Animals Archive
09 July 2015, 02:00 PM ET
Bumblebees are some of the world's best pollinators, working harder, longer and on more species than other bees, but their habitat is endangered by climate change.
09 July 2015, 01:10 PM ET
Pitcher plants that "eat" bat poop have come up with a unique way to attract their meal tickets, new research finds: The plants are shaped to stand out against a bat's echolocation cries.
09 July 2015, 12:14 PM ET
The Pitcher plant (N. hemsleyana) structure reflects ultrasonic calls from insectivorous bats (Kerivoula hardwicki) and "relatively cool place to roost." The bats leave dropping behind providing a fertilizer for the plants.
09 July 2015, 11:09 AM ET
Climate change is making more southerly locales too hot for bumblebees to survive, but they are not spreading north as the climate warms. That could spell trouble for many crops, which require the pollinators to produce fruits and veggies.
09 July 2015, 09:02 AM ET
Resistance is futile — scientists are now one step closer to the Borg of "Star Trek," wiring brains together into "brainets" that can solve problems as teams, new experiments with monkeys and rats suggest.
09 July 2015, 06:53 AM ET
Researchers from across the globe recently teamed up to accomplish what might seem like an impossible (and scary) task: counting as many of the ocean's sharks as possible.
08 July 2015, 02:00 PM ET
A renowned fossil hunter in Alberta discovered the new species Wendiceratops pinhornensis, a dinosaur that lived about 13 million years before its famous relative, Triceratops, during the Late Cretaceous period.
08 July 2015, 02:00 PM ET
The 79-million-year-old bones of four pickup truck-size horned dinosaurs have been unearthed in Alberta, Canada, and the discovery reveals how the distant relatives of Triceratops got their horns, a new study finds.
08 July 2015, 10:37 AM ET
An ancient Native American grave in Illinois bore the body of a young bobcat, suggesting the ancient people raised the orphan kitty and buried it with love.
08 July 2015, 09:14 AM ET
Scientists have evidence that a mass extinction killed up to about 80 percent of all land vertebrates about 260 million years ago. This catastrophic die-off coincided with the onset of volcanism in what is now southern China.
08 July 2015, 07:13 AM ET
An anxious temperament is inherited via overactive brain regions passed down by mom and dad. But there's room for experience and the environment to help soothe an anxious mind.
08 July 2015, 07:03 AM ET
Hundreds of millions of years ago, marine animals swam in a vast ocean near the supercontinent of Gondwana. Now, these creatures' fossils litter the rocky desert of southeastern Morocco.
08 July 2015, 07:02 AM ET
Morocco's vast, rocky deserts were once covered with oceans teeming with life during the Ordovician Period. These stunning animals, now fossilized, would be unknown were it not for the work of a Moroccan fossil collector and a broke graduate student.
07 July 2015, 07:05 PM ET
Spider sex just got a little more interesting. Researchers now find that the spider equivalent of the penis isn't numb like once believed; it's filled with nerves that might help the spider ensure fertilization.
07 July 2015, 02:10 AM ET
Can unique and rare American livestock be saved from extinction?
07 July 2015, 01:14 AM ET
American livestock were once diverse and unique, but no longer — can a new IVF effort save some of the rarest remaining herds before they fade away?
06 July 2015, 03:21 PM ET
An occasional dolphin kill won't be enough to sustain polar bears as global climate continues to warm.
06 July 2015, 10:17 AM ET
Spiders can dance on water like tiny ballerinas pirouetting across a slippery stage.
06 July 2015, 10:13 AM ET
You probably already knew that spiders are extraordinary creatures when they're on land. But a new study finds that these critters are also quite remarkable when they're on the water.
02 July 2015, 11:25 PM ET
The majestic vulture is on the decline across the globe, and if they fade, what will happen to the carrion they clear from the Earth?
02 July 2015, 03:41 PM ET
Fourth of July weekend is a popular time to hit the beach, but this year, vacationers may not be the only ones swarming the waters off North Carolina.
02 July 2015, 02:00 PM ET
Slinky snake robots could get a better grip when climbing, thanks to new research on how a seahorse's tail works, according to a new study.
02 July 2015, 12:00 PM ET
The woolly mammoth's genome has been sequenced, revealing several key adaptations to the cold that could help scientists design elephant-mammoth hybrids.
02 July 2015, 10:27 AM ET
New photographs of deep-sea creatures could hold the key to helping predict climate change.
02 July 2015, 10:22 AM ET
See the vibrant creatures who dwell on the Arctic Ocean seafloor.
02 July 2015, 10:15 AM ET
Despite their reputation as wildlife killers, cats seem to stick to urban and residential areas, while coyotes prowl wilder spaces, research finds.
02 July 2015, 06:52 AM ET
Coastal seabirds can fly over large swaths of ocean for days on end, not stopping until they reach their favorite feeding spot. Scientists have long wondered how these birds manage to find their way home.
01 July 2015, 06:29 PM ET
A goldfish meant to be a light snack for one the world's largest freshwater fish has lived undetected in the same tank with its predator for seven years.
01 July 2015, 05:36 PM ET
Like cast members on a distasteful reality show, Portuguese man-of-war "jellyfish" are descending upon the Jersey Shore in increasing numbers.
01 July 2015, 02:29 PM ET
About 48 million years ago, a distant relative of the "Jesus lizard," named for its knack for walking on water, darted around the tropical rainforests of ancient Wyoming, a new study finds.
01 July 2015, 02:25 PM ET
The 48-million-year-old skull of an ancient Jesus lizard relative found in Wyoming may shed light on the evolutionary history of lizards, iguanas and chameleons, a new study finds.
30 June 2015, 01:02 PM ET
Deep beneath the surface of the Earth, in a dank and dismal cave, lives Hades, the invertebrate king of hell.