North America’s Rarest Snake Bites Off More Than It Can Chew

The pine rockland ecosystem of southern Florida evolved atop ancient coral reef systems and came to support an abundance of rare plant and animal species. The limestone substrate of the dead corals is good for trees but, unfortunately, it’s a good foundation for houses as well. Human development has led to the destruction of much of the pine rocklands and poses a threat to the wildlife that … Continue reading North America’s Rarest Snake Bites Off More Than It Can Chew

Sonar Showed a ’50ft Shark Nearing Boat’

Shark researchers are accustomed to surprises, but The Atlantic Shark Institute was taken off guard when something resembling an extinct megalodon shark appeared on sonar. Megalodons were 50 feet in length and had teeth 7 inches long, making them “one of the largest carnivores, if not superpredators, that have ever lived.” The species vanished about 3.6 million years ago, experts say. Still, a research team … Continue reading Sonar Showed a ’50ft Shark Nearing Boat’

Giant Megalodon Tooth Discovered in North Carolina: ‘That Thing Is Insane’

A fossil hunter has found several huge teeth from the extinct megalodon—the largest shark that ever lived—in North Carolina. Jonathan Valentine, who runs the Digging Science website, said in a YouTube video that his haul included a tooth that was 6 inches long and another that was 5.5 inches. Megalodon teeth can be up to 7 inches, although fossil finds usually measure between 3 and 5 … Continue reading Giant Megalodon Tooth Discovered in North Carolina: ‘That Thing Is Insane’

Climate Change to Wipe Out Birds with ‘Extreme’ Features

Soon you may not be able to tell your pigeon from your parrot, as climate change threatens to wipe out birds with more extreme physical features. New research from the University of Sheffield suggests that they are adapting to global warming by developing big beaks and losing distinctive characteristics. The scientists discovered that the world’s smallest and largest birds are likely to be most at … Continue reading Climate Change to Wipe Out Birds with ‘Extreme’ Features