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Prehistoric Toothy Predators Had Beefier Arm Bones
2012-01-04 10:51:55

[ Watch the Video ] The combination of colossal canines and forceful forelimbs arose repeatedly over time, says a new study The toothiest prehistoric predators also had beefier arm bones, finds a new fossil study. Sabertooth tigers may come to mind, but these extinct cats weren't the only animals with fearsome fangs. Take the false sabertooth cats – also known as nimravids – and their catlike cousins, a family of carnivores called the Barbourofelidae. Both of these...

2011-12-13 01:06:50

If you're a red-headed guy with eight bulging eyes and a unibrow, size does indeed matter for getting the girl. More specifically, the bigger a male jumping spider's weapons appear to be, the more likely his rival will slink away without a fight, leaving the bigger guy a clear path to the waiting female. Duke University graduate student Cynthia Tedore, working with her dissertation advisor, visual ecologist Sönke Johnsen, wanted to know what visual signals matter most to...

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2011-05-17 07:34:24

The biophysics of snakebites For years Professor Leo von Hemmen, a biophysicist at the TU Muenchen, and Professor Bruce Young, a biologist at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, have been researching the sense of hearing in snakes. While discussing the toxicity of their snakes, it dawned on them that only few snakes inject their venom into their victims' bodies using hollow poison fangs. Yet, even though the vast majority of poisonous reptiles lack hollow fangs, they are effective...

2009-08-28 13:02:47

A crustacean with poisonous fangs and no eyes has been discovered in an underwater cave in the Canary Islands, researchers in Texas said. Tom Iliffe, a marine biologist at Texas A&M, Galveston, discovered the crustacean, and worms smaller than a grain of rice, in a mile-long underwater cave in Lanzarote, the university said in a release Friday. Iliffe, a renowned cave researcher, discovered the marine life while exploring the Tunnel de la Atlantida, the world's longest known underwater...

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2009-03-11 11:11:07

Researchers from London's Natural History Museum have found a rare fish that features small bone fangs. Found exclusively in a single Burmese stream, the Danionella dracula appears to have lost its teeth over time before it later evolved the fangs made of bone, researchers said in the Royal Society's journal Proceedings B. "When you watch them in captivity you can see the males sparring," NHM's Ralf Britz told BBC News. "They display with their lower jaws open incredibly widely, then they...

2009-02-11 10:45:00

ING Bay to Breakers 12K Implements New Policies to Promote Race Enjoyment and Ensure Safety of Race Participants and Cleanliness of Race Course Neighborhoods SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The ING Bay to Breakers and San Francisco police and City officials today announced several new policies will be enforced to improve the safety and enjoyment of the race for runners, spectators and neighbors during this year's 98th running of the ING Bay to Breakers on May 17. (Photo:...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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