Cheetahs migrated to Africa from North America 100,000 years ago during the last Ice Age. Following their "big move," populations dwindled and incestuous breeding increased. This troubled linage has had a lasting impact on modern Cheetahs, many of which have difficulty reproducing due to a gene mutation that affects sperm development.
Among all bat species, African straw-colored fruit bats are record-holding flyers. This enables them to successfully forage for food, while spreading seeds and pollen over wide-spread areas of Africa.
The recovery and conversion of urban waste could become a valuable source of electricity that benefits millions of Africans, say energy and sustainability experts.
Early human teeth found in a cave in southern China suggest that humans migrated to Asia much earlier than previously thought, and long before they made their way to Europe. This changes our knowledge of early human distribution.
After sequencing a genome of an ancient African male skull, researchers revealed more about the early humans' migration and introduction of farming in East Africa.
Thankfully, we're not talking about people here. It seems that a nasty weed native to America has reared its ugly head in Africa, and it's not only poisoning livestock but somehow helping starving mosquitoes survive long enough to spread malaria.
The last two circus lions of Bulgaria are finally free. The Born Free Foundation and Born Free USA have announced that Jora and Black, an inseparable pair of rescued lions, have completed a 10,500 mile journey to find a new home and new freedoms on the spacious plains of Africa.
An invasive species of moth known as the tomato leafminer is damaging tomato crops globally. It hasn't made its way to the U.S. yet but Virginia Tech researchers have issued recommendations on how to prevent future destruction.
Wits University researchers recently discovered the earliest known fossils of coelacanth species. This species, named Serenichthys kowiensis, is 360 million years old.
Pre-reptile Bunostegos akokanensis is the earliest known creature to stand upright on all four legs. This species was thought to be a sprawler, but researchers from Brown University found that it had shoulders extending directly underneath its body instead of out to the sides.
If you're a zebra, we have some bad news for you. Stripes, as it turns out, do not confuse predators nearly as much as experts once thought. In fact, their true purpose is still anyone's guess.
Characteristic of the wile canines of oral tradition, jackals, it seems, had us tricked. Researchers have found what they are calling concrete evidence that a species of golden jackal living in Africa and Asia is actual two separate species - marking the first discovery of a new canine group in over 150 years.
In the first unified effort to move against wildlife trafficking in the U.S. and abroad, the U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance has formed and plans to meet in the fall. Who will be its members?
In many parts of the world, education is the #1 factor associated with awareness of climate change. But there are regional distinctions, and countries vary in terms of why people do or don't know the word and phenomenon. More here from a global poll done by researchers from Yale, Columbia, Utah State, Princeton, U-Mass-Amherst, and Academica Sinica in Taiwan.