Latest Zoology News

Study of puzzling fossils confirms they came from an animal

Sep. 20, 2018 2:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists say they've confirmed that puzzling fossils from more than 500 million years ago are traces of an animal. That would make it one of the earliest known creatures. The fossils are impressions in rock: oval shapes with internal lines, looking somewhat like a leaf imprint densely...

Bye bye bugs? Scientists fear non-pest insects are declining

Sep. 20, 2018 8:20 AM EDT

OXFORD, Pa. (AP) — A staple of summer — swarms of bugs — seems to be a thing of the past. And that's got scientists worried. Pesky mosquitoes, disease-carrying ticks, crop-munching aphids and cockroaches are doing just fine. But the more beneficial flying insects of summer — native...

Fishmonger offers lobsters some herb before the butter

Sep. 19, 2018 3:48 PM EDT

SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine (AP) — These lobsters are going to pot in more ways than one. A Maine lobster pound is banking on using marijuana to try to make cooking the crustaceans a little more humane. The business, Charlotte's Legendary Lobster Pound in Southwest Harbor, is owned by a registered medical...

To protect pollinators, go easy on the fall garden cleanup

Sep. 18, 2018 9:24 AM EDT

Time to rake up the yard, deadhead the perennials and till the vegetable garden? Not so fast. Popular opinion is swinging toward letting things stay just as they are through winter — decayed and drab but serviceable. Displaying a messy yard may not win any good-neighbor awards, but entomologists say our...

Huge squirrel population chomps crops, driving farmers nuts

Sep. 16, 2018 10:48 AM EDT

There's a bumper crop of squirrels in New England, and the frenetic critters are frustrating farmers by chomping their way through apple orchards, pumpkin patches and corn fields. The varmints are fattening themselves for winter while destroying the crops with bite marks. Robert Randall, who has a 60-acre orchard...

Ailing killer whale declared dead, but feds to keep looking

Sep. 14, 2018 12:08 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Efforts to find a sick young orca from a critically endangered population of killer whales in the Pacific Northwest came up empty Thursday, and a scientist who tracks the animals declared her dead — though federal authorities said they'd keep looking. The grim news means scientists...

The Latest: Researcher who tracks whales declares orca dead

Sep. 13, 2018 8:11 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on efforts to save a sick orca in Washington state (all times local): 5:05 p.m. Efforts to find an ailing orca from a critically endangered population of killer whales off Washington state have come up empty, and a scientist who tracks them has declared her dead. Ken Balcomb, of...

Scientists look to map the genes of thousands of animals

Sep. 13, 2018 2:30 PM EDT

A group of scientists unveiled the first results Thursday of an ambitious effort to map the genes of tens of thousands of animal species, a project they said could help save animals from extinction down the line. The scientists are working with the Genome 10,000 consortium on the Vertebrate Genomes Project, which...

Experts prepare plan to capture ill orca as last alternative

Sep. 12, 2018 4:13 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Federal biologists said Wednesday they are preparing a plan to capture and treat a sick, critically endangered orca if there is no other way to save her in the wild. Officials said they will intervene and rescue the orca only if she becomes stranded or separated from the rest of her tightly...

Have you herd? Moose, bighorn sheep pass on migration tips

Sep. 6, 2018 2:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Looking for the best place to eat? Ask a local. Now scientists say that same insider knowledge shapes the springtime migrations of moose and bighorn sheep. Animals learn from experienced members of the herd about where to find the best food, building sort of a cultural know-how that's...