Animals Archive
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.
19 November 2015, 07:54 AM ET
The winning photos from the first-ever Royal Society Publishing Photography competition.
18 November 2015, 03:12 PM ET
In a deep, dank cave in Brazil, a pale, blind creature lurks, never venturing out to feel the sun.
18 November 2015, 02:46 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.
18 November 2015, 02:22 PM ET
What do you have in common with a filter-feeding, deep-sea worm? On a genetic level, it's a lot more than you might suspect.
18 November 2015, 11:56 AM ET
Researchers at a conservation center in China say they have decoded 13 sounds made by pandas to seek mates, ask for food or show anxiousness.
18 November 2015, 10:44 AM ET
There’s a lot of love song and dance going on above our heads. Video (incl. slo-mo) of Blue-Capped Cordon-Bleu birds show the musical mating rituals of males and females.
17 November 2015, 11:56 AM ET
Genes linked to Acorn worms’ (Saccoglossus kowalevskii) breathing and feeding apparatus are present in humans, and may control parts of the same systems. Our common ancestor lived about 1 billion years ago.
17 November 2015, 09:35 AM ET
Teensy parasites called "mucus animals" are actually degenerated jellyfish that sport little stinging cells but no mouth or gut. The finding could expand scientists' definition of the animal kingdom, the researchers say.
17 November 2015, 07:28 AM ET
How far could T. rex's jaws stretch? A new study has answers about the breaking point for this dinosaur’s bite.
16 November 2015, 02:14 PM ET
Swimming just below the water’s surface, a Sunburst diving beetle larva locates its target by visually "scanning” it with up-and-down head movements.
16 November 2015, 09:45 AM ET
Carnivores such as the Tyrannosaures rex and Allosaurus fragilis could produce wide jaw gape, giving them the ability to to maximize devastation to their prey.
15 November 2015, 12:25 PM ET
Hair boosts the surface area of animals by 100 times the surface area of their skin alone.
14 November 2015, 12:38 PM ET
Giraffe sex involves cocktail parties, statuelike stances, urination and instantaneous ejaculation.
13 November 2015, 11:57 AM ET
Male bumblebees are good for more than just sex. Turns out, they've got smarts as well and get flying colors on flower tests just like females.
13 November 2015, 08:13 AM ET
Giant, lizardlike beasts with teeth strong enough to puncture clamshells and equipped with short limbs and a long, paddle-shaped tail populated waterways some 200 million years ago. And now, two new species of these thalattosaurs have been added to the ra
12 November 2015, 11:18 PM ET
Boa constrictors are non-venomous snakes famous for their method of subduing prey. They rank among the longest snakes in the world.
12 November 2015, 05:50 PM ET
The famous Columbian mammoth — an 11-ton creature known for traversing North America during the last ice age — might actually be the same species as the Asian steppe mammoth, a new study finds.
11 November 2015, 02:06 PM ET
A serendipitous photo taken during a scuba-diving trip in the Caribbean clued researchers into the world of a mysterious green and glowing eel.
11 November 2015, 02:06 PM ET
When scuba-diving scientists serendipitously spotted a glowing green eel in January 2011, they had no idea what caused it to light up like a brilliant neon sign.
11 November 2015, 01:01 PM ET
Stone Age people used beeswax and, most likely, honey, a habit that began at least as early as the beginning of agriculture.
11 November 2015, 11:08 AM ET
Thousands of years ago, rats as big as dachshunds lived side-by-side with people, who frequently ate the robust rodents.
11 November 2015, 10:39 AM ET
There are thousands of breeds of domestic sheep, and at least four species of wild sheep.
10 November 2015, 03:09 PM ET
This oddly adorable cat carries a genetic secret.
10 November 2015, 02:34 PM ET
A 'brightly fluorescent protein' has been revealed in some species of marine eels causing them to glow. Researchers have speculated that, because the full moon 'excites' the glow of the sea creature, this may be a mating adaptation.
10 November 2015, 02:18 PM ET
Octopuses are highly intelligent, and thanks to their amazing, neuron-filled tentacles, they can do humanlike tasks such as unscrewing jars and lids.
10 November 2015, 11:51 AM ET
SeaWorld San Diego, long known for its live killer-whale shows, will begin phasing out the performances next year in favor of conservation-based shows.
10 November 2015, 07:51 AM ET
The brains of a 520 million-year-old shrimplike creature were fossilized in carbon and pyrite, or fool's gold.
09 November 2015, 02:30 PM ET
Massive great white sharks launching their 3-ton bodies out of the ocean and into the air can be a spectacular sight, if you're lucky enough (and brave enough) to be in the right place at the right time.