Animals Archive
04 June 2014, 07:00 PM ET
Loud little frogs in Taiwan get a boost from manmade structures by issuing their mating calls from open concrete drains, new research finds. The drains are unlike anything in the frogs' natural environment, but they use them anyway.
04 June 2014, 05:00 PM ET
A complete fossil skull of an 11-million-year-old worm lizard reveals that these bizarre creatures have evolved little from that time to today. Researchers used high-tech imaging to study the miniscule skull.
04 June 2014, 03:12 PM ET
California brown pelicans almost completely failed to breed at their nesting sites in Mexico this year.
04 June 2014, 08:43 AM ET
Deep-sea fish capture more than a million tons of carbon dioxide from U.K. and Irish surface waters each year, a new study found.
03 June 2014, 09:22 PM ET
A Virginia man who pleaded guilty to charges of dinosaur fossil smuggling has been sentenced to three months in federal prison, a sentence intended to deter the sale of fossils taken illegally from their countries of origin.
03 June 2014, 07:01 PM ET
A new study suggests that humans were mostly to blame for the extinction of large mammals such as the woolly mammoth, though controversy over the cause of the global loss of megafauna will likely continue.
03 June 2014, 07:01 PM ET
Koala bears cling to tree trunks in order to cool off on hot summer days, reducing how much they have to pant and saving precious water, new research finds.
03 June 2014, 07:01 PM ET
Koala bears cling to tree trunks in order to cool off on hot summer days, reducing how much they have to pant and saving precious water, new research finds.
03 June 2014, 02:52 PM ET
Camels are mammals with long legs, a big-lipped snout and a humped back. There are two types of camels: dromedary camels, which have one hump, and Bactrian camels, which have two humps.
03 June 2014, 10:20 AM ET
A stick insect camouflaged in the forests of southern China got its cover blown last month by a flashlight-toting scientist who identified the critter as a new species.
02 June 2014, 02:49 PM ET
Scientists have discovered a new type of extinct croc in South America. At 16 feet (4.8 meters) long and 900 lbs. (408 kilograms), it ate turtles and battled with monster snakes.
02 June 2014, 01:22 AM ET
Unlike most barnacles that are happy to simply stick themselves to a rock and filter food from the water, Sacculina and its kin have evolved to be parasitic, and they are horrifyingly good at it.
30 May 2014, 05:18 PM ET
The oldest known evidence of Lyme disease may lie in ticks that were entombed in amber at least 15 million years ago, scientists announced.
30 May 2014, 04:10 PM ET
In the grasslands and floodplains of southern Africa, conservationists found a 300-mile (500 kilometers) zebra migration — the longest known trek of any land mammal on the continent.
29 May 2014, 06:37 PM ET
Jellyfish mating involves courtship dances, swamps of reproductive material and buds, or tiny clonal outgrowths.
29 May 2014, 03:57 PM ET
The Humane Society of the United States has cleared a construction site in Apopka, Florida where a population of the the burrowing tortoises were found. They would have been buried alive if the Humane Society did not intervene.
29 May 2014, 11:57 AM ET
Many animals camouflage themselves to avoid being eaten by predators, but few are as strange as a spider that disguises itself as bird poop.
29 May 2014, 10:30 AM ET
Orb-web spiders use their body color and web decorations to masquerade as bird droppings to avoid predators.
28 May 2014, 05:00 PM ET
Muskellunges, the biggest freshwater fish in North America, are easier to catch during the full and new moons, likely because they have different feeding habits then.
28 May 2014, 05:00 PM ET
Female scorpions are more aggressive because their extra weight makes it difficult to sprint quickly, new research suggests
28 May 2014, 02:56 PM ET
There are more than 260 known species of monkeys in the world.
28 May 2014, 01:29 PM ET
Firefighters from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge rescued five wolf pups from an abandoned den while battling the Funny River Fire.
28 May 2014, 10:30 AM ET
Dozens of nearly complete skeletons of prehistoric marine reptiles have been uncovered near a melting glacier in southern Chile.
28 May 2014, 10:29 AM ET
Dozens of nearly complete fossils of marine reptiles known as ichthyosaurs were found in sedimentary rock near the Tyndall glacier in southern Chile.
28 May 2014, 08:46 AM ET
The British Virgin Islands recently became the third Caribbean territory to declare its waters a safe haven for sharks. The decision to establish a shark sanctuary bans shark fishing throughout the territory.
28 May 2014, 03:59 AM ET
Handcuffs, spikes and traps – you would think they were part of some bondage aficionado’s bedroom collection. But what are they doing in the insect world?
27 May 2014, 10:24 PM ET
As of this week, 150 million acres of Amazon rainforest are now safe.
27 May 2014, 07:08 PM ET
A new fossil of a bird with stomach full of pollen suggests bird pollination began as early as 47 million years ago, pushing back the onset of ornithophily, or bird pollination, by about 17 million years, researchers say.
27 May 2014, 03:29 PM ET
Newly realized Zebra migration breaks mammal record, spanning five nations.
27 May 2014, 12:25 PM ET
"Dog people" and "cat people" really do have different personalities, according to a new study.
27 May 2014, 11:42 AM ET
The World Wildlife Fund, Namibia’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism and Elephants Without Borders has collared 8 zebras to track their movements across Africa, information critical to conservation.
27 May 2014, 11:31 AM ET
The flight habits of birds, bats and insects could inspire new designs of flying robots, say scientists who are using nature as a guide for developing innovative drone technologies.