Animals Archive
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.
07 December 2015, 02:14 PM ET
Until recently, the only primates known to hibernate were Madagascar lemurs. But scientists have found another primate that snoozes seasonally: the pygmy slow loris.
07 December 2015, 06:50 AM ET
Two long-finned whales died after flatfish got stuck in their blowholes and suffocated the giant mammals. The whales may have followed a sick "friend" to unfamiliar waters in the south North Sea and there they were forced to eat unfamiliar food.
05 December 2015, 11:04 AM ET
Dogs suffer from many of the same psychiatric and neurological disease humans do. Can studying them help diagnose and treat humans as well?
04 December 2015, 02:45 PM ET
A stunningly colorful little male songbird called a painted bunting has drawn a big crowd to Brooklyn's Prospect Park this week, where birders and other enthusiasts flocked. The bird has never, in recent memory, been spotted in the park.
02 December 2015, 03:31 PM ET
Two lumpy pieces of fossilized poop show that some dinosaurs ate flowering plants during the Late Cretaceous period, about 75 million years ago, new research finds.
02 December 2015, 02:10 PM ET
The striking new species is the first butterfly to be named for the British broadcaster.
02 December 2015, 01:07 PM ET
Color-changing cuttlefish have figured out how to turn down their emanating electric fields to hide from sharks and rays. They freeze in place and hold their breath, researchers have found.
02 December 2015, 09:17 AM ET
Before baleen whales developed their iconic comblike filter-feeding structures, they relied on their pointy teeth and a suctioning method to nab and gulp down prey, a new study finds.
02 December 2015, 09:01 AM ET
When shown silhouettes of their predators, they 'cloak their elecrical fields' by lying motionless, covering body opening and slowing their breathing.
01 December 2015, 01:53 PM ET
Hundreds of dinosaur footprints and handprints dating to 170 million years ago adorn the shore on the Isle of Skye, making it the largest dinosaur site ever discovered in Scotland, a new study finds.
01 December 2015, 01:51 PM ET
The giant footprints of long-necked sauropods were found on rocky coast of the Isle of Skye this past April.
01 December 2015, 01:01 PM ET
Japan resumes whale hunts that have come under increasing scrutiny and censure from the international community for their questionable scientific merit.
01 December 2015, 01:00 PM ET
A tarantula's cool blue coloring could inspire fashion and technologies of the future.
01 December 2015, 07:43 AM ET
Scientists recently discovered a trap-jaw ant species that leaps with its legs, a behavior that is extremely rare in ants and previously unknown in the trap-jaw family.
30 November 2015, 07:16 PM ET
The Odontomachus rixosus have been caught on camera doing something ants rarely do, jump. What makes this find even more unusual is that fact that the trap-jaw ants are using their legs to jump, not their powerful mandibles.
30 November 2015, 06:55 AM ET
At least 626 baby right whales have died off the coast of Argentina since 2003, and no one knows why.
28 November 2015, 11:46 AM ET
A bizarre three-armed ancient creature probably filtered food particles from the water in order to survive. The animal looked nothing like anything alive on Earth today, the researchers said.
27 November 2015, 02:42 PM ET
Check out amazing photos of humpback whales breaching the ocean surface as scientists monitor their lengthy sea travels.
27 November 2015, 02:41 PM ET
During lengthy migrations, humpback whales in the South Pacific stop over at seamounts that rise hundreds of feet from the seafloor. Scientists suspect the undersea mountains may serve multiple important roles for the whales.
26 November 2015, 09:25 AM ET
A recently discovered fossilized worm from 535 million years ago had an armored body, a mouth ringed with teeth and rows of thornlike spines on its flanks.
25 November 2015, 03:17 PM ET
The fragile remains of 150-million-year-old eggshells are helping researchers figure out what kinds of nests dinosaurs created for their eggs, according to a new study.
25 November 2015, 02:09 PM ET
An empty spider web isn't a mystery; it's a clue.
25 November 2015, 12:55 PM ET
A flatworm can regenerate its head and brain in the shape of those in other planarian species, researchers have found. Here are images of the bizarre creatures and the experiment that revealed this odd shape-changing ability.
25 November 2015, 10:25 AM ET
With circles of spiky teeth, articulated armored plates and sharp spines, the 2mm-long Eokinorhynchus rarus, lived in China 535 million years ago. It’s related to modern insects, spiders, crustaceans and roundworms.
25 November 2015, 07:49 AM ET
For years, there has been scant fossil evidence showing how the giraffe evolved to have such a long neck. But now, the remains of a 7-million-year-old creature with a shorter neck provides proof that the giraffe's iconic feature evolved in stages.
24 November 2015, 04:55 PM ET
Without altering a single DNA molecule, researchers engineered a flatworm to grow the heads of different species.
24 November 2015, 08:56 AM ET
The culprit behind a disease that causes raised blisters, crusted-over eyes and snouts, discolored skin patches, and ultimately death in several snake species has been identified.
23 November 2015, 04:04 PM ET
One of four northern white rhinoceros left on Earth died yesterday (Nov. 22), leaving only three surviving members of the critically endangered species.