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Cats In Science News

Below are cats in science news from the website ScienceDaily.com. The “cats” in the news stories might be pretty much any type of feline: House cats, big cats (lions, tigers, etc.), extinct cats, or more. ScienceDaily publishes new science stories every day on a wide variety of topics, including animals and cats. You might also like: Cat New Stories.

  • Fossils found in museum drawer in Kenya belong to gigantic carnivore
    on April 18, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    Paleontologists have discovered a new species of meat-eating mammal larger than any big cat stalking the world today. Larger than a polar bear, with a skull as large as that of a rhinoceros and enormous piercing canine teeth, this massive carnivore would have been an intimidating part of the eastern African ecosystems occupied by early apes and monkeys. […]

  • Hello, kitty: Cats recognize their own names, according to new Japanese research
    on April 8, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Pet cats can recognize their own names if their names are used regularly by their owners, according to new results. Projects to understand simple social behaviors like name recognition in cats may give clues to how we humans became social. Both humans and cats have evolved through the process of self-domestication, where the population rewards certain traits that then become increasingly common in future generations. […]

  • Poll: Pets help older adults cope with health issues, get active and connect with others
    on April 3, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    Pets help older adults cope with mental and physical health issues, according to a new national poll. But pets can also bring concerns, and some people may even put their animals' needs ahead of their own health, the poll finds. Three-quarters of pet owners aged 50 to 80 say their animals reduce their stress and give them a sense of purpose. But 18 percent also said having one puts a strain on their budget. […]

  • Tiger geckos in Vietnam could be the next species sold into extinction
    on April 1, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    While information about the conservation status of the tiger gecko species is largely missing, these Asian lizards are already particularly vulnerable to extinction. A study provides an overview of their domestic and international trade with a focus on species native to Vietnam. By providing further knowledge about the species abundance and threats for the Vietnamese Cat Ba tiger gecko, the research team urges for strict conservation measures. […]

  • The bigger the evolutionary jump, the more lethal cross-species diseases could be
    on March 28, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    Some diseases which are fatal in one species can cause only mild discomfort in another -- but it's hard for scientists to predict how lethal a disease will be if it leaps across species. However, a new article indicates that the evolutionary relationship between infected hosts can predict the impact of diseases. […]

 

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