Evolutionary biologist and best-selling author Richard Dawkins has had a new genus of fish in Sri Lanka named after him after a researcher credited the British atheist for his "rational explanations" of the universe.
The fish, which had been previously classified under the genus Puntius before given their own distinction, were identified by lead researcher Rohan Pethiyagoda, an ichthyologist and internationally acclaimed conservationist. The sea animals in question are found only in South Asia, and have distinctive long filaments that trail from the dorsal fins of males.
"Richard Dawkins has through his writings helped us understand that the universe is far more beautiful and awe-inspiring than any religion has imagined," Pethiyagoda expressed on Monday. more >>
The last of the Pinta Island tortoises Lonesome George died on Sunday.
Staff the Galapagos Park in Ecuador believe the giant tortoise was about 100 years old, and they are currently investigating the cause of death.
Lonesome George, known as the rarest creature in the world, did not have any offspring and no known individuals from his subspecies are left. more >>
One of the most elusive creatures of the deep ocean was found floating on the surface off the coast of southeastern Australia.
The chance encounter was afforded to a fishing columnist with the Australian publication the Daily Telegraph.
Al McGlashan, author of The Fishing Bible and an avid fisherman, was amazed that he happened to see the giant squid which has long been part of fishing lore. more >>
Pastor Ed Young of Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas, is leading a controversial sermon series called "Wild" which uses live animals, including lions, as part of his presentation.
A video from an observer shows the megachurch pastor preaching at an Easter Sunday open-roof sermon holding a lamb before the congregation, while a lion inside a cage stands next to the stage. The video shows a handler walking around the cage trying to get the animal's attention, and the lion responding by bustling around the small enclosure before the curious onlookers.
Pastor Young's "Wild" sermon series also includes other exotic animals like giraffes and elephants, local television news station WFAA reported. The "Wild" series is part of Fellowship Church's initiative to teach children about animals and their role in God's creation. According to Young, God's use of a lion and a lamb are meant to demonstrate Jesus Christ's role as both animals, as the Bible refers to Jesus as the "lamb of God" as well as the "Lion of the Tribe of Judah." more >>
A woman who immigrated to Israel to help preserve the Canaan dog, an Israeli breed believed to have made multiple appearances in the Bible, is now at risk of losing her home, and her kennel, due to a lawsuit filed by the Israel Lands Authority.
Sha'ar Hagai Kennels was started by Myrna Shiboleth about 42 years ago when she moved into an isolated, abandoned building in Israel and renovated it to make it suitable for both her and the dogs.
Shiboleth told The Christian Post via email on Friday that people in Israel generally object to having kennels inside settlements, so she decided to live on the outskirts. The building she moved into was originally thought to be owned by Mekorot, the Israel water company that she paid her rent to for years, but she eventually found out the land was actually the property of the Israel Lands Authority (ILA). more >>
New York City's Grand Central Station has agreed to host a replica of the world's largest snake to ever live - the titanoboa.
The 48-foot-long, 2,500-pound replica is about the size of a school bus, and arrives at the commuter hub Thursday. The reptile display is a part of the promotion of the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
Smithsonian spokesperson Randall Kremer said the titanoboa will "scare the daylights out of people" as part of an effort to "communicate science to a lot of people." more >>