Animals Archive
04 January 2015, 09:39 AM ET
The clam initially fought off the mantis with its tentacles, which were found to contain high levels of sulphur. The mantis can be seen backing away and entering a "catatonic state" after interacting with the tentacles. The relentless mantis attacked
02 January 2015, 05:25 PM ET
The monarch butterfly, once common across the United States, could soon end up on the Endangered Species List.
31 December 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Ancient coyotes hunted large prey, and had larger jaws and sharper teeth to bring down their choice meals than modern-day coyotes do, a new study reports.
31 December 2014, 01:16 PM ET
A newly described species of frog is the only frog known to give birth to live tadpoles, researchers say.
31 December 2014, 09:11 AM ET
The Eva and spider 3D scanners helped celebrated paleontologist Louise Leakey digitally record the details of 1.8-million-year-old fossils found by her family and their colleagues in the 1970s and 1980s in Kenya.
31 December 2014, 09:10 AM ET
The cracked and broken bones of a 1.8-million-year-old crocodile, elephant and giant tortoise are now recorded in meticulous detail, thanks to cutting-edge 3D scanners.
30 December 2014, 12:40 PM ET
A coyote hunter in Utah mistakenly shot and killed an endangered gray wolf, which wildlife groups worry was the same wolf photographed near the Grand Canyon this fall.
29 December 2014, 01:27 PM ET
The new "Jurassic World" movie trailer features growling, grunting and shrieking dinosaurs. These bellows may make for good entertainment at theaters, but do paleontologists actually know how dinosaurs sounded?
24 December 2014, 11:46 PM ET
Wolf spiders are large hunting spiders that exhibit unique parenting habits.
24 December 2014, 11:33 PM ET
The term "daddy longlegs" can refer to three different types of bugs, and only one of them is a spider.
23 December 2014, 11:50 PM ET
Brachiosaurus stood taller than most dinosaurs.
23 December 2014, 11:28 PM ET
There are more than 800 species of these hairy, nocturnal archnids.
23 December 2014, 11:01 AM ET
Fossilized rod and cone cells — the kinds that help people see — have been discovered for the first time, researchers say.
22 December 2014, 09:41 PM ET
Garden spiders are the creators of the delicate, circular, spoked webs that are the classic image of a spider web.
22 December 2014, 08:50 PM ET
The black mamba is one of the fastest and deadliest snakes in the world. Two drops of its venom can kill a person.
22 December 2014, 04:38 PM ET
Weddell seals have an amazing ability to dive deep and swim far for food, but how do they find their way back?
22 December 2014, 03:27 PM ET
Scientists have long wanted to know whether modern hands are related to the fins of fish, and now a new study finally reveals these structures are, indeed, related.
21 December 2014, 12:40 PM ET
'Tis the season to be jolly, and what could be more jolly than amusing animal stories? Here are some of our favorite holiday critters.
21 December 2014, 02:42 AM ET
Are seals using the Earth's magnetism to orient themselves under the ice?
20 December 2014, 05:56 PM ET
Long before satellites and weather models, people looked to nature for clues to predict the upcoming harshness of the coldest, darkest days of the year.
19 December 2014, 05:03 PM ET
From humanoid robots to machine guns, here are five da Vinci inventions that were truly before their time.
18 December 2014, 05:14 PM ET
Animal-rights advocates seeking "personhood" for chimpanzees want to take their case to the highest court in New York State.
18 December 2014, 02:41 PM ET
The large carnivores of Europe — such as bears, wolves, lynx and wolverines — are experiencing a resurgence, even in nonprotected areas.
18 December 2014, 02:31 PM ET
Fool's gold helps preserve the bodies of some of the world's oldest animals. Sulfur-eating bacteria in the ocean helped the process of fossilization along.
18 December 2014, 01:02 PM ET
This Christmas, instead of wishing for reindeer on the roof, consider wishing for wild reindeer to get some much needed help.
17 December 2014, 09:28 AM ET
Life didn't immediately rebound after the world's greatest extinction, but cropped up in fits and starts.
17 December 2014, 08:46 AM ET
Even the editors of serious scientific journals are not immune to the charms of sleepy koalas and penguins playing with robots. The video team at Nature picked their top 10 favorite science stories involving cute animals (and some bots) of this year.
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.