Diegoalerus was probably around the size of a bobcat.
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The first sabre-toothed cat-like predator was not much larger than a bobcat, but it had long teeth and a strong jaw to cut through thick skin.
Wild dogs are usually with their pack mates.
African wild dogs are used to evading hyenas and lions. Genetic research suggests they are using the same strengths to get around human development as well.
One in 200 jaguars are likely to be affected by dams, versus one in five tigers.
Wolf watching in Sierra de la Culebra, Spain.
A farming community in north-west Spain may hold the answer to coexistence with wild carnivores.
The researchers found tooth shape varied, depending on the types of food a carnivore regularly bites into – in much the same way we choose a kitchen knife depending on what we’re cutting up.
Small but fierce: Grasshopper mice can eat prey that are toxic to other mice.
Animals that regularly dine on toxic food may hold clues for designing new drugs to treat persistent pain in humans.
Won’t you be my neighbor?
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For the first time in the US, a ballot measure will ask voters whether to restore wolves to a place where they’ve been eradicated. Coloradans have strong views on both sides.
Pandas have done more to raise awareness of biodiversity loss than any other species. But they may not be good at stopping it themselves.
The invasive species was likely brought to Australia unintentionally by ship. Now found in every state and territory, the wasps are decimating our ecosystems.
A bear leaving its calling card.
An animal’s poop may seem like something to avoid, but it’s full of information about the creature that left it there.
From food to friend.
The world is coming round to meat alternatives, but we need to speed the process up for the sake of the environment.
Sampling sediments in Denisova Cave.
Denisova Cave in Siberia has a rich fossil history of early humans - and deposits of droppings from hyenas, wolves and even bears, according to a new analysis of the cave’s dirt floor.
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Wolves are not bad – they’re just trying to survive in a world where they are unwelcome.
Cats and dogs in the UK eat billions of tonnes of meat every year, but insect pet food could change this.
A serval captured on a camera trap at an industrial site in South Africa.
A high number of carnivores have been discovered at a huge industrial site in Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Livestock guardian dog breeds, such as Maremma, are often raised with and trained to consider themselves part of a livestock herd and so protect their herd from threats.
All three of the methods found to be most effective at protecting livestock do not involve killing carnivores.
Fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox) at the Houston Zoo.
The fossa, Madagascar’s largest predator, is a cat-like carnivore that eats everything from insects to lemurs. Because they are rare and elusive, scientists know very little about them, including how many there are.
Is it ethical to eat meat?
The coworking company, WeWork, has banned meat, citing an attempt to reduce its carbon footprint. For centuries, philosophers have made a moral case against meat-eating.
It’s barbecue season, a time of year that usually makes the meat industry happy. But an increasing number of Canadians, especially those under 35, are cutting out meat from their diets – a trend that should be causing serious alarm for meat producers.
There have been an increasing number of reported anti-meat incidents around the world as more consumers second-guess their relationship with animal proteins. How can the meat industry adjust?
Dingoes are usually solitary, but can forage in groups near human settlements where food is abundant.
An attack on a WA mine worker has highlighted the danger of wild dingoes, particularly when attracted by humans’ food - one of the factors that can make an attack by wild predators much more likely.