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New Clues May Explain Why This Fearsome Marsupial Lion Disappeared From Australia New Clues May Explain Why This Fearsome Marsupial Lion Disappeared From Australia

New research suggests it was climate change—not human activity—that caused Thylacoleo carnifex, an Australian marsupial lion, to go extinct.

New Theory Explains Why Europe's Original Dogs Vanished New Theory Explains Why Europe's Original Dogs Vanished

The first farmers to arrive in Europe from the Middle East brought their dogs along with them, effectively wiping out the original population of European canines, according to new research.

Ancient Steroid Suggests Sea Sponges Were One of Earth’s First Animals Ancient Steroid Suggests Sea Sponges Were One of Earth’s First Animals

Scientists from the University of California, Riverside, are claiming to have discovered the oldest known animal fossil—an ancient sea sponge that emerged between 660 million and 635 million years ago.

This Hilarious Optical Illusion for Birds Could Save Your Life This Hilarious Optical Illusion for Birds Could Save Your Life

Birds and planes are a bad combination, but it’s not so easy to shoo our avian friends away from airport runways. Thankfully, scientists from France have stumbled upon an ingenious solution to the problem—an optical illusion that appears to scare the crap out of large predatory birds.

Hungry Dinosaurs May Be the Reason Humans Need Sunscreen Hungry Dinosaurs May Be the Reason Humans Need Sunscreen

What do blind cavefish, dinosaurs, and sunburnt humans have in common? A lot more than you may realize, according to a thought-provoking new study.

Newly Discovered Volcanic ‘Lost World’ Is a Haven for Marine Life Newly Discovered Volcanic ‘Lost World’ Is a Haven for Marine Life

Australian scientists have discovered a previously unknown chain of volcanic seamounts near Tasmania. The area appears to be brimming with marine life, including a surprising number of whales who may be using the undersea volcanoes as a navigational tool.

Bioweapons, Viagra, Wind Farms, and the Apocalypse: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week Bioweapons, Viagra, Wind Farms, and the Apocalypse: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Halloween may still be most of a month away, but the scares have already begun. Urine-craved vampires. Genetically engineered insects that do their masters’ bidding. Algal monstrosities. Dark magicks. iPhone XS bugs.

Neanderthals Survived in Ice Age Europe Thanks to Effective Healthcare Neanderthals Survived in Ice Age Europe Thanks to Effective Healthcare

Neanderthals cared for their sick and wounded, and new research suggests this well-documented behavior was more than just a cultural phenomenon or an expression of compassion—it really did help them survive.

Suspicious Packages Mailed to Pentagon Contained Only Castor Beans, Not Refined Ricin Suspicious Packages Mailed to Pentagon Contained Only Castor Beans, Not Refined Ricin

Suspicious packages sent to defense officials and originally flagged as containing ricin, an extremely potent poison found in castor beans and that has no known antidote, have been confirmed to only contain the beans themselves rather than the toxin in a purer form.

Photosynthesizing Bacteria Found Thriving Thousands of Feet Below Earth's Surface Photosynthesizing Bacteria Found Thriving Thousands of Feet Below Earth's Surface

An international team of researchers has identified a peculiar population of cyanobacteria living within rocks deep below Earth’s surface—a surprising discovery given that cyanobacteria require sunlight to survive. Or so scientists thought.

Moths Caught Drinking Tears From the Eyes of Sleeping Birds Moths Caught Drinking Tears From the Eyes of Sleeping Birds

In an oddly poetic act, moths will on occasion drink the tears from the eyes of a sleeping bird. Sounds harmless, but this rare interaction is an unmistakably one-sided affair.

Award-Winning Microscopic Video of Growing Zebrafish Embryos Is Mesmerizing Award-Winning Microscopic Video of Growing Zebrafish Embryos Is Mesmerizing

A glowing, branching web slowly grows more and more tiny connections, with thin white tendrils reaching in to a black void. It looks like a fractal art piece. But in fact, it’s someone’s science research—the developing nervous system of a zebrafish embryo.

New Story, Same Big Old Bird New Story, Same Big Old Bird

Madagascar’s history contains some truly enormous animals, from giant lemurs to giant tortoises. The island was also home to 10-foot-tall flightless birds, which sadly disappeared hundreds of years ago. But how we humans classified those birds was, well, a mess.

Why Female Octopuses Self-Destruct After Laying Eggs Why Female Octopuses Self-Destruct After Laying Eggs

For a female octopus, the laying of eggs signifies the beginning of the end.

Would Perfect Memory Be a Burden or a Superpower? Would Perfect Memory Be a Burden or a Superpower?

The ability to remember every moment of your life sounds like an amazing proposition, but for the very few people who actually have this ability, it comes at a cost.

A Dog With Cancer Got a New, 3D-Printed Titanium Skull A Dog With Cancer Got a New, 3D-Printed Titanium Skull

A nine-year-old dachshund suffering from an unusually large brain tumor just got a new lease on life thanks to the powers of 3D-printing technology.

Check Out This Incredible Extinct Bird From the Cretaceous Period Check Out This Incredible Extinct Bird From the Cretaceous Period

The discovery of a 127-million-year-old fossil in northeastern China is filling an important evolutionary gap between modern birds and the winged, dinosaur-like creatures that came before them.

Dear Lord, Praying Mantises Can Actually Catch Fish Dear Lord, Praying Mantises Can Actually Catch Fish

Praying mantises are what scientists call “generalist” hunters, meaning they eat pretty much whatever they want. Despite their eclectic taste, however, no one has ever seen a praying mantis eat fish—until now.

Watch a Moth Keep Its Balance While Being Pelted With Tiny Cannonballs

Somehow during the history of Earth, life took to the skies. As these winged creatures evolved, they specialized and improved their flying abilities. Today, we have specimens like the incredible hawk moth, a hummingbird-like insect that can precisely control its hovering.

Extraordinary Evidence Suggests 558-Million-Year-Old Fossil Is the Oldest Known Animal on the Planet Extraordinary Evidence Suggests 558-Million-Year-Old Fossil Is the Oldest Known Animal on the Planet

An international team of researchers is claiming to have discovered traces of cholesterol on a fossil of Dickinsonia—a mysterious creature that lived during the primordial Ediacaran Period. This evidence, the researchers say, makes Dickinsonia the oldest known animal in the fossil record. But the discovery is not…

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