What is it about gummy bears that makes them so irresistible for everyone from toddlers to teens…and full-grown adults?
Perhaps we’ll never know whether it’s their squishy consistency or their sugary flavor, but one thing we do know is that we can finally stop spending money on the store-bought versions. Yes, my friends, you can indeed make these childhood treats at home!
And the recipe is really easy!
Your kids are about to tout you as the best parents ever.
I grew up around tons of woodland creatures, including squirrels.
My college was so well-known for its squirrel population that they even considered changing the mascot to a fearsome squirrel. In all that time, though, I’ve never made friends with one. They were more likely to scare me by popping out of a trash can on my way to class than anything else.
Scott and Pam Martin, however, have come to love their squirrel friend, Putter, who comes to visit every day and gets treated like a queen.
The Martins own a local business and they realized that they saw Putter show up on their outdoor patio regularly. The customers loved her, so they didn’t try to shoo her away.
You know those fights where you’re so sick of the other person’s yapping that you don’t even care whether your point gets across anymore? This cat can definitely relate.
The feline was hanging out with some of its friends in Kirsanov, Russia, when they were rudely interrupted by a dachshund looking to stir up some drama. And while the pup barked relentlessly to get a reaction, the oddly zen-like kitty couldn’t be less impressed.
As the end of this video proves, though, this cat isn’t totally fearless.
Sorry, little wiener dog. Maybe next time you’ll find a cat that actually gives a crap.
Cats like attention, and as you can see from these photobombing felines, they’ll do anything to get it! Whether they’re crashing family photo shoots, private selfies, unsuspecting dogs, or even each other, these cats are on a mission to turn every purrfect picture into an absolute cat-astrophe! Check out this list, compiled by Bored Panda, for some hilarious furry photobombers. Don’t forget to vote for the best!
It’s sad to think about it, but the vast majority of dogs and cats at pet stores come from puppy mills. These animals are raised in deplorable conditions, and many that survive suffer from serious health issues. On top of that, almost all of these animals are emotionally scarred in some way from the ordeal.
The dog featured in this video goes by the name of Ruggles. Ruggles was fortunate enough to be rescued from a puppy mill, but he wasn’t in great shape. Brought to the Cherokee County Animal Shelter in Georgia, he met another rescued animal — a cat named Chompers. Chompers was rescued after being found under a porch. Both were extremely shy at first, but look how quickly things change after a bit of playtime.
Kristen Roupenians 4,000-word tale about a stilted romance sent the internet into meltdown this week. Heres the lowdown on the battle lines that formed
After inspiring a cacophony of venom on Twitter, an exhausting avalanche of hot takes and a chasm of opinion between those who think it is a work of genius and those who consider it misandrist drivel, is there anyone left who is still a Cat Person person? The New Yorker short fiction by Kristen Roupenian follows the stilted romance of Margot and Robert, whose ultimately unfulfilling relationship is fuelled only by the power of text message banter.
A lot of facts about our lives (like the lack of control over it and the inevitable death afterwards) are tough to swallow, so it’s best you learn about them from somebody soft and fluffy. Luckily, there’s a tumblr, dedicated to using cats to deliver heavy information. It’s called Hard Truths From Soft Cats, and it helps to carry the burden of existence.
Some of these messages are objectively true and some are subjectively false but the collection of these images can be described as a healthy introduction to pessimism. American philosopher and psychologist William James came up with the equation: happiness = expectations / reality. According to it, there are two ways to live a happier life – change reality, or change expectations. Pessimists reduce the expectations. They prepare themselves for the worst by reducing tension and shielding from disappointment. However, don’t think of them as grim – they can easily fill the gap between what should be and what is with laughter. Just like these comics do!
It’s usually agreed that you need to eat to live and that living to eat might be a tad unhealthy. But look at these cute animals having a go at it! From the cute-yet-gruesome sight of bunnies eating strawberries (so that’s how Monty Python got inspired) to everyone except otters enjoying watermelons, it’s a zoological dinner extravaganza. We’ve made this list specifically for your enjoyment.
However, animal feeding is not as easy as it sounds. From the extremely nebulous rules on cats and lactose to the fact that dogs shouldn’t eat chocolate, you would do good to Google any relevant information before feeding that squirrel your sriracha-laden macaroni salad.
The internet never takes an off day and is a fickle beast when it comes to its memes. Today’s meme is an image of a mischievous looking duck that looks like it knows something you don’t. The origin of said image is already lost to history, of course, but needless to say the internet has had a great time with it over the past couple of days.
(CNN)The first time Vanessa Didon saw a turtle, she was blown away.
“Every encounter is like my first one,” Didion says. “I go a little bit crazy and then I remember I need to measure the turtle, watch out for what she is doing, so every encounter is like the first one for me.”
Four years ago, she left her job as a science and maths teacher to start a family. Along the way she discovered an unexpected passion for marine conservation. Through a warm smile, she admits that while teaching she’d use any excuse to get her science students outside, encouraging them to play in the dirt and explore.
“It’s always been in me, the environment had been calling me for some time,” she says.
The Seychelles archipelago hosts one of the largest remaining global populations of the critically endangered hawksbill turtle, and significant populations of the endangered green turtle.
In 1994 the Seychellois government made it illegal to harm, kill, or be in possession of sea turtles, including their meat and their eggs. The penalty is up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $37,000.
But despite the strict laws, Didon says poaching is still a major issue because of the country’s traditional appetite for turtle meat.
“Some people would say it’s in the culture, but in terms of population we know that the turtle population had gone down, and the human population has gone up, so of course there is going to be some sort of problem there,” Didon says.
October marks the beginning of the nesting season in the Seychelles, when female hawksbill and green turtles emerge out of the comfort of the Indian Ocean to lay their eggs on the very beaches where they hatched.
During the nesting season, Didon and her colleagues can be seen patrolling the beaches where they know turtles might come to nest. If there are no turtles on the beach, they look for tracks and the tell-tale signs that a female has laid her eggs.
“Sometimes it’s very apparent that the turtle has nested,” she says. “You can see sand thrown around, but sometimes if you are not too sure, it’s quite good to just feel the sand and if you feel loose sand, this gives you an indication that there is a nest there.”
If a nest is found, its precise location is recorded using GPS, to monitor its status until the hatchlings appear after a two-month incubation period.
Despite no longer teaching in a classroom, Didon says a big part of her job is educating others about the plight of sea turtles and other local marine wildlife. During the off season, she visits schools and hotels to host awareness programs and presentations.
“I want future generations to be able to see all these lovely things that we have, like the wildlife,” she says.
“People have kids, I have kids, and I would want them to grow up maybe doing the same job that I’m doing.”
The aquarium, based in Newquay, said most loggerheads were born along the coast of Mexico, Florida, in the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
– The loggerhead's name refers to its extraordinarily large head, which houses powerful jaw muscles and large beak for crushing crustaceans.
– The species is listed as endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
– They nest at sites in the Mediterranean and along the coasts of Oman, South Africa, Australia and southeast USA.
– Adults can weigh up to 28st 4lb (180kg)and grow to over 3ft (1m) long.
Marine Conservation Society
Image caption Loggerhead turtles
Mr Matchett said the turtle, which is about 8 inches (20cm) long, could have been washed up in Cornwall following a severe storm, causing it to be pushed out the warmer water of the Atlantic and further north.
He said: “Turtles only strand in UK waters when there is something seriously wrong with them.
“They tend to fall victim to our chilly waters and gradually become more and more lethargic until they lapse into unconsciousness.”
The turlte is now receiving emergency treatment.
“The next few days are absolutely crucial but we have to face the fact that it has been through a lot and the fact it has stranded means it was no longer able to swim or fend for itself,” he said.
(CNN)Animal rights groups in Japan have raised the alarm over a dolphin, 46 penguins and hundreds of fish and reptiles that are locked in an aquarium that has been closed for months.
The Inubosaki Marine Park, in the city of Choshi, just east of Tokyo, shut down in January because of a lack of visitors.
Park staff continue to feed the marine life at the aquarium.
But with no companions, Honey — who was captured from the wild in 2005 — is condemned to a lonely existence.
Sachiko Azuma, of the group Put An End to Animal Cruelty and Exploitation (PEACE), said: “I did not expect that the animals would be abandoned. However, even in February, people were able to see there were still animals in the park. So I started researching and found out that the negotiations to transfer them had not progressed.”
PEACE, which said on its website that it had observed scars on Honey’s back due to sunburn, has called on concerned citizens to send postcards to Choshi City office calling for action.
Choshi City’s tourism office told CNN it had received nearly 1,400 letters and emails urging help for Honey but that it has no right to interfere in the workings of a private company so it cannot help.
“The aquarium is an agency dealing with animals so it’s their responsibility to explain what they are going to do with Honey and the other animals,” said Azuma.
CNN attempted to reach the Inubosaki Marine Park for comment but received no response.
Shunichi Sugasawa, of the Chiba Prefecture hygiene control division, told CNN that its staff went into the marine park this week for a monthly inspection, based on the Animal Protection Act.
He said the inspectors confirmed that the dolphin and 46 penguins were alive and healthy, while the number of other fish had halved. They reported that Honey’s wounds had nearly healed after the marine park staff treated them with medicine and Vaseline.
Working on a transfer
Sugasawa said the prefecture’s office was in contact with the marine park, which was working to find a suitable place to transfer the dolphin. But the decision has not been made, he said, and officials cannot predict what will happen because it depends on the marine park’s decision.
Akiko Mitsunobu, of the Animal Rights Center, said Honey appeared to be affected by the limited space available. “I think dolphins staying like this without swimming affects their mental health badly,” she said.
“I see Honey as a symbol of both the problem of having animals in captivity and the problem of what happens when they are put on display.”
Honey was captured from the wild in a controversial annual dolphin hunt off the Japanese town of Taiji. Many dolphins are killed for their meat — and some, like Honey, have been sold to marine parks, like Honey.
The Japan Association of Zoos and Aquariums agreed to stop buying dolphins from the Taiji hunt in 2015.
We all know the premise of Jurassic Park. Humans manage to bring dinosaurs back to life and put them in a park before they escape and wreak all sorts of havoc on the world. Pretty cool idea, but also a pretty scary one.
But you know what would be even scarier? If it wasn’t giant prehistoric reptiles that mankind genetically recreated but giant domestic house cats! OK, so we know it doesn’t sound particularly scary, but just wait until you see the pictures. Forget Jurassic Park, this is Purrassic Park! (h/t: cheezburger)
Don’t recognize it? If you ever had a stuffed animal toy, maybe you should.
2.The Louisiana black bear allegedly inspired an American shopkeeper to make the original teddy bear.
The story goes that way back in 1902 President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt was on a hunting trip in Mississippi. Despite Roosevelt being a famously avid hunter, when his hosts captured and tied up a black bear (intending to give it to him as an easy trophy), Roosevelt refused to shoot the animal, saying it was unsportsmanlike.
The press eventually got hold of this story, and this excellent cartoon was born:
Well, the story goes on to say that the cartoon was seen by a shop owner named Morris Michtom. Now, at this time there were other stuffed bear toys around, but it was apparently Michtom who first called them “Teddy’s bears,” which proved immensely popular and eventually turned into teddy bears.
3. While many subspecies of of black bears are thriving, the Louisiana black bear in particular have been struggling.
There are 16 different subspecies of black bears, and most have been doing well, but the ones in Louisiana haven’t been doing so hot.
Part of this is because while Roosevelt didn’t shoot that captured bear, other Louisiana bear hunts continued on. And it wasn’t just that: As people chopped down the forests, the black bears were losing their homes. This one-two punch dropped the population of Louisiana black bears to under a hundred.
4. But thanks to a lot of people working hard to restore its home, the iconic Louisiana black bear finally has a brighter future ahead.
In the 1992, the government, recognizing the bear’s plight, added the Louisiana black bear to its list of endangered species, granting it special federal protections.
Now, more than two decades later, it’s been declared that the Louisiana black bear population has recovered. So much that they’re going to be removed from the list of federally protected species. A lot of that is thanks to landowners helping to restore the forests the black bears depend on as homes.
5. That’s great news for a true icon! Why so iconic, you ask? Well, they didn’t just give us teddy bears; they were also the inspiration for Winnie-the-Pooh.
Black bears aren’t just great at sports; they’re fashion models too! They can be blueish, brown, cinnamon-colored, or even white. The white ones aren’t albinos, by the way. That’s just what their fur looks like.
10. Some of their relatives, like these sun bears, look a little goofy.
Two sun bears in Viet Nam. Image from Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP/Getty Images.
American black bears are most closely related to the Asian black bear and the Internet meme-inspiring sun bear.
This is the story of flying fox bats, “waving man” inflatables, and an Australian seaside town.
The quaint town of Batemans Bay in New South Wales, Australia has been swamped with over 100,000 grey-headed flying fox bats. After several months of the towns new residents, the infuriated locals are now hoping to get rid of their unwelcome guests through a AUS$6.2 million ($4.5 million) action plan, full of bizarre ideas.
This species of megabat in question has a 1-meter (3.3-foot) wingspan and can grow up to 28 centimeters (11 inches) in height, making them the largest bat in Australia.
Reuters reports that the huge numbers of thisbat are causing power outages, affecting the town’stourism industry, and driving down property prices. On top of this, their loud squawks and bad smell is further adding to their constant nuisance in the town.
New South Wales Environment MinisterMark Speakmantold ABC News, “We’ve had many residents complain, they feel they’re prisoners in their own homes, they can’t go out, they have to have air conditioning on the whole time, windows closed.
He added,”[The circumstances] really amount almost to a state of emergency.”
Part of the problem lies in the fact that these bats are a protected species under numerous conservation acts. The authorities believe the bats have swarmed to this south-eastern coastal holiday town following a heavy flowering of native trees that contain their favorite food, nectar.
However, help is on its way. The local government has released aplan-of-action report. Among their suggestions of how to tackle the problem the report includes using smoke, radar signals, or noise to disturb the bats, as well as spraying trees with an animal deterrent. But most novel of allis the use of “waving man” inflatables to scare off the bats. Yes, wacky waving, inflatable, arm-flailing tube men.
Hi, my name is Evgeny Ches, I’m a graffiti and contemporary artist from Moscow, Russia. I call the technique that I use Cellograffiti, it’s basically painting on the plastic wrap instead of walls or other places.
Here are some paintings that I did of the animals in the forest, I hope you’ll like them!
Vets are warning would-be dog owners to think twice before buying breeds with fashionably “flat-faced” features – because of concerns over their welfare.
Pugs, bulldogs, French bulldogs and shih-tzus have become sought-after in the UK, despite wide-ranging health problems.
Their appeal is attributed to having “squashed” faces and wrinkled noses.
The British Veterinary Association said the surge in popularity of these dogs had “increased animal suffering”.
Sean Wensley, president of the British Veterinary Association (BVA), said: “Prospective owners need to consider that these dogs can suffer from a range of health problems, from eye ulcers to severe breathing difficulties.
“We strongly encourage people to choose a healthier breed or a crossbreed instead.”
The warning has been echoed by the PDSA, the Royal Veterinary College, the RSPCA and the Kennel Club.
Meanwhile, evidence suggests that an increasing number of the dogs – more correctly known as brachycephalic or short-muzzled dogs – are being abandoned by their owners.
Six dog rescue companies told the BBC that the breeds were being given up in greater numbers.
Battersea Dogs Home and Bluecross Animal Rescue received a total of 314 “flat-faced” dogs in 2015, compared to 226 in 2014, an increase of 39%.
Both charities said they were carrying out more surgical procedures to clear the airways of the dogs they brought in – removing obstructive pieces of tissue and widening nostrils.
Steve Gosling, a vet at Battersea Dogs Home, said one of their dogs, Winston the bulldog, was a typical example.
He said: “He’s a lovely little chap, about eight years old. He was left with us by his owners and, like many dogs from this breed, he suffers from what we call brachycephalic obstructed airways syndrome.
“In other words, because he has a really short nose that we’ve bred into him, he has quite serious breathing difficulties.”
Mr Gosling said the charity operates on dogs like Winston “quite regularly” because shortness of breath can be a very distressing condition.
He added: “And we don’t want to re-home animals knowing that we can improve their quality of life.”
A recent survey by the Royal Veterinary College suggests many owners of brachycephalic dogs are not aware of the common underlying health problems.
Caroline Reay, chief vet at Bluecross Animal Hospital in Merton, said: “Most owners – and some vets – think airway noise, and consequently reduced activity, is normal, so the problems are rarely discussed.
“And I think the number of operations we are carrying out is really only the tip of the iceberg”.
The extremely broad head shape seen in in pugs and bulldogs is not a natural look. It developed as a result of intense, selective breeding.
It has led the RSPCA to call for an urgent review of the breed standards, which are decided by the Kennel Club, and specify how every type of dog should look.
Caroline Kisko, the Kennel Club secretary, said: “The breed standards were set many years ago. If you look back through history there are some dire things that went on, and undoubtedly we would accept all responsibility for that.
“But I would say that in the here-and-now, after all of the changes to the standards that were made in 2009, we would expect dogs to be far healthier if they are winning prizes at dogs shows.”
Mrs Kisko said the problems with brachycephalic dogs were being perpetuated in the main by disreputable puppy farms.
She said: “If we continue to allow dogs to be brought in from central and eastern Europe where there is no concern for how these dogs are bred, it is inevitable that pet owners will end up with dogs they can’t deal with.
“These are breeds which aren’t hugely suited to pet homes. If you want a pet that will run around and chase a ball and so on, don’t go out and buy any short-faced breed based on what celebrities are walking around with under their arm.”
This summer the Royal Veterinary College opened the UK’s first specialist clinic to address problems in flat-faced dogs.
More than 12,000 vets and vet nurses have signed an online petition calling for a working party to address the increasing health problems in brachycephalic dogs and cats.
Digested week: When Trump called Omarosa Manigault Newman a dog on Twitter, some still managed to be shocked
The question of how to cover the revelations of Omarosa Manigault Newman, a woman who sorely tests the principle of my enemys enemy is my friend, twisted US journalists into caveat-issuing pretzels this week. She is an unreliable witness with a huge axe to grind; she is, as those who watched her on The Apprentice may recall, highly vindictive. She was also prepared to tolerate Donald Trumps sexism and racism as long as he was paying her salary.
And yet. Watching her this week, it has been hard not to be impressed at some level. Those Trump has savaged have spoken of the sheer terror of being attacked from the worlds most powerful office. The vast majority of them Megyn Kelly, Mika Brzezinski, Khizr Khan didnt go looking for a fight, at least not one that went beyond the boundaries of ordinary political discourse.
Thus, there is something breathtaking about her sheer cheek, not only for bringing the fight but pursuing it to a second and third round. Her actions may be rooted in psychopathic self-interest, but still, you have to hand it to the woman secretly recording John Kelly (and, as it turned out later, Lara Trump), then throwing the recordings in the presidents face, takes much greater nerve than, say, Michael Wolffs humid lurking. It also demonstrates precisely why Manigault Newman should never have been in the Situation Room. The line she pushed in her book, Trumps use of the n-word which if true comes as no surprise; the man could goose-step down Pennsylvania Avenue at this stage and it wouldnt unnerve his base was in some ways the weakest. The real story is the sheer lunacy of a president who would hire someone like her.
Still, when Trump fought back, calling Manigault Newman a dog on Twitter, some still managed to be shocked, possibly because unlike other women he has called dogs, he once professed to be fond of her, and because it reads as a racial slur.
In one of those out-of-body experiences that suggest this administration hasnt been entirely normalised, Sarah Sanders clarified from the briefing room that when the president used dog to describe his ex-staffer, this has absolutely nothing to do with race and everything to do with the president calling out someones lack of integrity the fact is the presidents an equal opportunity person that calls things like he sees it.
In this, at least, Sanders may for once have been speaking the truth. When Gail Collins, the New York Times columnist, poked fun at Trumps wealth (she called him a thousandaire) he sent her a note observing she was a dog and a liar with a face like a pig. He called Kristen Stewart a dog when offering commentary on her relationship with Robert Pattinson (she cheated on him like a dog), and of Arianna Huffington he once said: She is a dog who wrongfully comments on me. He has also called men dogs, among them Mitt Romney (choked like a dog) and NBCs Chuck Todd (fired like a dog). That insults can mean different things depending on to whom they are said bitch falls differently when it is directed at a gay man than at a woman is one of the few subtleties one imagines Trump understands well.
A new subcategory of degree course has sprung up across US universities, in what the Wall Street Journal summarised mid-week as civil discourse the art of talking to people with different political opinions, without either demonising them or taking mortal offence. Courses named argument and inquiry and studies into polarisation are proliferating, not just as an effort to address Trump, but also to heal divisions and bridge ideological divides. The paper quoted a 2017 Knight Foundation survey, which found 61% of students said their place of learning clamped down on what might be regarded as offensive speech, up from 54% the previous year. The new courses also seek to coach students in when to engage and when to walk away from opinions they find offensive. Theres no course in existence that gives counsel on what to do when theres a buffoon at the top.
Celebrations of Madonnas 60th were a shaft of joy in the weeks news. Madge has more than a whiff of Vivienne Westwood about her these days, and her raging against ageism is a reminder of why we loved her in the first place. It was also a reminder of what we talk about when we talk about Madonna. Like most people who have been famous for so long, Madonna is, I often find myself saying, more than likely completely insane. This might very well be true but thats not the point. The point is its an assessment one never makes about Mick Jagger or Rod Stewart.
You can call a woman a dog from the White House, but in the world of childrens publishing, the words one uses to describe women are subject to severe review. I sat down with my daughters to read a new edition of Cinderella this week to find that the ugly sisters have become the bossy sisters because, of course, it is wrong to equate beauty with moral virtue. Sadly, the production team hadnt received the memo that Sheryl Sandberg (among others) has launched a war against the word bossy for discouraging female leadership. Im not sure where that leaves us. I suppose Horrible Sisters might work, but then again, given the entire point of Cinderella is to get married to a prince and settle down for a life of indolent castle-dwelling, the whole female respect thing is a bit like deckchairs on the Titanic.
Auctions proceeds and cash found in 2011 raid of gangsters apartment will be split between the estates of murder victims and three extortion victims
It could have been the final scene of a horror flick or an episode of Hoarders.
You can walk in Whiteys shoes, imagine that? the auctioneer declared, breaking his rhythmic call for a beat and a half, before diving back in, pushing up the bid for a pair of new white, size 9.5 Asics sneakers, while his assistants shrieked and yelped to mark each new offer.
When James Whitey Bulger and his girlfriend Catherine Greig were arrested in Santa Monica on 22 June 2011, they had in their apartment 30 guns and $822,198 cash. Also, as was revealed in the Boston auction Saturday: 10 pairs of white sneakers, a plethora of cat paraphernalia, 27 pairs of used womens sunglasses, a skull ring, a skull belt, a diamond claddagh ring, books about the second world war , books about cowboys, a portrait of a poodle, and a mug shaped like a beady-eyed rat.
Turkish artist Said Dagdeviren makes beautiful art with a message. His recent series, Double Exposure, is of animated animal silhouettes and human activity that damages said animal’s habitat.
“I made these gifs because this is how I feel about our planet,” Dagdeviren told Bored Panda. “Humans are so selfish and they didn’t want to see… animals can’t talk, they can’t tell us how much they hurt. We destroy everything and it’s break my heart so deeply. Maybe my work will touch someone’s hearts and make them realize that we’re not alone in this world. We are connected.”
This is how humans destroy animal habitats…
Bored Panda would like to thank Dagdeviren for the interview
I was inspired by the simplicity of the twitter logo, which was actually created out of 13 circles. I decided to challenge myself and see what other animals I could create as well.
I thought to myself, “Only 13 circles? I doubt most of the animals will even be recognizable…” but surprisingly, I was pretty happy with what turned out. Sometimes I was even happy before I hit 13 circles, and I would “cheat” a little by adding the remaining circles on a sharp corner to simply round it out a little, instead of being forced to change the shape of the animal. But hey.
I’ve sold a few prints. Contact me if you’re interested as well!
Christmas is a hard time for so many creatures, hoomins and non-hoomins alike.
These shelter dogs from the Animal Rescue League of Iowa had the time of their lives, however, when staff members allowed them to select a special Christmas toy from underneath the shelter’s Tree of Life.” The shelter sets up the tree every year to help benefit the animals.
Almost every kid is familiar with The Jungle Book . The book was made into an animated film, then a recent live-action one, showcasing the wonder of a child in the wilderness, left to fend for himself.
Her mom shared how difficult it was. We didn’t have room for a dog in our flat, so we got a budgie instead. It would go everywhere with her, even on the train, flying right by her side, sitting on her head or falling asleep on her shoulder. She loved that little bird so much. He was the only friend she had.
(CNN)A group of 13 dinosaurs that died in a mud pit in China has yielded an unprecedented discovery.
The 154 million-year-old limusaurus had tiny, sharp teeth as a hatchling that it gradually lost as it grew up, according to new research published in the journal Current Biology on Thursday.
The finding is a first for the fossil record and may shed light on why birds have beaks and not teeth.
The group ranged from babies to adults and showed a pattern of tooth loss over time. The fossilized skeletons were found in mysterious death pits in Xinjiang in the far west of China.
“At first we thought they were different dinosaurs — one with teeth and one without and we started to study them separately,” said Wang Shuo, a co-author of the study and an evolutionary biologist at Capital Normal University in Beijing.
“But they were largely identical and we found solid evidence that teeth were lost. There were empty tooth sockets in their jaw bones,” he added.