Read more about the article Black Death Only Spread Because Man Was Too Close To Rats, Says Oxford Study
The Black Rat (Rattus rattus) which is one of the most common of the world’s 56 Rattus species, and is also known as the house, roof or ship rat. It is found throughout Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas. (division, CSIRO/Newsflash)

Black Death Only Spread Because Man Was Too Close To Rats, Says Oxford Study

The Black Death was only possible because human civilisation had become advanced enough to allow rats to survive and flourish, according to the first study of the ancient genes of…

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Read more about the article Famous Stork Who Shares Unlikely Friendship With Turkish Fisherman Visits Old Pal For 11th Year Running
The stork named Yaren visited the Turkish fisherman once again in the village of Eskikaraagac, located in the Karacabey district of the northwestern Turkish city of Bursa. (@alpertuydes/Newsflash)

Famous Stork Who Shares Unlikely Friendship With Turkish Fisherman Visits Old Pal For 11th Year Running

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A stork who became famous after a documentary was made about her unlikely friendship with a Turkish fisherman has returned to see her old friend for the 11th year running.…

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Read more about the article Worlds Oldest Zoo Gets Extremely Rare Chameleons To Breed After They Were Smuggled Onto Flight From Africa In Socks
A young Rednose dwarf chameleon (Kinyongia oxyrhina) at the Vienna Zoo in Austria. (Daniel Zupanc/Newsflash)

Worlds Oldest Zoo Gets Extremely Rare Chameleons To Breed After They Were Smuggled Onto Flight From Africa In Socks

The self-proclaimed world's oldest zoo has achieved great conservation and breeding results with over 70 extremely rare chameleons that were stuffed into socks and ice-cream boxes and smuggled in a…

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Read more about the article Worlds Oldest Tortoise, Jonathan, Celebrates 190th Birthday This Year
Jonathan the giant tortoise this year will celebrate his 190th birthday -- making him the oldest tortoise that lives on the remote island of St. Helena in the United Kingdom. (Mathias Falcone/Newsflash)

Worlds Oldest Tortoise, Jonathan, Celebrates 190th Birthday This Year

These snaps taken recently and in the late 1800s show Jonathan the giant tortoise, who turns 190 this year and is believed to be the oldest tortoise to ever live.…

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Read more about the article Scientists Use Ostrich Eggshell Beads To Map 50,000 Year Old Social Network Spanning Africa
A string of modern ostrich eggshell beads from eastern Africa. (Hans Sell/Newsflash)

Scientists Use Ostrich Eggshell Beads To Map 50,000 Year Old Social Network Spanning Africa

Scientists have used ostrich egg shell beads to map a 50,000-year-old social network - the world's oldest, they claim - spanning Africa after over a decade of gathering data. The…

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Read more about the article Half Tonne Of Rotting, Maggot And Mold Infested Bushmeat From Africa Seized By Airport Customs
Cologne customs prevented smuggling of 'Bushmeat' (Galago) from Nigeria. (Hauptzollamt Koln/Newsflash)

Half Tonne Of Rotting, Maggot And Mold Infested Bushmeat From Africa Seized By Airport Customs

German airport Customs have seized half a tonne of rotting African primate, porcupine and antelope 'bushmeat' infested with mold and maggots and hidden between clothes and medicine in packages from…

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Read more about the article Ancient Ancestor From Africas Cradle Of Humankind Is Missing-Link Species That Could Walk Upright And Climb Trees Like Ape
Australopithecus sediba silhouette showing the newly-found vertebrae along with other skeletal remains from the species. (CENIEH/Newsflash)

Ancient Ancestor From Africas Cradle Of Humankind Is Missing-Link Species That Could Walk Upright And Climb Trees Like Ape

An international team of scientists has confirmed that this ancient ancestor of humans from nearly two million years ago that was unearthed in Africa's Cradle of Humankind is a missing-link…

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Read more about the article Chubby Wild Cat Caught Snacking Between Meals One Year After Going On Zoo Diet
The serval named Niu Niu that was placed on diet in Nanjing, China. (Nanjing Hongshan Forest Zoo/AsiaWire)

Chubby Wild Cat Caught Snacking Between Meals One Year After Going On Zoo Diet

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Chinese zookeepers have discovered that this chubby wild cat has been snacking on frogs and rodents between meals after it arrived overweight and was put on a diet a year…

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Read more about the article Hippos Inhabited Germanys River Rhine Whilst Mammoths Wandered Along The Bank During Last Ice Age
Prof. Dr. Wilfried Rosendahl, General Director of the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museum, unveils the lifelike reconstruction of a hippopotamus in the exhibition "Ice Age Safari" in Germany. (REM, Rebecca Kind/Newsflash)

Hippos Inhabited Germanys River Rhine Whilst Mammoths Wandered Along The Bank During Last Ice Age

A study has revealed that Germany's Rhine river was home to hippos around 30,000 years ago meaning the mammals that are now only native to Africa once wandered the European…

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