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ULTRA RARE Black Rhino Born At Lincoln Park Zoo!!

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This is incrediballs!!

Black rhinos are CRITICALLY endangered!

So the fact that a baby was just born into captivity is absolutely ahmayzing!!

A baby black rhino was just born at the Lincoln Park Zoo last week and is the first black rhino born there since 1989.

The little baby is currently bonding with his mama.

The zoo's curator of mammals said:

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Brand New Baby Rock Hyraxes

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Welcome to the world baby Hyraxes!

Three brand new baby Hyraxes were born at Virginia Zoo's Africa - Okavango Delta exhibit.

Rock Hyraxes are little mammals that, other than being super cute, love to snuggle up in rocks.

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Cats And Dolphins Lack A Sweet Tooth!

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Cats, dolphins and hyenas will never get the chance to enjoy the sweet taste of a Sprinkles cupcake!

A study showed that purely carnivorous animals lack a "sweet tooth" or an appeal for sweets. The reason behind the lack of sweet teeth is

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Horses Used To Be The Size Of House Cats!!

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This may seem impossible but during a global warming event about 56 million years ago there was a huge release of carbon into the atmosphere and the oceans raised the average global temperature 10 degrees over the course of 175,000 years.

Mammals reacted to this increase in heat by shrinking in size generation after generation.

The earliest-known horse, Sifrihippus was a 12 pound little thing, about the size of a miniature schnauzer.

By the end of this period of extreme global warming the Sifrihippus had shrunk down to about 8.5 pounds and was about the size of a house cat.

A researcher said:

"This, for the first time, tells us that temperature is what's driving the body size evolution for these horses."

So many animals get smaller and evolve to cope with global warming. The problem is that the same amount of warming that happened over the course of 175,000 years could happen to us within a century or so!!

"While our study provides a measure of possible response to global warming — that is, getting smaller — in a sense that is the best-case scenario."

He continued to say that if animals can't evolve quickly enough (which would be very hard to do in only 100 or so years) they will most likely go extinct.

"It can only get worse, basically."

Well that's not very comforting news.

Maybe we should all take climate change a little more seriously.

Hybrids for everyone!

[Image courtesy Danielle Byerley/Florida Museum of Natural History.]

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This Rat Is Your Super Great Grandfather

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This Rat Is Your Super Great Grandfather

Meet Juramaia sinensis!

Last week scientist in China discovered rodent-like creature that they believe all humans (not just John Gosselin) evolved from.

Why this over any other animal? Aside for the striking resemblance (lolz), the Juramaia is oldest fossil ever of a placentals –- animals that give birth to live young (aka us).

"Juramaia is either a great-grand-aunt or a great-grandmother of all placental mammals that are thriving today,"

palaeontologist Dr Zhe-Xi Luo, of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, told Nature magazine.

We think they're kinda cute!

[image via National]

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Why You Want To Wear Hippo Sweat

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Yummy!

Hippos can stand in the hot sun all day without getting a sunburn, and now researchers know why: a red-colored glandular secretion known as "hippo sweat" contains microscopic structures that scatter light, protecting the hefty mammals from burns, according to a new study

In the future, scientists hope to create a product inspired by hippo sweat that we may be slathering on our bodies before long. The stuff could be an advertiser's dream.

"It would be nice to also try and replicate the antiseptic and insect-repellent characteristics of the sweat, to obtain a four-in-one product: sunscreen, sunblock, antiseptic, insect repellent. Just so long as the stuff doesn't smell like hippo,"

dreamt the study's co-author Christopher Viney.

This sounds ultra fab. Especially if this means we'll see hippos wrapped in towels in a luxurious sauna!

[Image via WENN.]

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Seven New Species of Mammals Discovered in Philippines

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Seven New Species of Mammals Discovered

Adorable Find!

Seven new forest mouse species have come out of hiding on Luzon, the largest island of the Philippines, researchers announced Monday.

Observations of each mouse's morphology as well as genetics suggest the seven newbies are part of a new subgenus called Megapomys, which is part of the genus Apomys. These mice are relatively large, weighing less than a half pound tails that are as long as, or slightly shorter, than the length of the animal's body and head.

"It is extraordinary that so many new species of mammals remain to be discovered in the Philippines, And we are nowhere close to the end of our discoveries. The Philippines may have the greatest concentration of unique species of animals of any country in the world,"

according to Danilo Balete, leader of the project's field team.

There's hoping they discover a dragon or a unicorn next!

Photo: Velizar Simeonovski, The Field Museum

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