Animals Archive
07 March 2014, 05:13 PM ET
"Blackfish" is making ripples in California. A state lawmaker has proposed a bill that would end SeaWorld's killer whale shows.
07 March 2014, 10:03 AM ET
Lydia the great white shark has migrated more than 19,000 miles since being tagged.
07 March 2014, 08:45 AM ET
Two new butterfly species have been discovered in the U.S. — an unusual finding made by examining DNA.
07 March 2014, 01:17 AM ET
Coral snakes are small, vibrantly colored, highly poisonous snakes found in Asia and in the Americas. When threatened, they make a popping sound with their cloacas — essentially a fart.
05 March 2014, 05:00 PM ET
Scientists have unearthed remnants of the biggest land-based predator in Europe, dubbed Torvosaurus gurneyi. The fearsome creature is a relative of the superpredator T. rex.
05 March 2014, 05:00 PM ET
Scientists have unearthed remnants of the biggest land-based predator in Europe, dubbed Torvosaurus gurneyi. The fearsome creature is a relative of the superpredator T. rex.
05 March 2014, 11:52 AM ET
Incredible video shows a gang of orcas attacking a lone blue whale off the coast of California.
05 March 2014, 10:31 AM ET
Humans, unlike chimpanzees, show their determination with a facial expression, perhaps one that evolved as part of humanity's extreme sociality.
04 March 2014, 07:04 PM ET
Young sea turtles don't always follow the path that scientists expected the animals to travel, with many dropping out of ocean currents into the still waters of the Sargasso Sea.
04 March 2014, 07:03 PM ET
Advances in satellite tag technology make it possible to tag and track young sea turtles just 4 to 7 inches (11 to 18 centimeters) long, following their lengthy migration.
04 March 2014, 07:01 PM ET
More than 1,000 species of iguanas exist around the world. Now, research shows that most of these species share the same sex chromosomes that they inherited from a common ancestor as long as 140 million years ago when dinosaurs lived.
04 March 2014, 02:50 PM ET
As invasive species continue their march across continents, one weapon stands in their way: a bitterly cold winter. Here are six invasive pests whose populations might not survive sub-freezing temperatures.
04 March 2014, 02:27 PM ET
The sub-freezing temperatures breaking records across the country have one group of observers cheering: biologists, many of whom hope that a polar vortex or two will help slow the northward march of invasive species.
04 March 2014, 02:13 PM ET
A fossil bed in China that contains some of the world's most exquisitely preserved feathered dinosaurs, early birds, reptiles and mammals may also be home to an equally rich set of older fossils from the Middle Jurassic, a new study finds.
04 March 2014, 01:07 PM ET
A crushing dive into the ocean's darkest realms has revealed surprising differences among the marine life that populates the Pacific Ocean's deepest depths.
04 March 2014, 01:02 PM ET
Researchers have found a Jurassic graveyard of sorts in Mongolia, China, with fossils revealing the oldest known gliding mammal, another early mammal that may have swum with a beaver-like tail, the oldest dinosaurs preserved with feathers, and a pterosaur
04 March 2014, 11:57 AM ET
A python was caught on camera devouring a crocodile after an epic battle in an Australian lake. Amazing footage of the incident shows the snake constricting its prey and stretching its mouth over the crocodile's scaly body over five hours.
04 March 2014, 11:18 AM ET
The first expedition to the deep New Hebrides trench in the Pacific Ocean discovered cusk eels and prawns more than 23,000 feet (7,000 meters) below the surface.
04 March 2014, 10:42 AM ET
From spiders eating bats to eagles attacking deer, Live Science brings you bizarre and rare mealtime photos from the animal world.
04 March 2014, 10:15 AM ET
They live in water so deep that little to no light reaches them, but deep-sea dragon fish eyes have evolved rapidly.
03 March 2014, 05:41 PM ET
Bringing animals back from extinction is an enticing prospect, but one that deserves deep consideration and planning from an ecological standpoint. Researchers have now developed a list of questions that can help guide scientists in choosing the best one.
03 March 2014, 05:37 PM ET
Remembering to lock up everything from baby wipes to bratwurst may be irksome for Yosemite National Park visitors, but a new study finds the park's stringent food storage rules slashed the amount of human food eaten by black bears by 63 percent.
03 March 2014, 04:04 PM ET
Sea otters were one of more than 20 species hit hard by the 1980 Exxon Valdez oil spill, but their numbers have slowly recovered and are now at pre-spill levels, a new study reports.
02 March 2014, 01:44 PM ET
Sandhill Cranes, which migrate between the northern reaches of Siberia and North America and the southern United States and Mexico, engage in 'dancing' courtship behavior and will eat just about anything.
02 March 2014, 08:41 AM ET
Tasmanian devil mating involves a lot of aggression, battles for dominance and infidelity.
28 February 2014, 04:04 PM ET
A mountain lion cub honed her hunting skills on a dead mule deer caught by mom earlier this month in California's Malibu Creek State Park.
28 February 2014, 01:34 PM ET
A surge in popularity of horse ownership in China's Sichuan Province threatened the Giant Panda. Only 1,600 pandas live in the wild.
28 February 2014, 01:15 PM ET
Cleaning up the plastic debris on California's beaches is a costly venture ($420 million to be exact), and a recently proposed bill could incentivize plastic producers to reduce packaging waste and make them pay for part of the clean up.
28 February 2014, 11:50 AM ET
During a calm whale watching trip in a Mexican lagoon last week, a woman got smacked in the head with a tail fin.
27 February 2014, 11:39 PM ET
Meet one of the most beautiful animals I have ever seen.
27 February 2014, 07:54 PM ET
Whales are pushing into new territory as the far north warms quicker than the rest of the planet and sea ice retreats.
27 February 2014, 05:15 PM ET
Sharks equipped with sophisticated sensors and cameras are helping researchers uncover new clues about their swimming and eating habits. The novel, "shark's eye" views are illuminating some of the least-understood behaviors of these shadowy predators.