Latest Mammal Stories
Mass extinction certainly sounds like it would be the end of the line, and perhaps even evoke images of the end of the world. However, new research suggests that the end can also be the beginning.
The 160 million-year-old fossil of a newly described species has revealed new details about the most successful mammalian lineage in Earth’s history.
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.
A newly discovered fossil skeleton dubbed Megaconus mammaliaformis has evolutionary biologists adding new details to the story of mammalian evolution.
Modern reptiles are cold-blooded, and many researchers maintain dinosaurs were as well. However, new research suggests dinosaurs may have been warm-blooded like birds and mammals.
Online registration is now open for the annual fun run and walk that benefits sick and injured seals and sea lions.
A team of international scientists has found a connection between mammals’ body size and evolutionary development, according to a new report in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
Sorry, Felix and Oscar, but an international team of researchers have found a real-life odd couple that puts Neil Simon’s famous duo to shame – a mammal forerunner and an ancient amphibian, which were discovered sharing a burrow during the Early Triassic period.
A new study led by the University of Liverpool sheds new light on how diving mammals, such as the sperm whale, have evolved to be able to submerge for long periods underwater without breathing.
The late rocker Jim Morrison may have been known as “the Lizard King” during his heyday in the late-1960s, but another creature that lived 40 million years ago is being hailed as the “king of lizards.”
Tachyglossidae is a family that holds eight species of echidnas, also known as spiny anteaters, four of which are known only from fossils. The remaining four species, which include the platypus, can only be found in New Guinea and Australia. They prefer to reside in wooded areas and can be found under piles of vegetation, roots, and occasionally inside the burrows of other animals. This family is named after the "Mother of All Monsters" in Greek mythology, although the two do not resemble...
The Aardvark, Orycteropus afer, sometimes called the "˜antbear', is a medium-sized mammal native to Africa. It lives south of the Sahara desert where there is suitable habitat for them to live. It prefers savannas, grasslands, woodlands and bush. They are not found in deserts but are found in areas where there is a good supply of ants and termites. The most distinctive characteristic of the Aardvark is their teeth. Instead of having a pulp cavity, they have a number of thin tubes of...
The European Mole, Talpa europaea, is a mammal of the order Soricomorpha. This mole lives in an underground tunnel system, which it constantly extends. It uses these tunnels to hunt its prey. Under normal conditions the displaced earth is pushed to the surface, resulting in the characteristic "mole hills". It has a cylindrical body and is around 5 1/4 inches (12 cm) long. Females are typically smaller than males. The eyes are small, and hidden behind fur. Its ear is just a small ridge...
The platypus is a semi-aquatic endemic to eastern Australia and Tasmania. Together with the four species of echidna, it is one of the five species of monotremes, the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young. It is the sole living representative of its family and genus, though a number of related species have been found in the fossil record. The unique appearance of this egg-laying, duck-billed mammal baffled naturalists when it was first discovered, with some...
- Monstrous in size or character; huge; prodigious; monstrously perverse, savage, cruel, etc.