A feathered dinosaur with bat wings. That’s pretty much all you need to know about Yi qi to know that it was one special little dinosaur, a dinosaur that wasn’t going to let a little thing like “not having feathered wings” keep it from soaring through the skies.
Danish researchers, writing in PLOS ONE, have described a new genus of deep-sea animal discovered off the coast of Australia. Specimens defy easy placement in any known animal group, while sharing similarities with a group thought to have died out more than 500 million years ago.
Researchers from the University of Sydney found that members of the orb-weaving species Nephila plumipes grew larger, fatter, and reproduced faster when they lived in urbanized city environments instead of their natural wild habitats.
For the next month, the Journal of Zoology's special issue on paleoethology (the study of how extinct species behaved) is totally free to read (and download).
Sweet, savory (umami), sour, bitter, and salty . . . the ability to detect these five primary tastes is shared by nearly all living animals, passed down to us from some ancestral gustatory prodigy over 900 million years ago. Fish, amphibians, birds, reptiles, mammals, and even insects share this tightly-conserved…