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Ancient “Oddball” Mammal Reshuffles Family Tree?

A mysterious mammal that waded through South Asian swamps 48 million years ago is a distant cousin of modern rhinoceroses and tapirs, a new study says.

New Species of Mammals

In 2008 the IUCN Red List had assessed the conservation status of all known mammal species. Since then, about 200 new species of mammal have been described by science in over 60 countries. These include 72 species of bats, 74 species of rodents, 14 species of primates, 4 species of carnivore, 2 species of dolphin,…

Spider-Man Ready: 5 Animals That Regrow Parts

Regrowing body parts isn’t only the stuff of movies like The Amazing Spider-Man 2—many animals regenerate to keep themselves alive.

Why Skunks Evolved Their Smelly Spray

Skunk spray is so potent that it can knock you out or even kill you—and now we know why the North American mammals evolved the noxious stuff.

New Tapir Discovered—One of Biggest Mammals Found This Century

Talk about a big discovery—a new tapir has been found in the Amazon, the largest land mammal discovered in recent history, a new study says.

Cute Pictures: Baby Olinguito Found in Colombia

Cute new pictures of baby olinguitos—a new mammal recently discovered in South America—have emerged.

Camera Trap Pictures: Rare Badgers, Mongooses Spotted in Gabon

Honey badgers, mongooses, civets, and other small carnivores roam Gabon’s forests, according to the first such survey of its kind.

Nature Sketchbook: New “Olinguito” Species Close-Up

Drawn from the same skulls and skins that led NG Explorer Kristofer Helgen to realize he’d found an unknown species of mammal, these sketches reveal the science and the beauty of the newly described “olinguito.”

3 Mammals That “Choose” Their Babies’ Sex

A new study says mammals can “choose” the sex of their offspring—does that include us?

Ancient Embrace: Amphibian, Mammal Ancestor Buried Together

An injured amphibian and a sleeping mammal ancestor shared a home before a flash flood trapped them 250 million years ago, a new study says.

BioBlitz Finds 489 Species in Rocky Mountain National Park

A 24-hour BioBlitz by some 150 scientists and 2,000 students this weekend identified 489 species alive and well in Rocky Mountain National Park. Or did a last-minute flyover by a bald eagle make the final count 490? Presenting the tally confirmed by scientists this afternoon, BioBlitz coordinators said there were 89 species of birds, 12…

Photographers document endemic species of Tompotika, Sulawesi

Tompotika, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia An international team of photographers gathered on the island of Sulawesi for a Tripods in the Mud  photographic expedition in partnership with the Alliance for Tompotika Conservation / Aliansi Konservasi Tompotika (AlTo).  Joining the effort were ILCP Fellows Sandesh Kadur (India), and Kevin Schafer (USA), joined by Riza Marlon, a well-known Indonesian…

BioBlitz Identifies 859 Species in Saguaro National Park, and Counting …

When the clock stopped at noon on Saturday, more than 170 scientists and 2,000 students had collected or identified 859 species in the 94,000-acre park.

An Earful of Jawbones

The middle ear of mammals contains a chain of three tiny bones (auditory ossicles), the hammer (malleus), anvil (incus), and stirrup (stapes). This chain transmits and amplifies sound vibrations from the eardrum to the inner ear. The eardrum (tympanic membrane) itself is stretched across an additional bone, the ecto­tympanic. In all other land vertebrates, a…

Conservation is Working, but One in Five Animals is Running Out of Time

Do we need to double our conservation efforts? One fifth of the world’s vertebrates–mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fishes–is threatened with extinction, according to a worldwide assessment by thousands of scientists. But had it not been for conservation measures, they say, the number of species on the threatened list would be doubled. Legislation enacted to ban…