Animals Archive
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.
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.