In my teens, one of our working dogs who laboured under the name of Dickens would bounce on the spot if he found a snake in the paddocks. The feed at the time would've been knee high, so Dickens was clearing three feet or so, on the spot.
He would do this a number of times, then pounce, and on the bounce back, he would fling it, the snake, almost with a flick - over his shoulder. Invariably the snake would have a broken spine.
He got the name when, as a pup, he would run/work with his Mum and do this in the middle of a paddock.
We couldn't call him 'Bloody Hell', so Dickens it was, as in - what the dickens is that dog doing now.
I reckon that Animals are habitual Mytho, once they've discovered something that works - they will also adapt another Animals actions. like those monkeys who learnt to wash their grain to seperate the sand out.
I never saw his Mum chase snakes - she was a good working dog and would detour around 'em, or jump over snakes...I reckon Dickens sussed that out himself.
Paleontologists find perfectly preserved dinosaur skin in South Korea
By Brooks Hays
April 9, 2019 at 2:39 PM
April 9 (UPI) -- Paleontologists have discovered a set of dinosaur footprints with preserved skin patterns inside each.
"These are the first tracks ever found where perfect skin impressions cover the entire surface of every track," Martin Lockley, a professor of geology at the University of Colorado, Denver, said in a news release.
430 Million-Year-Old Ancient Fossil Uncovered Revealing Underwater "Cthulhu" with 45 Tentacles
By Richelle H. Concio | Apr 10, 2019 10:39 AM EDT
'According to the researchers, its 45 "tube feet" extend to every direction around its body. This trait makes the creature look bigger when under water. The creature uses the 45 tentacles to creep along the ocean floor, snatch up food, and of course, to terrify its predators. Each of the tubular appendages is covered with a sort of protective armor'.
Ancient 'Texas Serengeti' had elephant-like animals, rhinos, alligators and more
Date: April 11, 2019
Source: University of Texas at Austin
During the Great Depression, Texans were put to work as fossil hunters. The workers retrieved tens of thousands of specimens that have been studied in small bits and pieces while stored in the state collections of The University of Texas at Austin for the past 80 years. Now, decades after they were first collected, a researcher has studied and identified an extensive collection of fossils from dig sites near Beeville, Texas, and found that the fauna make up a veritable 'Texas Serengeti.'
This newly discovered critter — named Callichimaera perplexa, which means "perplexing beautiful chimera" — had a hodgepodge of body parts. That name references the mythical chimera from Greek mythology, which had a lion's head, a goat's body and a snake's tail.
But unlike the mythological version, this bizarre chimera actually existed: It had the mouth of a shrimp, the claws of a modern frog crab, the shell of a lobster and the paddle-like appendages of a sea scorpion, the researchers found. Its eyes were so giant that it would be like a human with soccer ball-size peepers, said study lead researcher Javier Luque, a postdoctoral fellow in paleontology at Yale University and the University of Alberta in Canada.
Fossil of new dinosaur discovered in Texas by Hillsboro paleontologist
HILLSBORO, Texas (KWTX) Andre Lujan loves fossils. Spend any amount of time at his museum "Texas Through Time" in Hillsboro and this paleontologist will fill your head with more dinosaur facts than you may be able to retain. And now Lujan has even more to teach museum goers as he recently uncovered the fossil of a brand new dinosaur in Texas.
Fossils found in museum drawer in Kenya belong to gigantic carnivore
Paleontologists say mammal was larger than a polar bear
Date: April 18, 2019
Paleontologists at Ohio University 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.