Animals Archive
18 December 2015, 12:44 PM ET
In this video, Giant Pandas interact with each other through a barrier prior to "breeding introductions." The study at the Bifengxia Chinese Conservation and Research Center in Sichuan, China studied mating behaviors by introducing individuals...
18 December 2015, 11:06 AM ET
The ancient, four-flippered plesiosaur didn't swim like a fish, whale or even an otter — but instead like a penguin, a new study finds.
18 December 2015, 11:04 AM ET
Thousands of swimming motions were simulated to try to resolve the almost 200-year-old question. It was concluded that the front limbs provided a bulk of the propulsion.
17 December 2015, 01:54 PM ET
Younger female elephants take up new social positions when an older matriarch dies, forging links with other elephant daughters that mirror mothers' connections.
17 December 2015, 07:45 AM ET
Scientists recently discovered that a species of Australian blue-banded bee is a successful pollinator because it uses its head — literally.
16 December 2015, 03:44 PM ET
Wearing video cameras, the world's smallest penguins have revealed their hunting secrets: The little blue birds swim together to stalk groups of prey, but when it comes to catching and killing their meals, it's every penguin for itself.
16 December 2015, 03:00 PM ET
The bizarre rigid "sail" on the back of a newfound species of herbivorous dinosaur may have helped the paleo-beast survive in a variety of climates, a new study finds.
16 December 2015, 12:33 PM ET
Researchers fastened a camera to a little penguin in order to study its foraging behavior. The study found that the penguins tend work together to capture 'schooling prey' and are likely to work alone for 'solitary prey'.
16 December 2015, 11:25 AM ET
Some devoted "Star Wars" fans who also happen to be scientists share their appreciation for the iconic movie series by giving its characters' names to newly discovered species.
16 December 2015, 10:51 AM ET
With 350 head-bangs each second, the Australian Blue-Banded Bee takes a unique, 'heavy metal' approach to pollination. High-speed video of the little buzz-fueled ‘rocker' shows pollen flung around similar to the action of a salt shaker.
16 December 2015, 07:53 AM ET
A high-tech analysis of the fossils of a mouse-size creature that lived in Greenland suggests that mammals originated more than 30 million years more recently than thought, the researchers say. And the first mammals were plant eaters.
16 December 2015, 07:33 AM ET
The black-feathered greater vasa parrot has a new skill to add to its resume — the use of tools to grind shells to create calcium powder, which it then proceeds to lick up with its pink tongue, a new study finds.
15 December 2015, 09:23 AM ET
Greater Vasa parrots (Coracopsis vasa) use pebbles or date pits to break apart seashells that provide dietary calcium. Researchers claim this is the first documented case of a non-human species using grinding tools. 
14 December 2015, 03:02 PM ET
Unseasonably warm fall temperatures in the northeastern United States mean that blacklegged ticks (Ixodes scapularis), also known as deer ticks, are active later into December than is usually the case.
14 December 2015, 12:22 PM ET
A long-necked plesiosaur with enormous flippers once swam around the waters covering Patagonia about 65 million years ago, new research finds.
14 December 2015, 12:18 PM ET
Plesiosaurs aren't dinosaurs, but they're just as enormous as some of their Cretaceous-age pals.
11 December 2015, 07:04 PM ET
Hippopotamuses may be adorable, but they still face terrible poaching.
11 December 2015, 06:23 PM ET
Migratory birds are losing ground, literally, at every stage of their flights.
11 December 2015, 03:30 PM ET
Modern birds — from the soaring eagle to the tiny hummingbird — share a common ancestor that lived about 95 million years ago in South America, a new study finds.
11 December 2015, 01:56 PM ET
Prairie vole genes determine whether a vole will wander or stay close to home, and its wandering may be linked to spatial memory.
10 December 2015, 12:21 PM ET
A weird-headed, short-necked relative of the giraffe named after the Star Wars character Padmé Amidala has been unearthed in Spain.
09 December 2015, 04:26 PM ET
The discovery of a spaniel-size ceratopsian that walked on its two hind legs reveals that Late Jurassic horned dinosaurs were much more diverse than previously thought, a new study finds.
09 December 2015, 04:23 PM ET
The plant-eater Hualianceratops wucaiwanensis was discovered in China's Gobi desert and is a relative of the Triceratops. It lived in the Late Triassic period (~160 million years ago).
09 December 2015, 02:14 PM ET
Cornell University researchers have unlocked a reproductive secret in domestic dogs, resulting in the first litter of puppies born through in vitro fertilization.
09 December 2015, 02:07 PM ET
The first-ever litter of 'test tube' puppies arrived after decades of experimentation and canine reproduction research. And they are adorable.
09 December 2015, 02:01 PM ET
A host female dog was impregnated with 19 embryos and delivered 7 puppies. (mix of beagle and cocker spaniels). Combined with gene editing and IVF, genetic disorders can be reduced or eliminated.
09 December 2015, 11:12 AM ET
Tiny, delicate vessels that carried blood through a duck-billed dinosaur 80 million years ago never fossilized and still contain the beast's tissue, a new study finds.
08 December 2015, 12:41 PM ET
A squid with shiny, bioluminescent "spotlights" tipping two of its arms confronted a remotely operated vehicle in deep ocean waters near Hawaii.
08 December 2015, 11:43 AM ET
Check out these amazing underwater photos of a deep-sea octopus squid, flashing spotlights on its arms and showing off its seeming red lips and round eyes.
08 December 2015, 09:52 AM ET
NOAA's Deep Discoverer research submersible had a pair of encounters with a large squid in Sept. 2015. On the first sighting, the crew captured the animal descending toward the seafloor.
07 December 2015, 05:32 PM ET
Dinosaurs took less than 5 million years to evolve from their reptile predecessors, the early dinosauromorphs, a new study finds.
07 December 2015, 05:30 PM ET
Dinosaurs evolved from their closest relatives, the dinosauromorphs, in less than 5 million years, a new study finds.