Latest Mammal Stories
Boys are right-handed, girls are left...Well at least this is true for sugar gliders (Petaurus breviceps) and grey short-tailed opossums (Monodelphis domestica)
A new study has brought together the fossil record and the embryonic development process of whales to investigate how this majestic marine mammal got its curious teeth.
A team from Carnegie Museum of Natural History have completed the largest-ever study of mammalian ancestors, helping to construct what the common ancestor of all mammals may have looked like.
Mice living in the high-altitude, oxygen-starved environment of the Andean mountains survive those harsh conditions by fueling their muscles with carbohydrates.
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.
Developmental genetics and paleontology seem worlds away from each other and the gulf between fossils and petri dishes seems insurmountable. Even the essential questions of the two disciplines are miles apart.
Most species of diurnal mammals have retained the imprint of nocturnal life in their eye structures since the age of dinosaurs. However, anthropoid primates - including humans, monkeys and apes - are the only groups that deviate from this pattern.
A biologist at the Imperial College London has created an interactive website that allows users to explore evolutionary history by clicking and zooming in on a virtual tree of life.
The genetic building blocks behind the human heart’s subtle control system have finally been identified.
65 million years ago, dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops disappeared, leaving Earth open to the rise of mammals. These strange creatures are only distantly related to the mammals alive today.
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...
- A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.