Now Snowball's back — alright! — having taught himself a dizzying array of new moves, and have scientists excited about parrots' ability to process music and respond creatively. His rhythmic body-rolls, headbangs, shimmies, and many variations thereof were documented in a new paper published in 'Current Biology'.
Nine deer at a famed park in western Japan have died recently after swallowing plastic bags. Nara Park has more than 1,000 deer and tourists can feed them special sugar-free crackers sold in shops nearby. The crackers don't come in plastic bags, but people still carry them. A veterinarian says the deer may associate the plastic with food.
Research suggests vegetarianism evolved at least three separate times in ancient crocs — a conclusion reached after scientists studied the unusual teeth sported by many species, including the Simosuchus described above. The researcher analysed 146 teeth from 16 extinct crocodyliform species. Half of the ancient species seemed to have been on plant-eating end of the spectrum.
For polar bears, the insulation provided by their fat, skin, and fur is a matter of survival in the frigid Arctic. For engineers, polar bear hair is a dream template for synthetic materials that might lock in heat just as well as the natural version.