Animals Archive
14 July 2015, 07:18 AM ET
Here's a look at magical black leopards whose complex patterns of spots are visible under infrared light. The leopards grace the Malaysian peninsula.
10 July 2015, 03:04 PM ET
You don't have to be a Kardashian to stand out on the Internet — all you need is at least 20 pairs of bright-yellow legs, a gleaming red head and venomous fangs.
10 July 2015, 02:01 PM ET
Ancient gelatinous animals that resemble Christmas tree ornaments were protected by hard, spiny skeletons and lacked the trademark tentacles of today's jellies, fossils of the long-dead jellyfishlike creatures suggest.
10 July 2015, 02:00 PM ET
The Cambrian explosion, when simple life forms rapidly evolved to more complex creatures, produced some beautiful, bizarre, and mysterious animals
10 July 2015, 12:07 PM ET
New photos from the Peruvian Amazon have captured an adorable harpy eagle chick and its mom.
10 July 2015, 09:12 AM ET
New photos from the Peruvian Amazon have captured an adorable harpy eagle chick and its mom.
10 July 2015, 07:48 AM ET
A global shark census called Global FinPrint is getting underway with the daunting task of counting as many sharks as possible over the next three years. Using underwater cameras, international scientists will scan more than 400 reef locations.
10 July 2015, 07:20 AM ET
When dolphins dive deep, they avoid succumbing to decompression sickness, or "the bends," likely because the sea creatures have collapsible lungs and can inhale and exhale two to three times quicker than humans.
09 July 2015, 03:00 PM ET
Giant pandas have an insatiable hankering for bamboo, but scientists have long wondered how the bears survive on such a fibrous and low-nutrient plant.
09 July 2015, 02:00 PM ET
Bumblebees are some of the world's best pollinators, working harder, longer and on more species than other bees, but their habitat is endangered by climate change.
09 July 2015, 01:10 PM ET
Pitcher plants that "eat" bat poop have come up with a unique way to attract their meal tickets, new research finds: The plants are shaped to stand out against a bat's echolocation cries.
09 July 2015, 12:14 PM ET
The Pitcher plant (N. hemsleyana) structure reflects ultrasonic calls from insectivorous bats (Kerivoula hardwicki) and "relatively cool place to roost." The bats leave dropping behind providing a fertilizer for the plants.
09 July 2015, 11:09 AM ET
Climate change is making more southerly locales too hot for bumblebees to survive, but they are not spreading north as the climate warms. That could spell trouble for many crops, which require the pollinators to produce fruits and veggies.
09 July 2015, 09:02 AM ET
Resistance is futile — scientists are now one step closer to the Borg of "Star Trek," wiring brains together into "brainets" that can solve problems as teams, new experiments with monkeys and rats suggest.
09 July 2015, 06:53 AM ET
Researchers from across the globe recently teamed up to accomplish what might seem like an impossible (and scary) task: counting as many of the ocean's sharks as possible.
08 July 2015, 02:00 PM ET
A renowned fossil hunter in Alberta discovered the new species Wendiceratops pinhornensis, a dinosaur that lived about 13 million years before its famous relative, Triceratops, during the Late Cretaceous period.
08 July 2015, 02:00 PM ET
The 79-million-year-old bones of four pickup truck-size horned dinosaurs have been unearthed in Alberta, Canada, and the discovery reveals how the distant relatives of Triceratops got their horns, a new study finds.
08 July 2015, 10:37 AM ET
An ancient Native American grave in Illinois bore the body of a young bobcat, suggesting the ancient people raised the orphan kitty and buried it with love.
08 July 2015, 09:14 AM ET
Scientists have evidence that a mass extinction killed up to about 80 percent of all land vertebrates about 260 million years ago. This catastrophic die-off coincided with the onset of volcanism in what is now southern China.
08 July 2015, 07:13 AM ET
An anxious temperament is inherited via overactive brain regions passed down by mom and dad. But there's room for experience and the environment to help soothe an anxious mind.
08 July 2015, 07:03 AM ET
Hundreds of millions of years ago, marine animals swam in a vast ocean near the supercontinent of Gondwana. Now, these creatures' fossils litter the rocky desert of southeastern Morocco.
08 July 2015, 07:02 AM ET
Morocco's vast, rocky deserts were once covered with oceans teeming with life during the Ordovician Period. These stunning animals, now fossilized, would be unknown were it not for the work of a Moroccan fossil collector and a broke graduate student.
07 July 2015, 07:05 PM ET
Spider sex just got a little more interesting. Researchers now find that the spider equivalent of the penis isn't numb like once believed; it's filled with nerves that might help the spider ensure fertilization.
07 July 2015, 02:10 AM ET
Can unique and rare American livestock be saved from extinction?
07 July 2015, 01:14 AM ET
American livestock were once diverse and unique, but no longer — can a new IVF effort save some of the rarest remaining herds before they fade away?
06 July 2015, 03:21 PM ET
An occasional dolphin kill won't be enough to sustain polar bears as global climate continues to warm.
06 July 2015, 10:17 AM ET
Spiders can dance on water like tiny ballerinas pirouetting across a slippery stage.
06 July 2015, 10:13 AM ET
You probably already knew that spiders are extraordinary creatures when they're on land. But a new study finds that these critters are also quite remarkable when they're on the water.
02 July 2015, 11:25 PM ET
The majestic vulture is on the decline across the globe, and if they fade, what will happen to the carrion they clear from the Earth?
02 July 2015, 03:41 PM ET
Fourth of July weekend is a popular time to hit the beach, but this year, vacationers may not be the only ones swarming the waters off North Carolina.
02 July 2015, 02:00 PM ET
Slinky snake robots could get a better grip when climbing, thanks to new research on how a seahorse's tail works, according to a new study.
02 July 2015, 12:00 PM ET
The woolly mammoth's genome has been sequenced, revealing several key adaptations to the cold that could help scientists design elephant-mammoth hybrids.