Animals Archive
10 December 2014, 01:45 AM ET
Squirrels are highly excitable creatures, but new research indicates that stress is actually good for their babies.
09 December 2014, 10:30 PM ET
Thick plates protected this massive dinosaur from predators.
09 December 2014, 07:14 PM ET
An international partnership called the Central African Biodiversity Alliance (CABA) has begun creating a "framework" to conserve thousands of species in the Congo Basin.
09 December 2014, 03:04 PM ET
A bizarre fossil found in China looks like a bird's nest but is actually the remains of an animal shaped like a spiny balloon. The creature appears to have no living evolutionary descendants.
09 December 2014, 02:57 PM ET
How much do you know about creepy and crawly spiders?
09 December 2014, 01:48 PM ET
In central Africa, one of the world’s richest biological hotspots, an international group of scientists is working to preserve biodiversity as the climate warms.
09 December 2014, 01:00 PM ET
The world's most endangered porpoise could go extinct in four or five years if the Mexican government doesn't step up enforcement against illegal fishing.
09 December 2014, 01:00 PM ET
Illegal gillnet fishing in the Gulf of California is driving the vaquita, a tiny, critically endangered and elusive porpoise, to extinction.
09 December 2014, 12:28 PM ET
Inbreeding, poaching, a lack of herders and climate change are contributing to the iconic animal's decline.
09 December 2014, 12:06 AM ET
Research has shown that squirrels exposed to stress hormones grow larger faster, improving survival chances.
08 December 2014, 09:46 PM ET
Stegosaurus' distinctive features make it one of the most recognizable dinosaurs.
08 December 2014, 03:00 PM ET
X-ray video and high-tech computer simulations of a modern bird making tracks reveal the secrets of dinosaur footprint formation.
08 December 2014, 10:01 AM ET
Measurements of bone movement on x-ray video taken as guineafowl made footprints shows how dinosaurs may have walked 250 million years ago.
05 December 2014, 09:10 PM ET
Pandas romp in a range of environments, not just one type of forest.
05 December 2014, 08:39 PM ET
Pandas are not as picky as once thought.
05 December 2014, 07:00 PM ET
A great horned owl went for an unexpected swim in Lake Michigan this week, after two peregrine falcons forced it into the water, according to Chicago birders who saw the territorial skirmish firsthand.
05 December 2014, 12:09 AM ET
Scientists have discovered that electric eels use shocks to “remote control” their prey, causing involuntary spasms that reveal the target’s location and prevent its escape.
04 December 2014, 05:58 PM ET
The panda, whose behavior is being studied, was caught munching on some bamboo at the Wolong Nature Reserve in southwestern China.
04 December 2014, 04:34 PM ET
Tommy the chimpanzee was denied a writ of habeas corpus and will not be recognized as a legal person by a New York state appeals court.
04 December 2014, 03:07 PM ET
While it may seem like pufferfish hold their breath as they inflate, they can actually breathe as they puff up. But this trick may actually tire pufferfish out and put them at risk of being eaten once they've deflated, a new study finds.
04 December 2014, 08:33 AM ET
A large electric eel captures a fish during its high-voltage discharge. Sound comes from a loudspeaker wired to electrodes in the water, which pick up the eel’s discharge.
03 December 2014, 01:36 PM ET
Its distinctive mating call helps scientists distinguish the creature from already known frogs with which it was often confused.
03 December 2014, 07:07 AM ET
Just as lingerie turns on human males, tiny jackets do the same for male rats, a new study finds.
02 December 2014, 08:30 PM ET
Here's how to engineer a mosquito-free environment, and what to do if these annoying insects do bite.
02 December 2014, 05:06 PM ET
Scientists record signals from a rat’s brain while the animal runs on a treadmill in virtual reality.
01 December 2014, 10:20 PM ET
Corn snakes are nonvenomous snakes found primarily in the southeastern United States. They are popular as pets, and selective breeding has produced many varieties, or morphs.
30 November 2014, 09:47 AM ET
Dung beetle sex involves short breeding periods, intense competition and, of course, poo.
28 November 2014, 06:29 PM ET
Despite living as long as 45 years, porbeagle sharks are at risk of being hunted to extinction.
27 November 2014, 06:07 AM ET
More than 8,000 shark teeth that date back millions of years have been found on Banks Island, in the Canadian Arctic.
26 November 2014, 11:44 PM ET
They're the largest cat species that regularly climbs trees.
26 November 2014, 01:13 PM ET
We know that a wishbone grants wishes, but what does it do for the turkey? From the wishbone to the wings, there is more to the physiology of Thanksgiving's central bird than how it tastes.
26 November 2014, 12:00 PM ET
Dogs process the emotional and semantic context of words in separate parts of the brain, just like humans, suggesting they understand both words and the emotion behind them.