Animals Archive
07 August 2014, 11:20 AM ET
Preventing shark attacks doesn't require culling sharks. A new study finds that a shark catch-and-release program in Brazil dramatically decreased, by 97%, the number of attacks on humans.
07 August 2014, 08:01 AM ET
It's not every day that scientists identify a new mammal — especially one that can grow to be more than 8 feet (2.4 meters) long. But researchers recently named a new species of cetacean: the Australian humpback dolphin, Sousa sahulensis.
07 August 2014, 02:48 AM ET
With no small amount of irony, the tables have turned with research discovering that we need whales for a healthy marine ecosystem, or at least their poop.
06 August 2014, 01:41 PM ET
In the "twilight zone" of the deep ocean, strange glowing sharks have evolved eyes that are adapted for seeing complex patterns of light in the dark, new research reveals.
05 August 2014, 07:02 PM ET
The barrel jellyfish, isn't just the largest jelly found in the waters around the United Kingdom, it's also one of the animal kingdom's most strategic searchers, according to a new study.
05 August 2014, 07:01 PM ET
Fossils from a fox-sized dinosaur have been discovered in what is now Venezuela. The dinosaur remains suggest these beasts lived in herds and that they advanced quickly across the globe after a mass extinction.
05 August 2014, 07:01 PM ET
The new two-legged dinosaur, which lived about 200 million years ago, suggests dinosaurs lived in herds and that the beasts advanced quickly across the globe after a mass extinction claimed at least half of all species on Earth, researchers say.
05 August 2014, 02:03 PM ET
The coyote is a clever animal that has adapted well to growing human populations and habitat loss.
05 August 2014, 01:28 PM ET
A couple of surfers off the northeast coast of England had a close encounter of the adorable kind, when a curious young seal paid them an unusual visit.
05 August 2014, 01:23 PM ET
Scientists recently found a new hotspot for juvenile whale sharks in the Red Sea that could offer clues about their life history.
05 August 2014, 01:01 PM ET
Horses use a cocked head, perked ears and eyes to communicate, new research suggests.
05 August 2014, 12:24 PM ET
Bobcats and lynx are cats that have stubby tails and ears topped with furry black tufts.
04 August 2014, 11:48 AM ET
The platypus is one of the most unusual creatures in the animal kingdom. It looks like it was put together from parts of other animals; females lay eggs, and males are venomous.
03 August 2014, 09:29 AM ET
To save bonobos, science must first get into the minds of those responsible for determining the animals' fate.
02 August 2014, 12:24 PM ET
Porcupine mating involves short periods of fertility, urinary ejaculation and vicious battles between males. In the end the female controls how things play out, and, yes, she must lay down her quills so a male can safely mount her.
01 August 2014, 03:16 PM ET
A family of long-legged shorebirds adopted a fuzzy baby duckling in California's San Francisco Bay.
01 August 2014, 02:31 PM ET
An invasion is afoot along beaches from Oregon to California: Millions of glassy purple, jellyfish-like sea creatures that look like sailboats have been washing ashore.
01 August 2014, 12:57 PM ET
Red-footed tortoises have learned how to use the device in exchange for a strawberry, a new study reports. Researchers taught the tortoises a few touch-screen basics in order to learn about the animals' navigational techniques.
01 August 2014, 12:11 PM ET
They are solitary creatures that live about 7 to 12 years in the wild.
31 July 2014, 08:02 PM ET
Scientists have rendered a once-furry mouse transparent, its brain, guts and all. Here's a look at the beauty beneath the rodent's skin.
31 July 2014, 07:52 PM ET
Theories explaining the forked tongues of snakes have been around for thousands of years.
31 July 2014, 05:39 PM ET
Scientists are still assessing the damage to coral communities from the catastrophic 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil in the Gulf of Mexico.
31 July 2014, 03:16 PM ET
The U.S. Geological Survey plans to map the continental shelf off the East Coast using acoustics, but some environmentalists say marine mammals might be at risk.
31 July 2014, 02:21 PM ET
Rams are male bighorn sheep. They have long, curved horns that they use to fight for dominance.
31 July 2014, 02:01 PM ET
Miniaturization over 50 million years may have allowed birds to survive and evolve from their dinosaur relatives. In essence, bird ancestors out-shrank and out-evolved their dinosaur relatives to survive where these giant, less evolvable beasts couldn't.
31 July 2014, 11:59 AM ET
Buffalo are large bovines that live in Africa and Asia. They are related to American bison, but they are different animals.
31 July 2014, 10:21 AM ET
Arms into feathered wings; bones hollowing out; morphology minimizing: The lineage of modern day birds includes the Tyrannosaurus and the Velociraptor, dating back over 50 million years.
30 July 2014, 08:22 PM ET
A recent study investigates the relationship between stress hormones and parental care in the banded mongoose.
30 July 2014, 05:23 PM ET
In a new case report, scientists detail a gruesome anteater attack that left one man dead in northwestern Brazil. While such incidents are rare, the attack should serve as a warning to hunters and others who share the same turf as anteaters.
30 July 2014, 04:04 PM ET
Bears are omnivorous mammals found all over the world. There are eight species, and most of them are endangered.
30 July 2014, 02:38 PM ET
In this test of spatial cognition, red-footed tortoises presented with shapes in varying positions were rewarded with bits of strawberry when they touched the targets.
30 July 2014, 02:00 PM ET
For 53 months, scientists watched a female octopus in the deep sea vigilantly guard a single clutch of eggs until they hatched. This was the longest brooding period scientists have ever observed — not just for octopuses, but also for all animals.