Animals Archive
01 July 2014, 07:00 PM ET
Fish can remember the location of food at least 12 days after last being there, suggesting they have longer memories than previously thought.
01 July 2014, 06:22 PM ET
A fishing spider; a golden-web-spinning spider; and some of the world's largest tarantulas are among the cast of arachnids on display for those adventurous humans hoping for a close encounter with these smart, eight-legged creepy-crawlies.
01 July 2014, 05:06 PM ET
An elephant's bladder can hold nearly 5 gallons (18 liters) of fluid, and yet, it can pee just as quickly as a cat. A new study reveals that most mammals larger than rats urinate for about the same amount of time: 21 seconds.
01 July 2014, 11:30 AM ET
New research suggests Chilean devil rays warm themselves in the sun at the surface then dive down to extreme depths in search of food.
01 July 2014, 08:11 AM ET
Intersex fish have been found in three Pennsylvania river basins, suggesting that the waters may be tainted with endocrine-disrupting chemicals from agricultural runoff and treated human waste, according to a new study.
01 July 2014, 04:00 AM ET
Scientists have identified nearly 45,000 spider species, but estimate that there are as many yet to be discovered. Here are some of the most popular and most dangerous spiders.
30 June 2014, 10:59 AM ET
As climate change melts sea ice, emperor penguin populations across Antarctica across Antarctica could drastically decline, with many of the colonies dropping by more than half by 2100, warn scientists.
29 June 2014, 09:05 PM ET
The aim of the study was to assess the differences in the distribution and abundance of brown hyaena between protected and unprotected farmland areas in South Africa.
29 June 2014, 10:43 AM ET
Koalas may be cute and cuddly, sleeping 18 to 22 hours a day, but they can become vicious when it's time to get down to business. Here's a look at how the marsupials mate.
29 June 2014, 09:53 AM ET
A new database of dinosaur-era flying reptiles called pterosaurs allows users to map the location of fossils on Google Earth. Paleontologists want to use the database, called PteroTerra, to uncover evolutionary trends.
29 June 2014, 01:25 AM ET
From toilet tests to pool covers, it's not hard to tweak your home to save water.
27 June 2014, 12:56 PM ET
A new study that tested the musical taste of chimps found that the animals shun the steadily strong beats common in Western genres, but they're drawn to Indian ragas and traditional tunes from West Africa.
27 June 2014, 11:54 AM ET
Squirrels are nimble, bushy-tailed rodents found all over the world. There are more than 200 species of squirrels.
27 June 2014, 11:47 AM ET
A new, tiny species of elephant shrew, also called a round-eared sengi, has been discovered in an ancient volcanic region in the Namib Desert in Africa. The creature sports a trunk-like snout and a weird scent gland on the underside of its tail.
27 June 2014, 08:56 AM ET
Teeny-tiny baby stegosaurus tracks have been digitized and turned into a 3D model, along with tracks from adult stegosauruses. The models should help researchers compare and contrast dinosaur tracks.
27 June 2014, 03:29 AM ET
Almost a third of Australia’s mammals have become extinct or are facing extinction, largely thanks to introduced predators such as cats and foxes. But what is the best way to save the species still alive?
27 June 2014, 01:52 AM ET
Papadum is more than a cute goat — he's now part a reference genome for his breed.
27 June 2014, 01:31 AM ET
Dogs do have a unique way of seeing the world. But despite what you might have heard, the canine perspective isn't black and white.
26 June 2014, 03:54 PM ET
What may be the world's oldest reef built by the earliest known skeletal animals has been discovered in Namibia. Take a photo journey through the reef, where you can see the fossilized remains of the reef-building animals and their natural cement.
26 June 2014, 03:34 PM ET
Mice are small rodents with pointed noses, furry round bodies, large ears and long, often hairless, tails. There are hundreds of species of mice.
26 June 2014, 06:04 AM ET
A close study of more than 20 guenon monkey species reveals these companionable animals may rely on their distinctive patterns to prevent interbreeding.
26 June 2014, 06:02 AM ET
Guenon monkeys rely on their incredibly diverse facial patterns to distinguish between different species. Here are photos of their amazing faces.
26 June 2014, 02:48 AM ET
You might have seen in recent news that climate change may increase the size of some sea turtle populations, by increasing the number of female turtles.
25 June 2014, 05:32 PM ET
High-speed video revealed that disco clams are not bioluminescent, but their lips are covered with tiny silica spheres that reflect natural light.
25 June 2014, 05:00 PM ET
When the time comes to shed their skin, certain beetle larvae in Greece scout out a sleeping snail, break into its shell, eat the victim alive and squat in its home for days.
25 June 2014, 04:41 PM ET
Chances are you've tried to hide a runny nose and cough when you're sick at the office or around family members, and a new study finds animals do something similar.
25 June 2014, 02:34 PM ET
Crocodiles are large reptiles that belong to the order Crocodilia, which includes alligators, caimans and gharials.
25 June 2014, 12:37 PM ET
Drilus beetle larvae commandeer the shells of Albinaria snails by breaking and entering.
25 June 2014, 12:18 PM ET
The fossil of a wild-looking parasite with a tiny head and whose midbody evolution transformed into a sucking plate, has been discovered in what is now northeastern China.
25 June 2014, 11:45 AM ET
Ultra-strong spider silk, one of the toughest known natural fibers, could one day protect soldiers on the battlefield from bullets and other threats, one company says.
25 June 2014, 11:21 AM ET
From a 125-million-year-old flea to a tube-shaped Jurassic bloodsucker, here are some of the most bizarre parasites from the past.
25 June 2014, 11:08 AM ET
A researcher has discovered these clams are covered with small reflective spheres of silica that reflect light as the clams furl and unfurl their lips.