Animals Archive
17 December 2014, 07:09 AM ET
Worldwide reindeer populations are dropping, and researchers say new herding and preservation methods are needed.
16 December 2014, 09:29 PM ET
Camel spiders are not spiders, and they don't eat camels — or people. These arachnids became infamous after the Gulf War.
16 December 2014, 12:46 AM ET
Coral snakes are small, vibrantly colored, highly poisonous snakes found in Asia and in the Americas. When threatened, they make a popping sound with their cloacas — essentially a fart.
13 December 2014, 05:23 PM ET
Higher chances of predation are putting native fauna at risk.
12 December 2014, 04:43 PM ET
With a bump from J.K. Rowling, "Luna" was picked as the name for an orphaned sea otter pup being raised at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium.
12 December 2014, 04:14 PM ET
Stony Brook University scientists have found the skull of a new "large-eyed agile herbivore" species, which may have lived among the later dinosaurs.
12 December 2014, 04:13 PM ET
Cataloguing chimps, berries and other life in Africa, researchers race to protect biodiversity on a warming planet.
12 December 2014, 03:57 PM ET
Researchers working in the Gulf of Mexico are using masses of jellyfish to help identify where the oceanic environment has changed. University of Southern Mississippi's Dr. Monty Graham explains why and how conditions in the water are shifting.
12 December 2014, 03:32 PM ET
Evolutionary biologists have made great strides in understanding bird genetics and discoveries haves helped narrow down their ages and relationships.
12 December 2014, 03:13 PM ET
Birds — like anteaters, baleen whales and turtles — don't have teeth. But this wasn't always the case. The common ancestor of all living birds sported a set of pearly whites 116 million years ago, a new study finds.
12 December 2014, 06:12 AM ET
A sex-changing California fish is growing bigger and gobbling up more sea urchins after a decade of protection, a new study finds.
12 December 2014, 12:47 AM ET
Rattlesnakes are found throughout North and South America. Their distinctive rattle warns intruders to stay away!
11 December 2014, 10:24 PM ET
Funnel-web spiders build funnels out of their webs. Some of these spiders are among the most venomous in the world.
11 December 2014, 02:00 PM ET
A new family tree of the world's bird species may be the most complete one ever made, and reveals some surprising relationships, as well as showing how characteristics such as birdsong evolved.
10 December 2014, 11:54 PM ET
Fish have feelings, birds get pessimistic and octopuses love to play.
10 December 2014, 09:16 PM ET
Garter snakes are some of the most widespread snakes in North America. They can be found from Florida to Alaska.
10 December 2014, 02:05 PM ET
A skull of a small, crow-size dinosaur found in Montana, the oldest horned dinosaur ever found in North America, suggests that these dinos migrated from Asia to North America between 113 million and 105 million years ago.
10 December 2014, 02:01 PM ET
A fossilized skull unearthed in Montana is the oldest horned dinosaur on record in North America, a new study finds.
10 December 2014, 01:30 PM ET
Some of humanity's greatest technologies were inspired by animals. Now, scientists, inspired by the movement-sensing organ of a spider, have developed a wearable sensor that can detect music, recognize speech and monitor a person's heart rate.
10 December 2014, 11:16 AM ET
The deep ocean is home to some truly unusual creatures.
10 December 2014, 07:11 AM ET
Two new species of pseudoscorpions has been discovered in a pitch-black Grand Canyon cave.
10 December 2014, 06:57 AM ET
A salamander tadpole with two seemingly functional heads is born in Israel, and researchers are speculating that environmental pollutants or random mutation may have caused the defect.
10 December 2014, 01:45 AM ET
Squirrels are highly excitable creatures, but new research indicates that stress is actually good for their babies.
09 December 2014, 10:30 PM ET
Thick plates protected this massive dinosaur from predators.
09 December 2014, 07:14 PM ET
An international partnership called the Central African Biodiversity Alliance (CABA) has begun creating a "framework" to conserve thousands of species in the Congo Basin.
09 December 2014, 03:04 PM ET
A bizarre fossil found in China looks like a bird's nest but is actually the remains of an animal shaped like a spiny balloon. The creature appears to have no living evolutionary descendants.
09 December 2014, 02:57 PM ET
How much do you know about creepy and crawly spiders?
09 December 2014, 01:48 PM ET
From chimpanzees to golden puddle frogs, wildlife in the Congo basin is fading in the face of conflict and climate change, but a new effort is tagging hotspots that, if preserved, could save central Africa's world-class biodiversity.
09 December 2014, 01:00 PM ET
The world's most endangered porpoise could go extinct in four or five years if the Mexican government doesn't step up enforcement against illegal fishing.
09 December 2014, 01:00 PM ET
Illegal gillnet fishing in the Gulf of California is driving the vaquita, a tiny, critically endangered and elusive porpoise, to extinction.
09 December 2014, 12:28 PM ET
Inbreeding, poaching, a lack of herders and climate change are contributing to the iconic animal's decline.
09 December 2014, 12:06 AM ET
Research has shown that squirrels exposed to stress hormones grow larger faster, improving survival chances.