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Jumping Spiders have Amazing Hearing Capabilities: Research

Jumping Spiders have Amazing Hearing Capabilities: Research

Jumping spiders have amazing hearing capabilities, as per a new research paper published by biologist Paul Shamble at Harvard University. Before the current research, scientists believed that spiders are capable of hearing sounds produced nearby only. But, the new research claims that spiders can hear sounds coming from more than three meters away. This capability has left researchers in surprise consider the fact that spiders lack ears and eardrums. Their size usually varies from 1 to 25 mm.

Evolutionary history of dogs seem to include Bear dogs

Evolutionary history of dogs seem to include Bear dogs

Evolutionary history of dogs seem to include Bear dogs
Fragmentary fossilized carnivore remains that sat largely unnoticed in a drawer at Chicago's Field Museum after being unearthed in southwestern Texas nearly three decades ago belonged to a strange group of extinct species known as "bear dogs."

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Chimps, bonobos & orangutans can read minds: study

Chimps, bonobos & orangutans can read minds: study

Humans are not the only intelligent creatures in this world that can 'read minds' as a new study has revealed that at least three species of great apes also have this key cognitive skill.

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Meerkat tops the list of mammals most likely to be murdered by its own kind: Study

Meerkat tops the list of mammals most likely to be murdered by its own kind: Study

In order to have a better understanding about the evolutionary origins of humanity’s violent nature, researchers have studied the violence rates among a thousand species. While looking at the data, researchers were stunned to know that meerkat topped the list of the mammals that is most likely to be murdered by its own kind.

Study’s lead researcher José María Gómez from the University of Granada said that the species might look cute and is popular for its cooperative ways, but when it comes to violence they kill each other.

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Mystic Aquarium finds rescued manatee between four and five months pregnant

Mystic Aquarium finds rescued manatee between four and five months pregnant

Wildlife officials have lately come to know that the manatee that they have saved from cooling waters off Cape Cod a week back is pregnant. A routine medical exam carried out at Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut on Tuesday unveiled that the manatee is between four and five months pregnant.

Dr. Stephen M. Coan, president & CEO of Mystic Aquarium, said that the pregnancy news has made the rescuing effort and the care the manatee is receiving even more worthwhile. It is a big boost for them to continue with the conservation efforts.

Ban on trade of seven species of critically endangered pangolin

Ban on trade of seven species of critically endangered pangolin

Pangolin is quite unique, as it is the only mammal covered with scales, lives on ants and rolls up into a cute spiral. The mammal, which is considered to be one of the weirdest animals on earth, has a tongue that is longer than its body. But there is another fact associated with Pangolin, it is the world’s most trafficked mammal.

Large-scale study sheds light on history of cats

Large-scale study sheds light on history of cats

A first large-scale study of domesticated cats has unveiled significant information on as to how cats boarded the boats taking them across the globe. The study also has shown how cats used to take rides will people from different ancient cultures.

Around 12,000 years back, cats started developing bond with humans. The study has shared that first of the domesticated cats were from wild cats that would run after rodents in fields of early famers. Eventually, cats made into their homes and became their family pets.

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Melatonin responsible for nocturnal hum of midshipman fish

Melatonin responsible for nocturnal hum of midshipman fish

A mystery continuing from 1980s has finally been solved, as scientists have come to know the source behind low-voice humming in sea is the midshipman fish. At that time, California houseboats residents used to think that the noise could be due to sewage pumps or military experiments.

Males of the species take out a courtship call to woo females during the breeding season. The research paper published in the journal Current Biology has unveiled that the study researchers took the midshipman fish into their lab so as to know why the fish sing at night.

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Cats sailed with Vikings during ancient sea voyages: study

Cats sailed with Vikings during ancient sea voyages: study

Thousands of years before cats became one of the most common pets in U.S. households, they were hopping continents with ancient mariners, farmers and even Vikings, a new research revealed.

An extensive study of ancient feline DNA has revealed how cats, which have outnumbered dogs by 75 million across the globe, were domesticated in the Near East and Egypt around 15,000 years ago.

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Louisiana DWF celebrates National Hunting & Fishing Day

Louisiana DWF celebrates National Hunting & Fishing Day

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries (DWF) participated in the annual National Hunting and Fishing Day, celebrated at the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Rifle Range in West Monroe on Saturday.

As the name suggests, the annual National Hunting & Fishing Day, is a national event that is celebrated in all fifty states in honor of the conservation effort of the nation’s hunters and anglers.

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