A Mysterious 25,000-Year-Old Structure Built of the Bones of 60 Mammoths

The purpose of such an elaborate structure remains a big open question

A jaw-dropping example of Ice Age architecture has been unearthed on Russia’s forest steppe: a huge, circular structure built with the bones of at least 60 woolly mammoths. But exactly why hunter-gatherers enduring the frigid realities of life 25,000 years ago would construct the 40-foot diameter building is a fascinating question.

“Clearly a lot of time and effort went into building this structure so it was obviously important to the people that made it for some reason,” says Alexander Pryor, an archaeologist at the University of Exeter (U.K.). He is the lead author of a new study published this week in the journal Antiquity describing the find at Kostenki, a place where many important Paleolithic sites lie clustered around the Don River.

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The world allover has a version of its own hairy monster stalking the forests, hills & jungles of its country. Enjoy the collection of the videos of the various elusive monsters from the past/now?? SHARE WITH FRIENDS & OTHERS 4 THEM TO ALSO ENJOY.

These creatures are known by various names, but the generic term, Yeti will be used here.

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An amazing number of deaths of humans by the animal kingdom will astound you.

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Medicine from the jungle – rainforest pharmacy | DW Video Documentary

Bonobo apes are experts in using rainforest plants as medicine. But they’re now endangered because of poaching and deforestation.

Will the secrets of the rainforest die with them? Find out in: RAIN FOREST PHARMACY – MEDICINE FROM THE JUNGLE. Dr Barbara Fruth is in the Democratic Republic of Congo to study the apes and learn more about the rainforest pharmacy. Her team of international researchers is in a race against time – can they finish their work before the apes’ medical knowledge is lost forever? WATCH VIDEO DOCUMENTARY NEXT

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Mammoth tusk hunters probe permafrost for ‘ethical ivory’

With the sale of elephant tusks under close scrutiny, “ethical ivory” from the extinct woolly mammoth is now feeding an insatiable market in China. This rush on mammoth ivory is luring a fresh breed of miner – the tusker – into the Russian wilderness and creating millionaires in some of the poorest villages of Siberia.

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Tropical Snakes Suffer as a Fungus Kills the Frogs They Prey On

Surveys of reptiles in central Panama show the ripple effects of an ecological crisis. Fungus kills off frogs.Snakes then go hungry.

Tropical snakes are masters of disguise, skillfully camouflaged and capable of holding a position for hours without moving a muscle. This made for challenging work for herpetologist Karen Lips, now at the University of Maryland, who spent 13 years counting the snakes of El Copé in central Panama.

Lips had anticipated the arrival of chytrid, a fungus that has been killing off huge numbers of amphibians in Central America since the 1990s. The effects of the disease were well documented—a massive collapse of frog populations was coming. So Lips set up wildlife surveys to track tropical snake populations that prey on amphibians before and after the fungus swept through El Copé. The study, published today in the journal Science, found that it’s most likely that snake species fell as a result of the mass frog die-off.

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What’s the World’s Largest Snake? Pythons? Anacondas? Boas? Video-Yes. Watch here now.

Burmese pythons, such as this one, have been found to consume a wide variety of wildlife, including alligators, wood storks and Key Largo woodrats.
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Perhaps a better question would be where is the world’s largest snake? Scholars have argued about it, but the Guinness Book lists the world’s largest snake as Fluffy (not a very snuggly creature), a reticulated python that measured more than 24 feet and weighed more than 300 pounds. Sadly, Fluffy passed away suddenly in October of 2010 at a zoo in Powell, OH due to an apparent ovarian tumor. She was 18 years old and still 24 feet long (a fact worth noting as some snakes, like people, shrink with age).

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What’s The Biggest Animal That a Snake Can Swallow?

Snakes can gape their jaws wide to gulp down even very large animals.

Snakes gulp down animals whole. This golden tree snake (Chrysopelea ornata) is eating a butterfly lizard (Leiolepis belliana), but other snakes can gulp down prey that is much, much bigger.
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The top suggested searches on YouTube for “snake eats” offer some insight into our fascination with the scary and disgusting. Some of the suggestions are gross (“snake eats frog live”) or hard to imagine (“snake eats porcupine”). Others seem symbolic (“snake eats itself”). But the largest group of suggestions emphasize one theme: size. Anyone with a macabre sensibility and a few minutes to spare can watch a snake scarf down an alligator, a deer, a pig, a crocodile or a cow.

But what’s the largest animal that a snake can devour?

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This Hairy Frogfish’s Bite is Too Fast For Slow-Motion

The fastest bite in the animal kingdom.

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Four rare mountain gorillas ‘die in Uganda lightning strike’

There are just over 1,000 mountain gorillas in existence

Four rare mountain gorillas, including a pregnant female, have died in Uganda after being hit by lightning, a conservation group says.

The three adult females and a male infant were found in Uganda’s Mgahinga National Park with “gross lesions” on their bodies indicating electrocution.

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