Animals Archive
22 July 2015, 06:16 PM ET
Boa constrictors are notorious for their deadly grip, squeezing their next meal until it expires. But scientists have long wondered whether this fatal hug kills prey by suffocation or by obstructing blood flow in the snake's victims.
21 July 2015, 04:31 PM ET
Despite being criss-crossed by housing developments and a landfill, a small nature preserve is now bouncing back, boosting the rare butterflies that call it home.
17 July 2015, 07:03 AM ET
Black widow males destroy large sections of their mates' webs in order to ward off potential rivals.
16 July 2015, 04:44 PM ET
People raising backyard chickens should know not to cuddle or kiss the birds, to avoid the risk of Salmonella, according to the CDC.
16 July 2015, 11:54 AM ET
Chimpanzees can quickly identify the faces of other chimps, as well as those of human adults and babies, according to new research that suggests humans' closest living relatives look at faces holistically like humans do.
16 July 2015, 11:01 AM ET
Statistically speaking, sharks pose very little threat to humans. So why are people so afraid of the animals?
16 July 2015, 09:46 AM ET
A flamboyant cousin of the fearsome Velociraptor, covered in layers of showy feathers from head to tail, once stalked meaty prey in the forests of what is now northeastern China.
16 July 2015, 09:45 AM ET
One of Velociraptor's cousins had an armful of feathers, even if its arms were short, a new study finds.
15 July 2015, 05:13 PM ET
A young, great white shark had a near-death experience when the retreating tide left it stranded on a beach in Cape Cod on Monday afternoon (July 13). Beachgoers spotted the giant fish writhing on the sand, and threw water on its gills to help it breathe.
15 July 2015, 09:09 AM ET
If the northern giant mouse lemur were the size of a human, its testes would be as big as grapefruits. To capture these testes measurements, scientists had to be quick on their feet in the forests of Madagascar.
15 July 2015, 09:06 AM ET
Check out these images of the northern giant mouse lemur, Mirza zaza, which has the largest testis relative to body size of any primate.
14 July 2015, 07:14 PM ET
It's time to call Guinness World Records: Researchers on an Antarctic expedition have uncovered sperm cells dating to a whopping 50 million years ago, making these the oldest known animal sperm cells, a new study finds.
14 July 2015, 07:20 AM ET
The black leopard of the Malaysian Peninsula actually has hidden leopard spots, which can be revealed using infrared cameras.
14 July 2015, 07:18 AM ET
Here's a look at magical black leopards whose complex patterns of spots are visible under infrared light. The leopards grace the Malaysian peninsula.
10 July 2015, 03:04 PM ET
You don't have to be a Kardashian to stand out on the Internet — all you need is at least 20 pairs of bright-yellow legs, a gleaming red head and venomous fangs.
10 July 2015, 02:01 PM ET
Ancient gelatinous animals that resemble Christmas tree ornaments were protected by hard, spiny skeletons and lacked the trademark tentacles of today's jellies, fossils of the long-dead jellyfishlike creatures suggest.
10 July 2015, 02:00 PM ET
The Cambrian explosion, when simple life forms rapidly evolved to more complex creatures, produced some beautiful, bizarre, and mysterious animals
10 July 2015, 12:07 PM ET
New photos from the Peruvian Amazon have captured an adorable harpy eagle chick and its mom.
10 July 2015, 09:12 AM ET
New photos from the Peruvian Amazon have captured an adorable harpy eagle chick and its mom.
10 July 2015, 07:48 AM ET
A global shark census called Global FinPrint is getting underway with the daunting task of counting as many sharks as possible over the next three years. Using underwater cameras, international scientists will scan more than 400 reef locations.
10 July 2015, 07:20 AM ET
When dolphins dive deep, they avoid succumbing to decompression sickness, or "the bends," likely because the sea creatures have collapsible lungs and can inhale and exhale two to three times quicker than humans.
09 July 2015, 03:00 PM ET
Giant pandas have an insatiable hankering for bamboo, but scientists have long wondered how the bears survive on such a fibrous and low-nutrient plant.
09 July 2015, 02:00 PM ET
Bumblebees are some of the world's best pollinators, working harder, longer and on more species than other bees, but their habitat is endangered by climate change.
09 July 2015, 01:10 PM ET
Pitcher plants that "eat" bat poop have come up with a unique way to attract their meal tickets, new research finds: The plants are shaped to stand out against a bat's echolocation cries.
09 July 2015, 12:14 PM ET
The Pitcher plant (N. hemsleyana) structure reflects ultrasonic calls from insectivorous bats (Kerivoula hardwicki) and "relatively cool place to roost." The bats leave dropping behind providing a fertilizer for the plants.
09 July 2015, 11:09 AM ET
Climate change is making more southerly locales too hot for bumblebees to survive, but they are not spreading north as the climate warms. That could spell trouble for many crops, which require the pollinators to produce fruits and veggies.
09 July 2015, 09:02 AM ET
Resistance is futile — scientists are now one step closer to the Borg of "Star Trek," wiring brains together into "brainets" that can solve problems as teams, new experiments with monkeys and rats suggest.
09 July 2015, 06:53 AM ET
Researchers from across the globe recently teamed up to accomplish what might seem like an impossible (and scary) task: counting as many of the ocean's sharks as possible.
08 July 2015, 02:00 PM ET
A renowned fossil hunter in Alberta discovered the new species Wendiceratops pinhornensis, a dinosaur that lived about 13 million years before its famous relative, Triceratops, during the Late Cretaceous period.
08 July 2015, 02:00 PM ET
The 79-million-year-old bones of four pickup truck-size horned dinosaurs have been unearthed in Alberta, Canada, and the discovery reveals how the distant relatives of Triceratops got their horns, a new study finds.
08 July 2015, 10:37 AM ET
An ancient Native American grave in Illinois bore the body of a young bobcat, suggesting the ancient people raised the orphan kitty and buried it with love.
08 July 2015, 09:14 AM ET
Scientists have evidence that a mass extinction killed up to about 80 percent of all land vertebrates about 260 million years ago. This catastrophic die-off coincided with the onset of volcanism in what is now southern China.