Animals Archive
01 October 2014, 08:43 AM ET
Areas contaminated with anthrax lure grazing animals like zebras, which could lead to new rounds of infections. Anthrax-infected carcasses might release more nutrients into the soil than other carcasses, making the sites attractive to grazers.
01 October 2014, 08:23 AM ET
Brilliant shades of blue and aqua coat the iridescent lips of giant clams, but these shiny cells aren't just for show, new research finds. The iridescent sheen directs beams of sunlight into the interior of the clam, providing light for algae inside.
01 October 2014, 08:17 AM ET
New research reveals that zebras, wildebeest and other wildlife are lured to sites contaminated by anthrax bacterium, possibly aiding in the spread of the infectious disease.
30 September 2014, 07:24 PM ET
This endangered animal is the largest of the great apes.
30 September 2014, 05:01 PM ET
The number of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish on Earth dropped by 52 percent from 1970 to 2010, according to the World Wildlife Fund's newly released Living Planet Report.
30 September 2014, 02:10 PM ET
When dinosaurs evolved into birds, they adapted their bones in order to take flight. Now, a new study explains how the nine bones of the dinosaur wrist turned into four bones in modern birds.
30 September 2014, 02:02 PM ET
Scientists may have recorded chimpanzees learning skills from each other in the wild for the first time, according to a new study.
30 September 2014, 01:22 PM ET
New research reveals how dinosaur arms evolved into the wrists of modern birds. Dinosaurs had to alter their very bone structure as they evolved to become flying birds.
30 September 2014, 11:11 AM ET
Every evening, sunset signals the start of dinner for billions of wiggling sea monkeys living in the ocean. As these sea monkeys swarm to the surface, they may contribute as much power to ocean currents as the wind and tides do, a new study reports.
30 September 2014, 10:34 AM ET
In a study of how zooplankton migration affects ocean currents, sea monkeys were subjected to a bright laser light and they collectively followed the brightest spots.
30 September 2014, 07:22 AM ET
Dolphins can now add magnetic sense to their already impressive resume of abilities, new research suggests.
29 September 2014, 08:54 PM ET
They may be tiny, but they can take down a venomous scorpion!
29 September 2014, 01:58 PM ET
Octopuses, with their underwater dexterity and camouflage abilities, have inspired much technological innovation. Here are some novel technologies that have been created based on the sea creature.
29 September 2014, 08:38 AM ET
In the American Southwest, where man has continued to build his homes farther from the center of established cities, the urban bobcat has become a common subdivision neighbor.
26 September 2014, 07:56 AM ET
Fossilized, primitive amphibians with odd-looking appendages, some with extra toes and deformed shapes, suggest the ability of some vertebrates to regenerate or regrow amputated limbs first evolved at least 300 million years ago.
26 September 2014, 01:13 AM ET
Where they live, what they eat and conservation measures.
25 September 2014, 06:56 PM ET
These endangered beasts are the largest land animals on Earth.
25 September 2014, 12:00 PM ET
Birds didn't evolve in one fell swoop from their dinosaur ancestors, suggests a newly constructed dinosaur family tree showing our feathery friends evolved very gradually, at first.
24 September 2014, 07:09 PM ET
An amazing video from the Florida Keys shows a curious domestic cat nearly become a midnight snack for an American alligator.
24 September 2014, 05:35 PM ET
They're one of the greatest endangered species success stories.
24 September 2014, 03:46 PM ET
The camera trap video shows a curious domestic cat about to get a huge surprise. A Florida alligator nearly catches the feline in its fearsome jaws. Alligators live in wetlands throughout the Lower Florida Keys.
24 September 2014, 02:14 PM ET
Take a closer look at these caterpillars, bugs, moths, wasps and butterflies to learn more about insects found in the eastern half of the United States.
24 September 2014, 02:13 PM ET
Mexican cavefish saves energy by ditching circadian rhythm.
24 September 2014, 01:21 PM ET
Mysterious fossils found in southern China are not bacteria or protists, but multicellular creatures, new research finds. The tiny fossils might even be the embryos of some of the earliest animals on Earth.
24 September 2014, 01:01 PM ET
Multicellular spherical fossils dating back 600 million years were discovered in South China's Doushantuo Formation. Here are photos of these bizarre specimens.
24 September 2014, 07:05 AM ET
The common octopus can be a cannibal, sometimes dining on members of its own species, showing a taste for the victim's arm tips. Now, divers have caught this octopus-on-octopus action in the wild for the first time on video.
24 September 2014, 06:56 AM ET
Video and images show for the first time a record of octopus cannibalism, revealing the common octopus in three encounters cannibalizing a smaller octopus in the Atlantic Ocean off Spain.
23 September 2014, 08:01 PM ET
An adult octopus hides out in its cave while devouring a smaller octopus, before swimming away. This is one of the first documented observations of octopus cannibalism.
22 September 2014, 04:30 PM ET
Penguins are torpedo-shaped, flightless birds that live in the southern regions of the Earth.
22 September 2014, 01:10 PM ET
The plant-eating dinosaur, which sported some of the largest nasal passages of any dinosaur, may have been killed by a giant crocodile 75 million years ago. The croc attack would have led to the quick death and burial of the beast.
19 September 2014, 08:01 AM ET
The famous giant tortoise, Lonesome George, holds his head high, even in death.
19 September 2014, 07:36 AM ET
The body of a 100-year-old Pinta Island Tortoise, dubbed Loneseome George, has been preserved and is now on display at the American Museum of Natural History.