Any new dinosaur discovery is exciting, but it's super exciting when something special, like a mummified dino or new species is found. This week, take a look at this perfectly preserved fossil that is so well defined we can even see its color.
According to fossils discovered, snakes had back legs for 70 million years. Given that we have legless lizards today, is it really all that surprising? We know that whales had legs once upon a time, too, so why not snakes?
If a snake bites itself, will it be harmed by its own venom? Scientists say that the digestive enzymes in a snake's stomach take care of that so it doesn't even have to be immune when it's eating its own prey. And while a snake bitten from another snake of the same species likely won't suffer much damage, it can still be hurt by a venomous snake of another species if bitten.
How weird is it when we cross of a species of animal as extinct only to be proven wrong years later? We keep hearing stories like these and it makes me want to go Inigo Montoya on some scientists: You keep using that word, extinct, but I don't think it means what you think it means. It's a nice surprise to find out when we're wrong about these animals!
The more we learn about ancient animals and their behavior, the more facinating they seem. Many ancient creatures seem like alien life forms for as much as they don't resemble today's creatures, and with so much ocean life left to explore, how could we possibly ever get bored with this subject? Take prehistoric sharks, for example. The Squalicorax, it has been found out, used to dine on the pterosaur, otherwise known as a flying lizard.
A virginal birth used to be something reserved for religion and myth, which are the same thing, depending on who you ask. Yet now we're not so sure. Two komodo dragons have laid viable eggs in Europe that seem to be doing well--completely without fertilization. If those things hatch, will we have a new paradigm regarding reptilian reproduction?
If you've ever wondered how alligators survive the coldest months of the year, you need to take a peek at these photos of gators in a frozen North Carolina pond. (Who thinks of North Carolina when they think of gators, by the way? It totally makes sense but the focus is always farther south.) It's amazing to see how the alligators survive!
On their own, frogs and snakes aren't particularly weird. Okay, so there are some weird species like the Horror Frog, but when it's all said and done most of us know what a snake and a frog look like. But have you ever heard of a frog consuming a snake for dinner?
In 2015, the first-ever bioflourescent reptiles were located near the Solomon Islands and ever since then, people are wondering what other glowing animals might be out there. The "glowing sea turtles" are also known as hawksbill sea turtles and they completely caught marine biologists by surprise--quite literally. A bioflourescent sea turtle simply swam by while a team was out collecting data.
You might think that humans are the only creatures who know how to lie, but there you would be completely wrong. Many animals are well practiced at the art of deception, using lies to increase their own chances of survival. National Geographic just published a great list of such creatures and you might be surprised at who the lying liars are!