New Scientist - Life

New Scientist - Life
New Scientist - Life
  1. Last common ancestor of all life emerged far earlier than thought
    All life on Earth can trace its origin to LUCA, the last universal common ancestor – and now it seems this organism may have lived a few hundred million years after the planet formed
  2. Woolly mammoth DNA exceptionally preserved in freeze-dried 'jerky'
    A complete genome has been extracted from a 52,000-year-old woolly mammoth, which might bring us closer to resurrecting the species
  3. Lions' record-breaking swim across channel captured by drone camera
    Two lions, one missing a leg, made a 1.5-kilometre swim through crocodile-infested waters in Uganda, probably in order to mate with females
  4. Why you shouldn't believe claims you can grow a rose in a potato
    Social media assures us that we can grow a rose cutting in a raw potato. But you're better off sticking with tried and tested methods of rose propagation, says James Wong
  5. Stunning blue-skinned frog is a rare genetic mutant
    The magnificent tree frog (Litoria splendida) is normally a vibrant green, but conservationists in Australia have spotted a blue-skinned individual
  6. Evolutionary story of Australia's dingoes revealed by ancient DNA
    Dingoes, the native wild dogs of Australia, arrived on the continent more than 3000 years ago and their gene pool has had little input from domestic dogs
  7. Blue whale mother caught feeding her calf on video for first time ever
    A snorkelling tourist in East Timor has filmed a pygmy blue whale calf drinking its mother’s milk for the first time
  8. Vivid snake species with blue lips and yellow eyes is new to science
    A grass-green snake from Vietnam with yellow eyes, blue lips and a brick-red tail has been identified as a distinct species
  9. Giant salamander-like predator roamed Namibia 280 million years ago
    A fossil found in the Namib desert has been described as a 2.5-metre long predator that resembled a giant salamander
  10. More than 100 shark species may face major population declines by 2100
    The egg hatch rate of one shark species may plummet by up to 90 per cent by the end of the century, suggesting that other egg-laying sharks are at risk

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