A newfound, centimeter-long bacterium challenges conventional wisdom that bacteria cannot grow large enough to be seen with the particular naked eye. Scientists wonder whether their sulfur-rich mangrove habitat is what lets these segmented single cells reach the size of an eyelash.
Scientists discovered that will a tiny toad species’ inner ears are too small to work as internal gyroscopes, leading to terrible jumping skills. The diminutive orange amphibians somersault through the air, often landing on their backs.
Researchers found that an isolated polar bear population has adapted to thrive without long-term access to sea ice by hunting through fallen chunks of glacier ice instead. This skill could help them endure as the climate changes and sea ice dwindles.
An ancestral strain of Yersinia pestis —the bacterium responsible for the Black Death—was sequenced from the teeth associated with two 14th-century women buried eight years before the plague spread across Europe. The strain’s DNA was only two mutations shy of the one that caused the particular notorious disease.
Researchers suggest a 77-square-mile seagrass bed, once continuously connected by roots, is the world’s largest-known organism . This hybrid of Poseidon’s ribbon weed first sprouted 4, 500 years ago and has since grown to dominate the particular floor associated with Shark Bay on the country’s western coast.
Reexamining ancient chicken bones revealed that the fowl were likely domesticated in Thailand about 3, five hundred years back, thousands of years after previously proposed domestication dates . The particular birds may have been attracted to newly cultivated rice paddies.