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Oldest big cat fossil found in the Himalayas

Scientists have discovered the most ancient big cat fossils on record in the Himalayas, in a find that will hopefully help explain how these predators spread throughout the world.

Rare 'Asian unicorn' spotted in Vietnam

The sighting of the saola, often called the 'Asian Unicorn' because humans seldom see the horned creatures, suggests that conservation efforts in Vietnam are making headway.
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A saola, or "Asian unicorn," is caught on camera for the first time in 14 years in a remote Vietnam forest. (World Wildlife Fund/Courtesy)

In parts of Asia, "unicorns" really do exist.

At least in theory.


8 critically endangered species to appreciate while you still can

Here are eight species considered "Critically  Endangered" by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. They are awesome. Please don't let them die.

New hammerhead shark species found off South Carolina

A team of South Carolina researchers makes a startling discovery: a new species of hammerhead shark.

Hundreds of tortoises found in luggage at Thai airport

Thai customs on Thursday said they had discovered over 420 protected tortoises stashed in unclaimed suitcases on a luggage belt in Bangkok's main international airport. Officials became suspicious about two unusually heavy bags left on the carousal at Suvarnabhumi Airport, according to a statement from the customs department. After X-raying the suitcases, they found 423 radiated tortoises, as well as 52 unknown species of turtle or tortoise. The statement said no suspect was arrested over the bags, which arrived in Thailand on a flight from Bangladesh.

New T. Rex dinosaur, the King of Gore, proves predators much older than first believed

With a name like the “King of Gore,” you can imagine just how menacing the newest species of dinosaur might have been. Researchers revealed in Utah on Wednesday the oldest tyrannosaur ever discovered, an animal that roamed North America some 10 million years earlier than previously believed.

Bay cat, one of the world's most rare, caught on camera in Borneo (VIDEO)

A bay cat — one of the rarest cats in the world — has been spotted on camera in Borneo. Ecologists from the Zoological Society of London and Imperial College London used camera traps all over the jungle in Borneo to snap photos of the creature.

There's such a thing as too many animals

There are too many elephants in South Africa. There are too many beavers in Argentina. While we mostly worry about animals going extinct, many are multiplying by dangerous proportions. Here are 11 of the most invasive.

Scientists discover monstrous, flesh-eating platypus

Australia once was home to a bitey platypus species that measured over three feet long, and had a full set of teeth.
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Just imagine this with bigger, pointier teeth, when imagining the now-extinct Obdurodon tharalkooschild species of platypus. (OK: they measured about three feet long). (Wikimedia commons)
Platypus aren't generally known for either their ferocity or their taste for the flesh of the living, but the newly described Obdurodon tharalkooschild proves the species family had a past that was decidedly nastier. Or at least bigger.

Mulan or Bao Bao? US National Zoo asks public to pick name for giant panda cub (VIDEO)

The public has a choice of five Chinese names for giant panda cub born at US National Zoo.
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A panda cub at China Research and Conservation Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong, southwest China's Sichuan province, Sept. 29, 2013. (AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
Giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth to the female cub on Aug. 23, which means it’s coming up on its 100th day of life, when zoos traditionally name pandas.
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