Animals Archive
20 March 2014, 10:02 AM ET
The hardest part about turning agricultural waste into biofuels is finding a cheap, efficient way to break down the cellulose in plant cells, and scientists at Mississippi State University have found a bacteria in Panda poop that does just that.
20 March 2014, 03:46 AM ET
As animal sterilizations pick up, euthanasia rates are plummeting.
20 March 2014, 12:55 AM ET
The American crocodile is a dangerous animal, but that doesn't prevent women from helping lead their conservation.
19 March 2014, 05:00 PM ET
The oldest example of a stick insect mimicking a plant has been unearthed in China. The mimicry allowed the insect to evade tree-climbing dinosaurs, mammals and birds that preyed on insects, research suggests.
19 March 2014, 05:00 PM ET
A newly described species of feathered dinosaur looked something like a 10-foot-tall chicken with claws. The crested dino lived around the same time as Tyrannosaurus rex.
19 March 2014, 07:38 AM ET
Most snakes have poor navigational capabilities, but the Burmese python can navigate home after being transported more than 20 miles away, using an internal map and compass.
18 March 2014, 08:01 PM ET
A sea-faring snake spends months without drinking freshwater, then tanks up by drinking from pools of freshwater that accumulate after rainfall at the ocean's surface, new research suggests.
18 March 2014, 01:19 PM ET
A researcher has discovered 19 new species of praying mantis, but some may already be extinct. The species are speedy hunters that disguise themselves as bark or moss.
17 March 2014, 11:14 AM ET
Though once one of the most abundant birds on Earth, the passenger pigeon went extinct due to overhunting in 1914.
17 March 2014, 07:51 AM ET
The skeletons of six cats, including four kittens, hint at humans keeping felines in Egypt 2,000 years before the earliest known evidence of cat domestication in the region.
17 March 2014, 07:48 AM ET
A new discovery of six cat skeletons at an elite ancient Egyptian cemetery may hint at an earlier-than-expected domestication of cats in Egypt.
14 March 2014, 12:31 AM ET
Hot dogs and donuts and bears, oh my!
13 March 2014, 05:49 PM ET
Three baby Sumatran tiger cubs were recently born at the London Zoo. After a pregnancy that lasted 106 days, the 5-year-old Sumatran tigress Melati gave birth to three cubs in her den on Feb. 3.
13 March 2014, 02:06 PM ET
A pygmy cousin of T. rex has been found on the North Slope of Alaska, where it once lived within the Arctic circle. The dinosaur's small body size may have been an adaption to its seasonal environment.
13 March 2014, 01:43 PM ET
The oldest fossil evidence for babysitting now comes from 450 million-year-old rocks in New York.
13 March 2014, 01:16 AM ET
Garter snakes are some of the most widespread snakes in North America. They can be found from Florida to Alaska.
12 March 2014, 06:11 PM ET
A 35-year-old Utah man has reportedly been indicted in the theft of a dinosaur footprint from a trackway on public lands near Moab. The footprint remains missing.
12 March 2014, 04:37 PM ET
Invasive, plankton-slurping Asian carp are creeping up the Mississippi River. Ready-to-hatch eggs of the fish were discovered as far north as Lynxville, Wisc.
12 March 2014, 02:52 PM ET
Usually stormy weather in Britain this winter has apparently taken a toll on dolphins and porpoises. Carcasses of the marine mammals have been washing up on beaches in West Sussex, Dorset and Cornwall.
12 March 2014, 02:00 PM ET
An ancient whale fossil unearthed in Charleston, S.C., suggests that cetaceans evolved the ability to echolocate their prey very early on in evolution.
12 March 2014, 09:00 AM ET
Burmese pythons, famous invaders of the Florida Everglades, can take down animals as large as alligators and deer. But the snakes pose little threat to humans and it's rare that the pythons will attack people without being provoked.
12 March 2014, 02:59 AM ET
Chimps played more efficiently than human gamers.
11 March 2014, 09:49 PM ET
Aquatic sloths once crawled the coast of Peru with dense bones that helped the animals sink to shallow seafloors and graze on vegetation.
11 March 2014, 03:46 PM ET
Scientists never understood exactly how finely tuned elephants' hearing is, until researchers tried to see if the pachyderms could distinguish among the sounds made by different groups of humans.
11 March 2014, 11:45 AM ET
The Brits may not see the great white after all, as the shark seems to be heading northwest. And in other news, she may be pregnant.
11 March 2014, 09:10 AM ET
Light pollution in tropical rainforests disturbs seed-dispersing bats, potentially slowing regeneration of certain forests.
11 March 2014, 12:35 AM ET
Corn snakes are non-venomous snakes found primarily in the southeastern United States. They are popular as pets.
11 March 2014, 12:10 AM ET
A new study claims zoos provide a learning experience, but little more.
10 March 2014, 01:27 PM ET
African elephants belt out distinct alarm calls to specify which kind of threat is approaching in the wild, be it humans or bees, a new study shows.
10 March 2014, 12:31 PM ET
When an African elephant family hears an alarm call warning of angry bees, they move away quickly and the matriarch shakes her head to flick off any insects.
10 March 2014, 01:46 AM ET
Sea cucumbers are the less glamorous cousins of starfish and sea urchins, occurring in all of the major oceans and seas. As a delicacy in many Asian cultures, they are appreciated for their soft texture, dietary and medicinal properties.
10 March 2014, 01:06 AM ET
Australia is world famous for its venomous critters, including its many highly venomous snakes.