Philippine couple in animal torture videos jailed for life

 A Philippine couple have been jailed for life for forcing young scantily-clad women to torture or kill animals for the sexual gratification of online customers, a court official said Tuesday.

Creatures' ability to regrow limbs is 300 mn years old

The ability of some vertebrates to re-generate or re-grow amputated limbs first evolved at least 300 million years ago, says a study.

Mysterious fossils found in China; world's earliest animals?

Chinese geobiologists have unearthed mysterious spherical fossils that may be among the world's earliest animals.

Dying cells send signal to stimulate new cells in birds
Dying cells send signal to stimulate new cells in birds

Scientists have discovered new neuron growth each spring in songbirds that starts with a signal from the expiring cells from the previous fall that primes the brain to start producing stem cells.

Mammals originated at least 208 mn years ago

Paleontologists have affirmed the idea that mammals, an extremely diverse group that includes egg-laying monotremes, originated at least 208 million years ago, much earlier than some previous works of research suggest.

Harbour seal flu virus can infect humans too
Harbour seal flu virus can infect humans too

The avian H3N8 virus that killed more than 160 harbour seals along the New England coast in 2011 can spread through respiratory droplets and poses a threat to humans, says a study.

New research sheds light on rabbit domestication

Genes controlling the development of the brain and the nervous system were particularly important for animal domestication, suggests a new study on rabbits.

Muscles in animals may have developed 560mn years ago

Researchers have discovered the fossil that comprised of bundles of fibers in a broadly four-fold symmetrical arrangement, suggesting the presence of animals with muscles 560 million years ago.

Animal calls show resemblance to human language

If you believe speech perception is a uniquely human trait, think again! A new study suggests that many animals make sounds similar to human speech.

Burrowing animals may have been pivotal in stabilizing Earth`s oxygen

A new study evolution of the first burrowing animals may have played a major role in stabilizing oxygen on Earth.

Horses `talk` with eyes, ears: Study

Horses can use their facial expressions, specifically the direction of eyes and ears, to "talk" to other horses, a study said Monday.

Earth`s 6th mass extinction begins

A study has revealed the early stages of Earth`s 6th mass extinction event, for which human activities are being held responsible.

Scientists to excavate Wyoming cave with trove of Ice Age fossils

Scientists will begin excavation early next week of an ancient Wyoming sinkhole containing a rare bounty of fossil remains of prehistoric animals, such as mammoths and dire wolves, preserved in unusually good condition, researchers said on Thursday.

Lesser-known wild species targeted by Poachers: Experts

Pangolins, monitor lizards, mongoose, spiny-tailed lizards, and mariner turtles are some of the lesser-known wild species falling on prey of the poachers.

Species go extinct far faster than before: Study

Species of plants and animals are becoming extinct at least 1,000 times faster than they did before humans arrived on the scene, and the world is on the brink of a sixth great extinction, a new study says.

Hunt for MERS source should look beyond camels: Veterinary officials

Scientists lack proof that camels are the source of a deadly new virus that has killed 186 people in Saudi Arabia and should widen their hunt to other animals, veterinary experts meeting in Paris said.

How animals walk

A new breakthrough study, which has identified the key neuron that allows animals to walk, will come in handy while developing new therapies for patients with spinal cord injuries or other motor impairments.

Animals may become human organ donors: Researchers

Advances in transplant technology could allow for the use of animal organs in humans some day, researchers say.

`Love hormone` bonds animals like humans: Study

And you thought you had a patent on `love hormone` when it comes to showing affection! Dogs too have oxytocin and release it in a good quantity when in love or looking for bonding.

How Australian camels turned into `humped pests`

The once useful Australian camels that helped the country establish its modern infrastructure are now regarded as "humped pests" and culled on a large scale, says a study.