Animals Archive
19 May 2014, 03:00 PM ET
Exposure to certain tastes can lengthen or shorten the life spans of fruit flies, leading researchers to wonder whether taste buds also affect human longevity. An inability to taste nutrients might lead to life-lengthening adaptations.
19 May 2014, 01:36 PM ET
Scientists discovered the bones of seven huge dinosaurs that each weighed more than a dozen elephants and had femurs bigger than a human adult. Found in Argentina, the beasts may represent one of the biggest dinosaur species known to science.
19 May 2014, 01:35 PM ET
An elusive, nocturnal snake has been rediscovered on an island off Mexico, after nearly 80 years. The snake's dark, spotted skin blends into its lava rock habitat.
19 May 2014, 12:16 PM ET
Visitors to Jennette's Pier in Nags Head, North Carolina, were shocked last week when an evil-looking fanged fish washed up alive on the shore. The monstrous fish has been identified as a long-snouted lancetfish, a species rarely seen on coasts.
19 May 2014, 11:37 AM ET
The bones of seven huge dinosaurs that each weighed more than a dozen elephants and had femurs bigger than a human adult have been discovered in Argentina, scientists announced.
16 May 2014, 02:49 PM ET
Commercially hunted for generations, the last remaining North Atlantic right whales may now face further danger from seismic surveys.
16 May 2014, 02:18 PM ET
In an effort to develop new sensor technologies for the U.S. military, researchers from DARPA's Quantum Effects in Biological Environments program recently conducted a study investigating how birds navigate using their internal magnetic compasses.
16 May 2014, 10:19 AM ET
A newly reformed "tree of life" for anemones revealed an errant branch: It turns out that one of the creatures classified as an anemone is actually the first discovered in a new order of animals, the equivalent of the first member of primates.
16 May 2014, 07:08 AM ET
A new study finds that certain dogs, just like certain humans, carry a gene mutation that causes albinism — a condition that results in little or no pigment in the eyes, skin and hair.
16 May 2014, 01:51 AM ET
The ongoing collapse of shark populations has already had far-reaching effects on marine ecosystems. To arrest this trend we need scientific data that effectively inform conservation management. But are we focusing our research effort in the right areas?
15 May 2014, 12:00 PM ET
Octopuses are not in complete control of their arms, but evolution has devised a clever and simple way to prevent them from getting tied in knots: Something in their skin prevents their own suckers from grabbing on.
15 May 2014, 11:45 AM ET
An octopus handling its own freshly amputated arm holds it gingerly and avoids grasping the skin, while an octopus handling another octopus' arm grasps the skin easily.
15 May 2014, 10:47 AM ET
In a chance discovery, scientists found the first images of a dead whale shark and three dead rays on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Though "fish falls" are common, it's very rare for scientists to find these sunken carcasses.
15 May 2014, 10:16 AM ET
The amazing diversity of sea anemone, stationary animals that typically live on the seafloor or coral reefs and are related to corals and jellyfish, comes to light in stunning images.
14 May 2014, 06:11 PM ET
Elephant seals have surprisingly high levels of naturally produced carbon monoxide in their blood — roughly comparable to the amount of carbon monoxide found in the blood of people who smoke 40 or more cigarettes each day, a new study finds.
14 May 2014, 06:00 PM ET
Sharks are known for their speed and agility under the waves, but how their jagged skin enables these feats has long mystified scientists.
14 May 2014, 06:00 PM ET
Researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, are investigating why elephant seals have high levels of carbon monoxide in their blood.
14 May 2014, 05:00 PM ET
A new long-necked dinosaur discovered in Patagonia is the first of its kind found in South America. It's also one of the last survivors of its family, and possibly the smallest.
14 May 2014, 04:06 PM ET
According to the National Climate Assessment, oceans currently absorb about a quarter of human-caused carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere, leading to ocean acidification that will alter marine ecosystems in dramatic yet uncertain ways.
14 May 2014, 01:28 AM ET
Canada's trade in polar bear skins is driving international concern, and scrutiny.
14 May 2014, 01:16 AM ET
A bloom of new jellyfish started appearing in the Gulf of Venice last autumn.
13 May 2014, 07:06 PM ET
Jellyfish that cause an unpleasant and sometimes fatal illness can be predicted, new research finds. The results could lead to the closing of beaches during times when winds allow more jellies to float near shore.
13 May 2014, 07:01 PM ET
Petrified giant sperm found in small 16-million-year-old organisms called ostracods are the oldest sperm preserved in rock. In many cases, the sperm are longer than the body size of the organisms that created them.
13 May 2014, 07:01 PM ET
Giant sperm preserved in rock in Australia is the oldest of its kind. The sperm belongs to a mussel-like creature, and the new discovery reveals a reproductive strategy reliant on oddly huge components that has been unchanged for millions of years.
13 May 2014, 06:38 PM ET
A small, toothy fish, which researchers say resembles the terrifying creature from the movie 'Alien,' is turning out to be a big mystery for the scientists who study it.
13 May 2014, 06:17 PM ET
Kryptoglanis shajii, a tiny, subterranean catfish is baffling researchers, who can't seem to classify the species thanks to its strange skeletal characteristics.
13 May 2014, 08:14 AM ET
Fallen logs and wooden remnants of old shipwrecks promote hotspots of life in the otherwise empty deep seafloor.
13 May 2014, 08:07 AM ET
Sunken dead trees and wooden debris are rare food sources in the otherwise empty abyss of the deep seafloor. Now, a new study shows how this debris becomes home to thousands of squirming sea creatures.
13 May 2014, 07:43 AM ET
Since humans first domesticated cats and dogs, these furry friends have taken on increasingly important roles in people's lives. Now, a growing movement aims to recognize Fido and Felix not just as pets, but also as legal citizens.
13 May 2014, 01:19 AM ET
A genetic modification that creates male-only populations could give us a new weapon against invasive fish such as carp that plague our waterways.
13 May 2014, 12:00 AM ET
Cats and dogs can get infected with MRSA bacteria — a type of staph bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics — that is genetically similar to the type of MRSA that occurs in humans.
12 May 2014, 04:32 PM ET
Captive gorillas display fewer stress-related behaviors in response to rainforest sounds.