Animals Archive
31 January 2016, 12:28 PM ET
Animals with bigger brains relative to body size are better when faced with a problem-solving task. The finding provides experimental data supporting the link between brain size and smarts, which scientists have long debated.
29 January 2016, 04:54 PM ET
Can climate warming be reversed if diets continue to add more meat?
29 January 2016, 01:22 PM ET
Researchers used a novel specimen preparation method and micro-computed tomography (CT) to examine a new leech species — Chtonobdella tanae — which was named after best-selling author Amy Tan.
29 January 2016, 09:50 AM ET
The burnt eggshell fragments of an ancient giant bird have helped scientists solve a 50,000-year-old whodunit in Australia.
28 January 2016, 04:35 PM ET
It was, by any measure, a giant and should be cause for celebration.
28 January 2016, 12:02 PM ET
A new study reveals that octopuses frequently communicate with each other in challenging displays that include posturing and changing color.
27 January 2016, 06:18 PM ET
Oregon State University might want to consider changing its mascot after a monumental find yesterday: The discovery of bones belonging to an ice-age mammoth within throwing distance of its football field.
27 January 2016, 02:14 PM ET
Long thought to be solitary predators, octopuses actually have social lives, ‘debating’ with each other by "standing very tall, raising the body mantle high above the eyes, and turning very dark," according to David Scheel.
26 January 2016, 12:21 PM ET
The beetle mimic cockroach gives live birth, and one researcher from the University of Cincinnati figured out what was happening on the genetic level.
26 January 2016, 06:48 AM ET
Tegu lizards burn hotter than the average lizard when it's time to create the next generation.
26 January 2016, 12:05 AM ET
Gopher snakes are nonvenomous serpents that are often mistaken for rattlesnakes.
25 January 2016, 11:53 PM ET
Omnivores are the most flexible eaters of the animal kingdom; they eat both plants and meat.
25 January 2016, 05:24 PM ET
A network of motion-activated cameras monitored by conservationists is capturing millions of photos of unsuspecting wildlife, helping scientists to glimpse the big picture of worldwide biodiversity in protected areas.
25 January 2016, 05:22 PM ET
Camera trap images represent birds and ground-dwelling mammals living in highly diverse ecosystems in protected areas.
25 January 2016, 01:59 PM ET
A new species of daddy longlegs has been unearthed lurking on the forest floor in the mountains of Oregon, and it’s a relative beast compared to its close cousins.
25 January 2016, 11:14 AM ET
Researchers monitored the populations of 244 species in 15 forests in several counties. The study found that some species were actually increasing in population. Over 2 million images were taken, some shown here of the various species.
25 January 2016, 09:12 AM ET
Tian Tian, the Smithsonian National Zoo's male giant panda, seemed delighted with the blizzard over the weekend, rolling around in the snow with giddy abandon.
22 January 2016, 08:04 PM ET
A carnivore is an animal or plant that eats the flesh of animals.
22 January 2016, 02:00 PM ET
Garbage dumps may be such attractive pit stops for some storks that they shorten their migration routes to pay a visit, a new study suggests.
22 January 2016, 10:43 AM ET
Venus Fly-Trap plants (Dionaea muscipula) have hairy fibers to sense insect motion. The more the hairs a bug touches, the higher the likelihood the plant will eat the bug.
22 January 2016, 09:14 AM ET
A new spider species wiggles its enormous paddle appendage in order to woo mates, research reveals.
22 January 2016, 08:16 AM ET
A mysterious 160-million-year-old crustacean had incredibly complex eyes similar to those of modern arthropods, a new study finds.
22 January 2016, 08:09 AM ET
A runny-nosed female walrus at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom had veterinarians concerned that she was suffering from more than just a common cold. As it turned out, the 22-year-old walrus, named Siku, was suffering from a parasitic infection.
22 January 2016, 08:09 AM ET
Veterinarians had to get creative to investigate the cause of a walrus's runny nose.
21 January 2016, 06:35 PM ET
An herbivore is an animal or insect that only eats vegetation, such as grasses, fruits, leaves, vegetables, roots and bulbs.
21 January 2016, 02:59 PM ET
Experts created the first national survey of Lyme-disease-carrying-tick distribution in decades, and found that the ticks are ranging farther north than before, and are now living in nearly 50 percent of all U.S. counties.
21 January 2016, 01:22 PM ET
Lying among beetle specimens in museum collections across Australia was a treasure trove of unidentified weevils. Most had been collected almost 30 years ago and remained unnamed until scientists started cataloging them and stumbled across 24 new species.
21 January 2016, 07:17 AM ET
The fancy frill and cheek horns that adorned the head of a triceratops relative may have helped the dinosaur communicate, possibly acting as a social or sexy signal, a new study suggests.
20 January 2016, 02:00 PM ET
Two brothers hunting for ichthyosaur fossils along the coast of the United Kingdom came across something far more astounding: The bones of what may be the earliest known dinosaur from the Jurassic period in the U.K., and possibly even the world.
20 January 2016, 09:00 AM ET
Tectonic plates may have inched across the Earth’s surface to where they are now over billions of years. But they left behind traces of their movement under the sea in bumps and gashes that researchers can map.
20 January 2016, 08:51 AM ET
China's frequently choking haze is providing an unexpected benefit to racing pigeons in one of the country's most polluted regions, helping the birds to navigate home faster.
19 January 2016, 04:46 PM ET
If the superhero Spider-Man were to climb walls like a true spider, he would need ridiculously enormous feet, a new study finds.