Snoozing Jellyfish Hint At The Evolutionary Origins Of Sleep

Snoozing Jellyfish Hint At The Evolutionary Origins Of Sleep

It’s hard to imagine two animals more different than a jellyfish, a pulsating brainless blob, and a human, a super-intelligent bipedal ape-thing. Despite our great differences, we have one unlikely similarity: sleep. It turns out, brainless jellyfish enjoy a snooze just as much as other animals, as reported in a new study published in Current…

Large Herbivorous Dinosaurs Were Snacking On Crustaceans

Large Herbivorous Dinosaurs Were Snacking On Crustaceans

Herbivorous dinosaurs tended to eat, well, plants. But the fossilized poop of these animals has revealed something unusual – it now seems these big beasts occasionally branched out gastronomically and also snacked on crayfish and crabs. The unusual behavior was brought to light when researchers uncovered the 75-million-year-old fossilized poop, known as coprolites, of some large herbivorous dinosaurs, which…

Smelly Cheese Helps Discover A New Genus Of Cave Animal

Smelly Cheese Helps Discover A New Genus Of Cave Animal

As if cheese hasn’t done enough for the world, it’s now working on the frontline of science to discover a “striking” new species and genus of animal. The discovery was made in the Kaptarhana cave, a remote cavern located at the foot of the Koytendag Mountain in Eastern Turkmenistan, by an international team of speleobiologists…

Eight-Year Old Insect Enthusiast Co-Authors Scientific Paper

Eight-Year Old Insect Enthusiast Co-Authors Scientific Paper

An eight-year-old girl has co-authored a paper in the peer-reviewed journal Annals of the Entomological Society of America, making her possibly the youngest scientific author in history. Sophia Spencer’s story, and her collaboration with the University of Guelph’s Morgan Jackson, is a tale of the positive role social media can play and the inspiration a…