Animals Archive
24 August 2015, 04:03 PM ET
Stanford University researchers have developed a folding lens that can turn a cell phone into a microscope. It’s made with simple materials (paper and glass balls) for under a dollar. Aaron Pomerantz captured a mite in action.
24 August 2015, 06:58 AM ET
A "robber frog" with beady, gold-rimmed eyes and a bizarre bat with a record-long tongue are among the menagerie of species discovered during an expedition in Bolivia.
21 August 2015, 03:09 PM ET
The kelp gull has a few unsavory eating habits.
21 August 2015, 09:55 AM ET
Get the science scoop on the animal kingdom's Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch and Thing. Can you guess which animals make the cut?
21 August 2015, 07:29 AM ET
A 2-million-year-old skull unearthed in South Africa belongs to the earliest baboon ever found, a new study finds.
20 August 2015, 05:31 AM ET
A marine scientist is dwarfed by what is being called the biggest shark ever caught on camera in a recent video taken near Mexico's Guadalupe Island. How did this 20-foot-long (6 meters) great white Internet sensation become such a behemoth?
19 August 2015, 09:30 AM ET
Dogs may play catch, obey commands and even share the occasional dessert with their owners, but can they understand simple interactions between people?
19 August 2015, 07:37 AM ET
The slender hummingbird tongue has been misunderstood for more than 180 years, a new study finds.
19 August 2015, 07:36 AM ET
The exact way hummingbird tongues work has long eluded scientists — until now.
18 August 2015, 07:32 PM ET
Vitamin K is known as the “blood-clotting vitamin” for its important role in healing wounds.
18 August 2015, 07:04 PM ET
Certain spiders have evolved a novel way of gliding through their rainforest habitat.
18 August 2015, 07:01 PM ET
The "Flattie" spider (Selenops spp.) has the ability to change direction in mid-air by moving its front legs. They live in the tropical rain forest canopy and have developed this ability to avoid landing on the on the forest understory.
18 August 2015, 02:56 PM ET
New research has revealed that the hummingbird tongue "acts as a tiny pump" instead of the long-standing "capillary tube" belief. Several variety of hummingbirds were studied to make the find.
17 August 2015, 01:22 PM ET
A great white shark famously saved last month by Cape Cod beachgoers is likely still alive and swimming, said a shark expert.
15 August 2015, 08:28 AM ET
Until the end of the last ice age, American cheetahs, enormous armadillolike creatures and giant sloths called North America home. But it's long puzzled scientists why these animals went extinct about 10,000 years ago.
14 August 2015, 05:53 PM ET
Twenty-six is old … if you're a cat.
14 August 2015, 12:31 AM ET
Coral reefs are key to wildlife, and human, survival — and they may yet be saved.
13 August 2015, 04:51 PM ET
It's white. It's weird. It looks like a bowl of noodles turned upside down underwater. What is it?
13 August 2015, 12:05 PM ET
Bears apparently seem to find UFOs unbearable — airborne robots and other unidentified flying objects can make bear hearts beat four times faster, researchers say.
13 August 2015, 12:00 PM ET
Ants may be experts at sniffing out body odor, according to a new study that reveals these insects have a "high-definition ability" to detect tiny chemical changes in the pheromones other ants give off.
13 August 2015, 11:49 AM ET
Forr the first time, scientists have sequenced the genome of the eight-legged rock star, revealing how its complex noggin evolved.
13 August 2015, 07:27 AM ET
About 142 million years ago, two carnivorous dinosaurs wandered along a beach and left their large footprints behind in the sand, a new study finds.
12 August 2015, 08:10 PM ET
These amazing photos reveal the California two-spotted octopus, which just had its genome sequenced to reveal the underpinnings of the cephalopod's complex brain and wacky behaviors.
12 August 2015, 04:57 PM ET
12 August 2015, 04:24 PM ET
A very unusual octopus has scientists wondering just how well they really know the mysterious eight-armed creatures that inhabit the world's oceans.
12 August 2015, 07:41 AM ET
News of a grizzly bear attacking a 63-year-old man, who was a skilled hiker, in Yellowstone on Friday (Aug. 7), may have even avid adventurers wondering what's the best way to escape the long and curved claws of such a wild animal.
12 August 2015, 01:23 AM ET
Despite being fast, efficient and agile, this sea lion swimming technique is quite different from the way other large fish and marine mammals move through the water.
10 August 2015, 12:30 PM ET
Some butterfly species could disappear from southern Britain in the next 35 years if climate change and habitat loss continue, according to new research.
10 August 2015, 11:59 AM ET
Photos of butterflies that will likely go extinct by 2050 in southern Britain if their habitats aren't preserved and droughts worsen.
07 August 2015, 02:25 PM ET
An animal's ecological niche largely explains its pupil shape, from the vertical slits of a cat to the bizarre rectangles in a goat's eye.
07 August 2015, 10:50 AM ET
Lurking in the dark depths of the sea, a new species of fish that looks more alien than Earthling, with its needlelike teeth and glowing fishing pole of sorts atop its head, has been discovered.
07 August 2015, 10:15 AM ET
Here are a few of the things researchers learned from the lion and his brethren.