Detroit Animal care and Control hosts ‘Dog Days of Summer’ adoption event

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DETROIT – Nearly 50 dogs found new homes on Friday.

Now Detroit Animal Care and Control hopes another dozen will find new families on Saturday.

“Right now what we’re seeing is the pandemic baby boom of dogs,” said Mark Kumpf, director of Detroit Animal Care and Control.

That means shelters are at capacity.

“That litter has nowhere to go but here,” said Kumpf.

During the pandemic when many veterinarian offices were closed Detroit Animal Care and Control spayed and neutered more than 2,000 animals.

“All the shelters are full this isn’t just us it’s Michigan Humane, Anti Cruelty Society all

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BRAUN: Illegal feeding of wild animals puts coyote’s life in jeopardy

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Providing an easy meal erodes wild animals’ natural fear of humans

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Residents of a Scarborough neighbourhood are fearful of a coyote in their midst.

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As local media reported last week, a small

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Sponge-like fossil could be Earth’s earliest known animal

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Black horny sponge among rocks covered in multicoloured organisms, and blue water.

A black horny sponge (Scalarispongia scalaris) growing off the coast of France. Some types of horny sponge are today harvested for bath sponges.Credit: Biosphoto/Alamy

Most major groups of animals — including arthropods, molluscs and worms — first appear in the fossil record during the Cambrian explosion, 541 million years ago. But according to a paper published today in Nature1, sponge fossils from northwestern Canada could be 350 million years older, significantly pushing back the date of Earth’s earliest-known animals.

The ancient discovery is igniting debate among palaeontologists, who have long contested when complex animal life

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Why Animals Recognize Numbers But Only Humans Can Do Math

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Counting feels utterly effortless to adults, who are unlikely to even remember when or how they picked up this useful, apparently automatic skill. Yet when you think about it, counting is a remarkable invention. It helped early humans to trade, apportion food and organise fledgling civilisations, laying the foundations for life as we know it today.

But a sensitivity for numbers isn’t uniquely human. Tiny

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890-million-year-old sponge fossil may be the earliest animal yet found

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Relatives of the humble sea sponge have filtered Earth’s waters for hundreds of millions of years or more, long before the first plants took to land. Their simplicity has led scientists to suggest sponges were the earliest animals to arise on our planet. But exactly when that happened remains under debate.

Now, a study published in the journal Nature suggests that mesh-like structures in an ancient reef may be 890-million-year-old sponges. If confirmed, the fossil sponges, found in the “Little Dal” limestones in northwest Canada, would predate the earliest undisputed fossils of any animal by more than 300 million

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