied distinctive three-toed footprints called “Trisauropodiscus” found at many fossil sites in South Africa. For years, scientists debated what animals may have left these […]

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Singerie, the pictorial genre originated in Middle Ages depicting monkeys imitating human behavior

Reading the title of this article, more than one may wonder what madness this is, but seeing the accompanying images will understand it better… unless you run off in search of a psychiatrist. Jokes aside, since the Modern Age, it became fashionable among painters to create paintings with scenes of everyday life (playing cards, going […]

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First Evidence that Parrots Not Only Talk but also Have Different Dialects According to Their City of Residence

Over the past 50 years since monk parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus) first arrived in Europe from South America, the invasive species has spread throughout the continent and developed distinct dialects that vary between countries and even cities, according to a team of researchers from the Max Planck Institutes of Animal Behavior in Konstanz and Human Evolution […]

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Images of a rare species of giant rat capable of smashing coconuts with its teeth captured for the first time

Scientists have captured the first photos ever of an endangered giant rat species found only on one small island in the South Pacific. This rare rodent is called the Vangunu giant rat, because it lives in the treetops of the forest on Vangunu Island in the Solomon Islands. Up until now, scientists only knew about […]

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Ritual of the Largest Animal Sacrifice in the Western Mediterranean Revealed at an Iron Age Tartessian Site in Spain

Approximately 2500 years ago, the ancient inhabitants of the area currently occupied by the municipality of Guareña, in Badajoz (Spain), carried out a peculiar ritual in the courtyard of an enclave known today as Casas del Turuñuelo. This site, discovered in 2017, has provided new information about the Tartessian culture that populated those lands in […]

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Researchers Uncover Elephants Giving Each Other Unique Names, a Trait Previously Exclusive to Humans

The use of proper names to refer to other individuals is a universal feature of human language. However, few similar examples are found in other species. While dolphins and parrots address others by imitating their calls, human names do not imitate the sounds that people typically make. Researchers in Animal Behavior studied the vocal communications […]

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Endangered Green Sea Turtles Face Extinction Risk Due to Pollution, Resulting in Male Offspring Decline

The Green Sea Turtle, Chelonia mydas, is listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Their endangerment is attributed to factors such as poaching, boat collisions, habitat destruction, and accidental capture in fishing gear. However, a more insidious threat linked to climate change exacerbates the situation: green sea turtles have temperature-dependent sex determination, meaning […]

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Chimpanzees Already Use a War Tactic Known Only to Humans

New research from West Africa suggests our closest evolutionary relatives, chimpanzees, use a battlefield tactic previously thought to be unique to humans. Scientists have discovered that chimpanzees will climb hills near territorial borders to surveil rival groups in a strategic manner similar to ancient human military scouts. Researchers studied two neighboring chimpanzee communities living in […]