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2009-12-08 14:35:00

In the pipefish, the male cares for the offspring. Apart from the ones he sucks the life out of. The discovery of filial cannibalism in the pipefish is now creating a stir in the research world. The pipefish, which is related to the seahorse, has an unusual way of organizing childcare. In this fish species it is the father who takes care of the eggs, which he receives from one or more females and then looks after in a brood pouch on the tail, where a kind of male equivalent of the placenta...

2009-12-07 06:40:00

HOMER, N.Y., Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Recorded history has been debatable; accounts depended on who wrote it and their motives. In his fact-based historical fiction novel, "Shadows of the San Juans" (published by iUniverse), author William J. Breidinger tells the tale of one of the most horrific characters of the Old West, Alfred Packer. Yet, by all accounts, he was not the man history made him out to be. "Shadows of the San Juans," set in the most rugged country in continental America, is...

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2009-12-07 06:20:00

Archaeologists have unearthed what appears to be evidence of mass cannibalism at a 7,000-year-old site in southwest Germany. In the journal Antiquity, the authors say their discoveries provide rare evidence that cannibalism existed during Europe's early Neolithic period. The researchers uncovered up to 500 seemingly cannibalized human remains near the village of Herxheim. They said the "intentionally mutilated" remains included children and even unborn babies. Archaeologists first...

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2009-11-19 11:35:00

Researchers said on Wednesday that villagers in the highlands of Papua New Guinea who ritualistically ate human brains but did not die of a brain disease called kuru have a genetic mutation that protects them, Reuters reported. The study, reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, said the unusual cannibalistic practice shows evolution in real time in the human population, and might lead to a treatment for similar brain-wasting conditions. Entire generations of women in remote Papuan...

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2009-10-07 09:15:00

University of Alberta researcher Phil Bell has found 70 million year old evidence of dinosaur cannibalism. The jawbone of what appears to be a Gorgosaurus was found in 1996 in southern Alberta. A technician at the Royal Tyrell Museum found something unusual embedded in the jaw. It was the tip of a tooth from another meat-eating dinosaur. Bell, a paleontology PhD candidate, says discovery of the tooth shows that a fight between two dinosaurs definitely took place. "The wound showed no signs...

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2009-05-27 22:45:09

A 2006 movie loosely based on the real story of convicted killer and cannibal Armin Meiwes can be released in German theaters, a court in Karlsruhe ruled. The film, starring Thomas Kretschmann and Keri Russell, was released internationally under the title Grimm Love, but was banned in Germany after a court ruled it infringed upon Meiwes's personal rights. However, a court this week overturned the earlier decision, paving the way for Rohtenburg to open in German theaters, the BBC reported....

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2008-10-23 08:10:00

Spanish researchers said Friday that female spiders who consume their male suitors produce stronger, larger and more numerous offspring than spiders with more mundane diets.  The scientists also found that the merciless mother spiders preferred waiting until mating was complete before consuming their suitors, ensuring they would hatch their spiderlings. The work was the first "natural" study to validate the legend about spiders exhibiting such behavior, and shows why it may be...

2008-10-02 18:00:18

Hollywood actress Jessica Alba is seen wearing a menacing-looking mask over her mouth in a new ad encouraging young people to express themselves by voting. The 27-year-old actress, who has starred in the films "Fantastic Four" and "Sin City," is also pictured with tears streaming down her face in the ad for the non-profit group known as Declare Yourself. Next to her photo is the phrase, "Only you can silence yourself." "We recognize that to break through the media clutter and get young...

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2008-09-12 11:08:28

Female spiders are voracious predators and consume a wide range of prey, which sometimes includes their mates. A number of hypotheses have been proposed for why females eat males before or after mating. Researchers Shawn Wilder and Ann Rypstra from Miami University in Ohio found, in a study published in the September issue of the American Naturalist, that the answer may be simpler than previously thought. Males are more likely to be eaten if they are much smaller than females, which likely...

2008-09-03 09:00:26

Russell Mulcahy has signed on to direct the action film "Give 'em Hell, Malone," starring Thomas Jane as the title character and Ving Rhames as his rival, "Boulder." Malone, tough private eye, takes a job retrieving a case containing a mysterious secret. Bullets, fists, and blood fly as he fights through an army of thugs to protect the secret. The film, from a screenplay by Mark Hosack, will be produced by Richard Rionda Del Castro ("Giallo,""Crime Spree"), along with Richard Salvatore ("My...


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2014-02-10 16:19:19

The Wendigo is a legendary demonic creature or spirit from the Algonquian people of the Atlantic coast, and the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada. It is said the Wendigo could either posses humans or be a human that has been transformed into a creature. One of its traits is that of cannibalism. The Algonquian people believed that the eating of human flesh would put the person at risk of becoming a Wendigo. There is a modern medical term known as Wendigo Psychosis, which...

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  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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