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This bizarre ancient creature mystified Darwin; now we finally know what it was

The Macrauchenia patachonica is neither a llama nor a horse, nor an elephant, a new analysis of its fossils shows. What exactly this creature was puzzled scientists, including the father of evolution, Charles Darwin. Its origin and what happened to its species had largely remained a mystery – until now.

Feds weigh petition asking for whale protection zone

The federal government is considering whether it should set up an area off Washington’s San Juan Island where endangered killer whales would be protected from motorboats and other disturbances.

As a species, humans inherit murderous tendencies, study says

As a group, mammals average a lethal violence rate against their own of about three killings of their own species in 1,000 deaths. The “root” violence rate of early humans and many of our closer primate cousins is about 20 in 1,000, said study lead author Jose Maria Gomez at the University of Granada in Spain. ... But we’ve gotten less murderous.

Beluga whale research boosted by webcam, citizen science

MARINE SCIENCE -- Researchers are using a boat-mounted webcam to let the world in on their monitoring of some 3,000 beluga whales during their annual congregation in western Hudson Bay. The scientists are banking on the watchful eyes of thousands of viewers to help them...

Effort to monitor bats takes wing in 31 states

An effort spanning 31 states and 10 Canadian provinces has been working to better understand the ecological role that bats play, and the threats they face from climate change, habitat loss and wind energy development.

Local scientists ponder bat migration mystery

Despite advances in GPS monitoring and technology, Washington researchers still have a world of information to discover about bats, including where they go during winter.

Photos: Sea lions, seals stack up at Columbia mouth

FISHING -- Looks like seals and sea lions got word that huge runs of salmon are headed for the Columbia River this spring and summer. Fishermen will have strict quotas on how many salmon they can catch before the seasons are closed to protect the...

Flying Mammals pump up the funk on new EP release

Flying Mammals have landed and with a new album in tow. At the turn of 2013, the Coeur d’Alene band of brothers made a pledge to fans that they would release four EPs this year, one for each season.

Crew tows whale carcass in Malibu out to sea

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — A tugboat towed the decomposing carcass of a whale from a Malibu beach out to sea, several days after it washed ashore and created a stench near the homes of movie stars and millionaires. The remains of the 40,000-pound fin whale were towed Saturday about 20 miles from shore by a crew hired by a homeowners' association, Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Brian Riley said.