Animals Archive
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.
23 November 2015, 01:34 PM ET
A diving beetle's complex eye parts transform rapidly as the larvae molt.
23 November 2015, 12:07 PM ET
It can fly! It can blush! The official bird of Thanksgiving is full of surprises.
21 November 2015, 08:25 AM ET
What if the dinosaur-killing asteroid never slammed into Earth and the paleo-beasts weren't vanquished from our planet 66 million years ago? That's the hypothetical that forms the basis of Pixar's "The Good Dinosaur," set to hit theaters on Nov. 25.
19 November 2015, 02:35 PM ET
A marine mollusk built like a tiny tank can see with hundreds of eyes made of the same material as its armor. Scientists tested its vision and found that the chiton could use its armored eyes to see a fish from more than 6 feet away.
19 November 2015, 12:01 PM ET
A subtle skull slope identifies a new dinosaur species as a direct link between a predecessor with a flat skull and later relatives with dramatic paddle-shaped crests.
19 November 2015, 11:05 AM ET
Go ahead and call a pigeon a birdbrain. Just don’t challenge it to the tedious game of "Categorizing Tumors as Cancerous or Benign." The pigeon may well win.
19 November 2015, 09:06 AM ET
Fancy footwork may woo mates for blue-capped cordon-bleus, songbirds that can tap dance faster than the eye can see.
19 November 2015, 07:55 AM ET
Schools of aquatic animals won big during this year's Royal Society photo competition.