Ancient whale yields secrets to filter feeding's origins

The blue whale is the largest animal that has ever lived. And yet they feed almost exclusively on tiny crustaceans known as krill. The secret is in the baleen, a complex filter-feeding system that allows the enormous whales to strain huge volumes of saltwater, leaving only krill and other small organisms behind. Now, researchers who have described an extinct relative of baleen whales offer new insight into how baleen first evolved. According to Science daily

The findings shed light on a long-standing debate about whether the first baleen whales were toothless suction feeders or toothed whales that used their teeth like a sieve to filter prey out of water, the researchers say. The teeth of the newly discovered species of mysticete, called Coronodon havensteini, lend support to the latter view.

Sensitive Faces Helped Dinosaurs Eat, Woo and Take Temperature

Dinosaurs' faces might have been much more sensitive than previously thought, according to a study -- helping them with everything from picking flesh from bones to wooing potential mates, according to Science Daily.

Experts used advanced X-ray and 3D imaging techniques to look inside the fossilised skull of Neovenator salerii -- a large carnivorous land-based dinosaur - and found evidence that it possessed an extremely sensitive snout of a kind previously only associated with aquatic feeders.

How cats conquered the world

They often have a funny way of showing their affection, but domestic cats may owe their love of curling up on human laps to the ancient Egyptians.

A genetic study on feline remains dating back 9,000 years has revealed a lineage of cats from Egypt began spreading around the world around 3,000 years ago.

These creatures interbred with local animals and left distinct DNA that persist in our pets to this day.

The scientists behind the research believe the Egyptian cats were so successful because they had developed traits that made them better 'companions' than other types of wildcat.

Is Your Child Smarter than An Ape?

An experiment has revealed that most children surpass the intelligence levels of chimpanzees before they reach four years old.

The experiment, which was done by a group of researchers and led by Professor Thomas Suddendorf at, tested for foresight, which is said to distinguish humans from animals, according to Daily Mail.

The experiment saw researchers drop a grape through the top of a vertical plastic Y-tube.

The researchers then monitored the reactions of a child and chimpanzee in their efforts to grab the grape at the other end, before it hit the floor.

Secrets behind T. Rex's Bone Crushing Bites: T. Rex Could Crush with 8,000 Pound Bite Forces

The giant Tyrannosaurus rex pulverized bones by biting down with forces equaling the weight of three small cars while simultaneously generating world record tooth pressures, according to a new study by research team, according to Science daily.

In a study Professor of Biological Science Gregory Erickson and Paul Gignac, assistant professor of Anatomy and Vertebrate Paleontology, explain how T. rex could pulverize bones -- a capacity known as extreme osteophagy that is typically seen in living carnivorous mammals such as wolves and hyenas, but not reptiles whose teeth do not allow for chewing up bones.

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