Tagged: mammals

The revolution that wasn’t: African tools push back the origins of human technological innovation - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 22, 2018

Patrick Randolph-Quinney, University of Central Lancashire and Anthony Sinclair, University of Liverpool This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Just 20 years ago, many archaeologists believed there was a “human revolution” 40,000-50,000 years ago during which modern behaviours such as symbolism, innovation and art suddenly arose. This was thought … Read More

Why it can make sense to believe in the kindness of strangers - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 07, 2018

Kristin Brethel-Haurwitz, University of Pennsylvania This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Would you risk your life for a total stranger? While you might consider yourself incapable of acts of altruism on that scale, it happens again and again. During hurricanes and mass shootings, some people go to great … Read More

Holy Batman! Giant extinct burrowing bat discovered in New Zealand - News

Jean Balchin Jan 11, 2018

The fossilised remains of a giant burrowing bat that lived in our fine land of New Zealand millions of years ago have been found by a UNSW Sydney-led international team of scientists. Near the town of St Bathans in Central Otago on the South Island was found teeth and bones of the extinct bat. The remains were recovered from 9 … Read More

Weird Science: Beware the meerkat – cuddly critters the world’s most murderous mammals - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 24, 2016

Meerkats – delightful, lovable fluffballs, right? Wrong – they’re actually stone-cold killers, the mammalian world’s most prolific murderers in fact, according to a study that came out in September. The scientists looked at murder rates in 1,000 mammal species, compared the meerkat (sorry) with the others, and found that one-in-five of these cuddly critters is killed in cold … Read More

NZ Sea Lion one of the world’s most murderous mammals - News

John Kerr Sep 29, 2016

The New Zealand Sea Lion ranks as one of the most murderous species on the planet, according to a new study examining lethal violence among mammals. Do dolphins duel to the death? Are hippos homicidal? And what about genocidal gerbils? Spanish researchers have mapped the extent of lethal violence across 1000 mammal species, from aardvarks to zebras, and their macabre analysis is … Read More