Animals Archive
13 February 2016, 05:45 PM ET
This Valentine's Day, mischievous Cupid will be fluttering about with bow in hand, seeking out mortal hearts to pierce with his love-tinged arrows. But the winged god isn't the only one known for this behavior. Land snails also shoot love darts.
12 February 2016, 11:57 AM ET
The world's oldest known wild bird just added a new chick to the family — her 40th one, experts say.
12 February 2016, 10:50 AM ET
When an Australian farmer walked out onto his land he got a creepy treat: a dead brown snake strung up in the web of a daddy longlegs spider. The spindly spider seemed to have ensnared the snake and kept it dangling like a titanic trophy.
12 February 2016, 09:17 AM ET
This brown snake was no match for this fearless Australian arachnid. Weethalle farmer Patrick Lees captured video of the aftermath.
11 February 2016, 12:08 PM ET
What does the world look like to a wasp trying to map its way home? Here's a wasp's-eye-view of how the little insect sees the world on its loopy trip back to its nest.
11 February 2016, 11:47 AM ET
What a ground-nesting wasp (Cerceris arenaria) sees as it leaves its nest each day. Researchers suggest series of loops flown encode a precise pattern – a mental map – to help them find their way home.
11 February 2016, 07:07 AM ET
Trilobites were savvy killers who hunted down their prey and used their many legs to wrestle them into submission, newly discovered fossils suggest.
11 February 2016, 06:38 AM ET
The Burmese python has worn out its welcome, and its time is nigh.
10 February 2016, 05:54 PM ET
Last year was the worst year on record for unprovoked shark attacks on humans, though the total number of attacks was still miniscule relative to other causes of death.
10 February 2016, 02:12 PM ET
Paleontologists using 3D laser scanning to study fossils of extinct Trilobites from the Cambrian era have been able to deduce how these horseshoe crab-like animals attacked prey .
10 February 2016, 11:31 AM ET
Elephants can blow air through their trunks to help them grab food that is hard to reach, according to a recent study.
10 February 2016, 07:52 AM ET
A Muppet-faced fish with a lanky body more than 6 feet long gulped down plankton in Earth's ancient oceans about 92 million years ago, a new study finds.
08 February 2016, 08:20 AM ET
Galápagos tortoise mating involves neck competitions, harassment and lengthy sperm storage.
05 February 2016, 04:46 PM ET
A new robot salamander has been designed by mimicking nature, and it can both swim, walk and turn.
05 February 2016, 03:32 PM ET
Who would win in a matchup between a real-life bronco and a panther? It turns out, the odds are fairly even for both of those creatures.
05 February 2016, 11:26 AM ET
Wild leopard cats may have been domesticated by farmers in China more than 5,000 years ago, according to a new study of feline fossils.
04 February 2016, 05:09 PM ET
Tarantulas take a starring role in a new study that reorganizes their group, reclassifying the majority of 55 known tarantula species and adding 14 new ones.
04 February 2016, 04:20 PM ET
Tarantulas star in a new study that describes 14 new species living in deserts, mountains, and backyard habitats in the southwestern United States.
04 February 2016, 01:04 PM ET
Duck-billed dinosaurs and an ancient wildebeest-like animal lived tens of millions of years apart, but they have strikingly similar, peculiar noses, a new study finds.
04 February 2016, 09:49 AM ET
Four new species of deep-sea flatwormlike animals that resemble deflated whoopee cushions and lack complex organs have solved a complicated puzzle about their group's placement on the tree of life, scientists found.
03 February 2016, 02:03 PM ET
The Xenoturbella churro is one of 4 deep-sea worm recently discovered 5,577-feet (1,700 meters) down in the Gulf of California.
03 February 2016, 01:37 PM ET
A company called 'Guard From Above' has trained birds of prey to take down drones in situations where they are used for hostile and/or illegal purposes. Dutch National Police Corps are employing the birds in a new drone monitoring initiative.
03 February 2016, 08:54 AM ET
An unfortunate death for an aroused male arachnid gives researchers a rare look at ancient harvestman genitalia.
02 February 2016, 08:30 PM ET
A 99-million-year-long erection? Well, sort of: Scientists discovered a spider relative trapped in amber, with its erect penis preserved. Here's a look at the male daddy longlegs in all its glory.
02 February 2016, 07:02 PM ET
North American brown snakes are nonvenomous, unlike the Australian variety, which is among the most venomous in the world.
02 February 2016, 06:47 PM ET
Some experts say camel's milk may help fight a number of diseases, including diabetes, cancer, shingles and autism.
02 February 2016, 02:44 PM ET
Acclaimed writer Amy Tan — author of numerous best-selling novels, collections of essays and children's books — will now also be known for inspiring the name of Chtonobdella tanae, a ground-dwelling leech from Australia.
02 February 2016, 02:16 PM ET
Scientists have decoded the bedbug's genome, and the findings might help researchers develop new ways to exterminate the blood-sucking parasites.
02 February 2016, 02:08 PM ET
A new study found that ravens seem to know when they're being spied upon by a rival who might steal from them, and then take steps to protect their food.
02 February 2016, 12:43 PM ET
Two tiny frogs hiding out in Taiwan are new species to science and it turns out the tadpoles of the newfound tree frogs munch on their mom's gooey, unfertilized eggs. The frogs also have brilliant-colored eyes.
02 February 2016, 08:46 AM ET
Early this morning, the Punxsutawney Phil signaled that spring is near as he saw his shadow in his 130th prediction. How often does he get it right?
01 February 2016, 05:15 PM ET
Punxsutawney Phil may not know it, but groundhogs were part of the menu on Groundhog Day in the late 1800s.