Animals Archive
16 April 2014, 05:00 PM ET
A new species is the oldest and smallest of an ancient group of mammal ancestors, the caseids. The discovery helps fill in the blanks of evolution from a carnivorous to herbivorous lifestyle.
16 April 2014, 03:43 PM ET
Goats might be smarter than one would think, as they can quickly learn and remember how to perform certain tasks, a new study suggests.
16 April 2014, 03:13 PM ET
A group of researchers discovered a dead nose-horned viper with a centipede's head sticking out of its ruptured abdomen. After a post-mortem, the scientists think it's possible that the centipede quite literally eviscerated the snake from the inside out.
16 April 2014, 01:00 PM ET
Sharks are usually thought of as primitive creatures, sometimes called "living fossils." But a new study of a 325-million-year-old shark fossil — the most complete of its kind — suggests modern sharks have evolved significantly from their bony ancestors.
16 April 2014, 12:17 PM ET
Bats' ability to fly may protect the organisms from becoming ill with a range of viruses known to be deadly to humans, including Ebola and rabies, according to a new hypothesis.
16 April 2014, 11:47 AM ET
They don't have gaping maws or fearsome talons. But don't be fooled. These sponges — though they look like fuzzy twigs — are killers. Scientists found four new species of carnivorous sponges that prey on small animals on the seafloor.
15 April 2014, 12:40 PM ET
RZSS officials announced today (April 15) that Britain's only female giant panda, Tian Tian, was artificially inseminated at the Edinburgh Zoo after failing to get it on the natural way with her partner, Yang Guang.
15 April 2014, 10:41 AM ET
Joining iconic American objects like Judy Garland's ruby slippers and the space shuttle Discovery, a nearly complete T. rex skeleton was welcomed to the Smithsonian this morning (April 15).
14 April 2014, 06:20 PM ET
These beautiful flowers are a toxic enemy to cats who might nibble at the flowers' petals or drink their vase water.
14 April 2014, 05:57 PM ET
Ancient spherical fossils dating back to around 500 million years ago appear to be the embryos of a yet-unknown animal. The fossils come from the Cambrian, a time when the diversity of life exploded.
14 April 2014, 05:00 PM ET
By extracting DNA from museum specimens, scientists have discovered three new species of yellow-shouldered bats.
14 April 2014, 04:53 PM ET
For humans, touch is a sense most often associated with the fingers. But man's best friend, the dog, touches the world a different way — with his face.
14 April 2014, 04:17 PM ET
Dolphins sleep with one eye open, and with half their brain wide awake, researchers have found.
11 April 2014, 06:33 PM ET
A certain monkey species is unusually monogamous, a new study finds.
11 April 2014, 04:20 PM ET
Why do humans seek out alcohol even though it can lead to destructive behavior? One biologist looked to evolution for an answer, and came up with The Drunken Monkey Hypothesis.
11 April 2014, 01:23 PM ET
Bushmeat is still on sale in Ghana despite worries that fruit bats and other bushmeat may be behind the spread of an Ebola outbreak in nearby Liberia and Guinea which has claimed around a hundred lives.
11 April 2014, 01:06 PM ET
Rising temperatures are affecting the size of salamanders in the Appalachian Mountains.
10 April 2014, 02:37 PM ET
A recent discovery of a harvestman fossil may shed light on the evolution of the species.
10 April 2014, 02:23 PM ET
Watch the fly's body roll as it executes a hard banked turn after seeing a looming shadow (off camera). The video has been slowed down 300 times. The maneuver is also depicted in an animated sequence.
10 April 2014, 02:19 PM ET
Catching a fly isn't easy, as anyone who has ever tried to swat a fly knows. The reason? The insects maneuver like fighter jets, a new study shows.
10 April 2014, 12:31 PM ET
Researchers have discovered an ancient harvestman fossil in eastern France.
10 April 2014, 12:28 PM ET
A 305-million-year-old harvestman fossil, ancestor of modern day arachnids, is more closely relates to the scorpion than spiders. Scientists discovered unusual features: it has 2 sets of eyes on the center and lateral sides of the body.
10 April 2014, 02:12 AM ET
Pet poop is a million-ton problem, but what's the solution?
09 April 2014, 08:14 PM ET
Fossilized bee pupae found in the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles suggest the region experienced a very moist period during the Ice Age, a new study says.
09 April 2014, 05:00 PM ET
An ancient Australian relative of the recently extinct Tasmanian tiger could hunt prey larger than itself, unlike its more modern, unlucky relative, new research finds. The discovery comes from a rare full fossil skeleton of the ancient marsupial.
09 April 2014, 03:08 PM ET
A new crayfish, Gramastacus lacus, discovered in southeast Australia's coastal lakes is one of the world's smallest examples of the species.
09 April 2014, 03:11 AM ET
The reason why pandas are going extinct is nothing to do with their cycles. It is because so much of their natural environment has been destroyed.
08 April 2014, 03:24 AM ET
Soring is torture, and it has no place in horse training.
07 April 2014, 02:26 PM ET
An extinct marine predator entombed in a seafloor "Pompeii" for 520 million years had a sophisticated heart and blood vessel system similar to those of its distant modern relatives, arthropods such as spiders, lobsters and millipedes.
04 April 2014, 09:08 PM ET
While humans aren't good at reading guilt in animals, it doesn't mean dogs don't feel it.
04 April 2014, 02:33 PM ET
The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, Calif., runs a clinic that rescues sick, injured and orphaned seals, sea lions and other marine mammals.
04 April 2014, 12:09 PM ET
A new hospital for sick or injured Hawaiian monk seals is nearing completion, and will open to its doors to seagoing patients this summer.