Animals Archive
06 November 2014, 11:45 AM ET
Abandoned on a beach in California, an adorable otter pup now has a new home at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium. For now, the otter is simply called "Pup 681." She's getting 24-hour attention so that her caretakers can essentially teach her how to be an otter.
06 November 2014, 10:37 AM ET
New laser scans of the dodo, perhaps the famous animal to have gone extinct in human history, have unexpectedly exposed portions of its anatomy that are revealing how the mysterious, flightless bird once lived.
06 November 2014, 10:36 AM ET
Perhaps the most famous extinction in human history was that of the flightless dodo bird. Here's a look at images of dodo skeletons and laser scans of the giant pigeon.
06 November 2014, 10:35 AM ET
The largest venomous snake ever known once slithered through the grasslands of what is today northern Greece some 4 million years ago, creating a mystery about how the 60-pound beast reached its gargantuan size.
05 November 2014, 10:11 PM ET
Arctic squirrels are circadian superheroes.
05 November 2014, 09:44 PM ET
The arctic ground squirrel's ability to adapt to constant daylight may lead to answers for human sleep disorders and other health problems.
05 November 2014, 08:23 PM ET
The international 1KITE project used DNA sequencing and new algorithms to devise the phylogenetic tree. This data dates the origin of insects to about 479 million years ago and today's insects to about 345 million years ago.
05 November 2014, 02:51 PM ET
New research shows how external genitals arose from very different starting places for reptiles and mammals.
05 November 2014, 02:47 PM ET
Dinosaurs that lumbered around the ancient supercontinent Gondwana had a warm-blooded neighbor — a "chewing machine" with big eyes, excellent hearing and an acute sense of smell, according to a new study.
05 November 2014, 02:44 PM ET
The finding of a well-preserved skull of a new species, called Vintana sertichi, in Madagascar provides new insights into these mysterious mammals.
05 November 2014, 01:17 PM ET
A 248-million-year-old fossil of an ancient reptile found in China is the oldest known member of a well-known group of marine reptiles, and may have lived both on land and in the sea.
05 November 2014, 10:56 AM ET
A large dinosaur, raccoon-size mammal and crocodile-like creature all walked toward a freshwater lake during the Early Cretaceous 118 million years ago, leaving their footprints behind in a sedimentary band of earth.
05 November 2014, 10:55 AM ET
A new finding of 118-year-old footprints of an early mammal, crocodile and dinosaur are helping researchers learn more about these ancient animals that lived in present-day Angola.
05 November 2014, 09:25 AM ET
Rovers — especially cute ones that are disguised as penguin chicks — seem to be better at spying on penguins than humans are.
04 November 2014, 08:46 PM ET
There are 40,000 types of spiders in the world. All of them bite, but spider bites are rarely deadly.
04 November 2014, 04:21 PM ET
A century ago, scientists unearthed fossils of a gigantic carnivorous dinosaur bigger than Tyrannosaurus rex in the Sahara desert, but until recently, paleontologists thought the fearsome beast was lost to history.
04 November 2014, 01:50 PM ET
To keep wild King Penguins from stressing out, researchers piloted a rover to collect data from Passive Integrated Transponders tags (PIT-tags).
04 November 2014, 12:08 PM ET
Contrary to an urban legend, there are not as many rats as people in New York City, a new study shows. A statistician says a generous estimate for the rat population would be 2 million — far fewer than New York's 8 million people.
03 November 2014, 04:08 PM ET
Rare fanged musk deer were spotted in Afghanistan for the first time in 60 years.
01 November 2014, 01:08 AM ET
Can you get Ebola from your pets?
01 November 2014, 12:54 AM ET
Monarch butterflies are disappearing, in large part due to milkweed loss tied to the rise in genetically modified crops, but voters in Oregon and Colorado have a chance to counter that trend on Nov. 4.
31 October 2014, 11:45 PM ET
By removing the horn, we remove the motive for poaching.
31 October 2014, 11:42 PM ET
Great white sharks are the largest predatory fish. Often thought to be man-eaters, they are actually responsible for only five to 10 attacks on humans per year.
31 October 2014, 10:22 PM ET
The large carnivorous dinosaur reigned during the late Cretaceous Period, 65 million years ago.
31 October 2014, 02:26 PM ET
A wayward gray wolf has been spotted several times this month around the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. It could be the first of its species to roam Arizona in 70 years.
30 October 2014, 11:51 PM ET
Spinosaurus was even bigger than Giganotosaurus and Tyrannosaurus.
30 October 2014, 11:48 PM ET
They may look slow and lumbering, but these amphibious beasts can be intimidating!
30 October 2014, 05:32 PM ET
Wandering around the windowsills and kitchen floors of New England is a common spider with a surprisingly nasty bite.
30 October 2014, 03:44 PM ET
Halloween is a time to celebrate mythical creatures that haunt our dreams, but some of these beasts have real-life counterparts in the animal world.
30 October 2014, 02:08 PM ET
A deadly new fungal disease that originated in Asia is killing salamanders and newts in Europe and could soon land on U.S. shores, home to the most diverse population of salamanders worldwide.
30 October 2014, 01:07 AM ET
In elite racehorses, biology is pushed to the limit, it’s not surprising then that injuries most commonly occur where the highest loads are generated.