Latest Carnivore Stories
new classification system can capably predict the hunting behaviors of mammals from measurements of just a few forelimb bones.
Cougars may have survived the mass extinction that took place about 12,000 years ago because they were not particular about what they ate, unlike their more finicky cousins--the saber-tooth cat and American lion.
The fossil of a newly-discovered species called Eocasea martini is being described as a sort of missing link in the transition from carnivorous to herbivorous behavior in land animals.
Scientists tend to study larger carnivores with larger geographic ranges than those with greater adaptability and broader diets.
Skunks do it best when halting a predator in its tracks, unleashing a noxious stream of urine that can send the most lethal of hunters in the opposite direction. Other animals of the same group tend to rely on strong social bonds to thwart impending attacks.
When people see a skunk, the reaction usually is “Eww,” but when they see a group of meerkats peering around, they often think “Aww.”
In an extreme case of mistaken identity, paleontologists have announced that the 6-foot tall ‘terror bird,' which inhabited Europe between 55 to 40 million years ago, may have been herbivorous and not a meat eater as previously thought.
For the first time in more than three decades, a new carnivorous mammal species has been discovered in the Western hemisphere, researchers from the Smithsonian Institution announced on Thursday.
In the southern Rift Valley of Kenya, the Maasai people, their livestock and a range of carnivores, including striped hyenas, spotted hyenas, lions and bat-eared foxes, are coexisting fairly happily according to a team of coupled human and natural systems researchers.
When scientists first discovered fossils of the flightless bird Diatryma in the mid 19th century, they portrayed the 7-foot avian as a fierce predator, which caught on with science writers and popular culture.
The Aquatic Genet (Genetta piscivora), is a carnivorous mammal from northeastern Zaire. They are related to civets and linsangs. Like most members of its family, it is a secretive and rarely seen species, and little is known about its behavior in the wild. Unlike other genets which have handsomely spotted coats and ringed tails, the Aquatic Genet has a plain, rusty-colored coat, and a black tail, with white spots behind its eyes. It feeds primarily on fish, which it attracts by tapping...