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‘Euro Devil’: Fossil of carnivorous marsupial relative discovered in E Europe

Scientists have discovered fossil remains of a new carnivorous mammal in Turkey, one of the biggest marsupial relatives ever discovered in the northern hemisphere. Read more

Largest-ever study of pets and kids' health finds no link

A large body of research has reported an association between the pet ownership and better health among children. But a new study that is the largest-ever to explore the issue contradicts the common thinking. Researchers did find that children from pet-owning families tended to have better general he Read more

Wildlife royalties: A future for conservation?

Should people who profit from the cultural representation of wildlife pay towards conservation? That is the question asked in a new research study. Read more

The truth about cats' and dogs' environmental impact

US cats and dogs cause 25-30 percent of the environmental impact of meat consumption in this country. The nation's 163 million cats and dogs eat as much food as all the people in France. People should keep their pets -- and keep feeding them meat -- but there may be steps pet owners can take to Read more

Whole genome sequencing identifies cause of zoonotic epidemic

For the first time, researchers have used whole genome sequencing to identify the cause of a zoonotic infection that sparked a national epidemic. Researchers describe their use of whole genome sequencing to determine the cause of a respiratory disease that ripped through a population of native horse Read more

What does trophy hunting contribute to wild lion conservation?

Trophy hunting of lions, the killing of selected individual animals for sport, is highly controversial, and there is much debate about what it contributes to conservation. A new article highlights significant 'unknowns' that thwart conservationists from making any robust conclusions. Read more

Best first aid treatment of jellyfish stings

New research has identified the best way to treat a sting from the lions mane jellyfish (Cyanea capillata). Read more

Shadow of a cub brings more hope for tigers in Russia

A new photograph provides further evidence that tigers are re-colonizing lost habitat in Russia. Read more

Know your enemy: Exposing threatened species to predators improves evasive behaviors

A study of burrowing bettongs in the Australian desert has shown for the first time that exposing threatened native animals to small numbers of predators in the wild teaches them how to avoid their enemies. The new findings could assist in the successful reintroduction of bettongs back onto the main Read more

African leopards revealed: Study documents minute-to-minute behavior of elusive cats

The elusive behavior of the African leopard has been revealed in great detail for the first time as part of a sophisticated study that links the majestic cat's caloric demands and its drive to kill. Read more

Mountain lions fear humans, fleeing when they hear our voices, new study reveals

New research into the behavior of mountain lions indicates they don't like encountering humans any more than we like bumping into them on hiking trails. The findings are particularly valuable as human development encroaches on lion habitat and drives up the number of human-puma encounters. Read more

Ancient DNA reveals role of Near East and Egypt in cat domestication

DNA found at archaeological sites reveals that the origins of our domestic cat are in the Near East and ancient Egypt. Cats were domesticated by the first farmers some 10,000 years ago. They later spread across Europe and other parts of the world via trade hub Egypt. The DNA analysis also revealed t Read more

How to stop the nasty lurking toxoplasmosis parasite? Target its 'stomach,' research suggests

One in three people has a potentially nasty parasite hiding inside their body -- tucked away in tiny cysts that the immune system can't eliminate and antibiotics can't touch. But new research reveals clues about how to stop it: Interfere with its digestion during this stubborn dormant phas Read more

Study sheds light on determining surgical margins for feline tumors

Researchers are paving the way for more precision in determining surgical margins for an aggressive tumor common in cats by analyzing tissue contraction at various stages of the post-operative examination process. Read more

Female Steller sea lions tend to breed near their birthplace

Female Steller sea lions tend to breed at or near the rookery where they were born, according to a study. Read more

Declawing linked to aggression and other abnormal behaviors in cats

Declawing increases the risk of long-term or persistent pain, manifesting as unwanted behaviors such as inappropriate elimination (soiling/urinating outside of the litter box) and aggression/biting, new research concludes. Read more

Wolves need space to roam to control expanding coyote populations

Wolves and other top predators need large ranges to be able to control smaller predators whose populations have expanded, according to a new study. The results were similar across three continents, showing that as top predators' ranges were cut back and fragmented, they were no longer able to c Read more