Animals Archive
29 May 2014, 11:57 AM ET
Many animals camouflage themselves to avoid being eaten by predators, but few are as strange as a spider that disguises itself as bird poop.
29 May 2014, 10:30 AM ET
Orb-web spiders use their body color and web decorations to masquerade as bird droppings to avoid predators.
28 May 2014, 05:00 PM ET
Muskellunges, the biggest freshwater fish in North America, are easier to catch during the full and new moons, likely because they have different feeding habits then.
28 May 2014, 05:00 PM ET
Female scorpions are more aggressive because their extra weight makes it difficult to sprint quickly, new research suggests
28 May 2014, 02:56 PM ET
There are more than 260 known species of monkeys in the world.
28 May 2014, 01:29 PM ET
Firefighters from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge rescued five wolf pups from an abandoned den while battling the Funny River Fire.
28 May 2014, 10:30 AM ET
Dozens of nearly complete skeletons of prehistoric marine reptiles have been uncovered near a melting glacier in southern Chile.
28 May 2014, 10:29 AM ET
Dozens of nearly complete fossils of marine reptiles known as ichthyosaurs were found in sedimentary rock near the Tyndall glacier in southern Chile.
28 May 2014, 08:46 AM ET
The British Virgin Islands recently became the third Caribbean territory to declare its waters a safe haven for sharks. The decision to establish a shark sanctuary bans shark fishing throughout the territory.
28 May 2014, 03:59 AM ET
Handcuffs, spikes and traps – you would think they were part of some bondage aficionado’s bedroom collection. But what are they doing in the insect world?
27 May 2014, 10:24 PM ET
As of this week, 150 million acres of Amazon rainforest are now safe.
27 May 2014, 07:08 PM ET
A new fossil of a bird with stomach full of pollen suggests bird pollination began as early as 47 million years ago, pushing back the onset of ornithophily, or bird pollination, by about 17 million years, researchers say.
27 May 2014, 03:29 PM ET
Newly realized Zebra migration breaks mammal record, spanning five nations.
27 May 2014, 12:25 PM ET
"Dog people" and "cat people" really do have different personalities, according to a new study.
27 May 2014, 11:42 AM ET
The World Wildlife Fund, Namibia’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism and Elephants Without Borders has collared 8 zebras to track their movements across Africa, information critical to conservation.
27 May 2014, 11:31 AM ET
The flight habits of birds, bats and insects could inspire new designs of flying robots, say scientists who are using nature as a guide for developing innovative drone technologies.
27 May 2014, 11:17 AM ET
A spider's fangs are natural injection needles, making them perfectly suited for piercing the skeletons of their prey and delivering a kiss of venom.
27 May 2014, 11:04 AM ET
A vaccine against Ebola virus that uses so-called virus-like particles instead of live, infectious virus triggers promising immune reactions in laboratory chimpanzees, researchers say.
25 May 2014, 01:00 PM ET
It's not everyday you see a mouse with a mohawk. But that's what researchers saw while studying mice that had a genetic mutation linked to autism.
23 May 2014, 03:13 PM ET
As of this week, 150 million acres of Amazon rainforest are now safe.
23 May 2014, 12:26 PM ET
23 May 2014, 10:27 AM ET
Foxes are found all over the world. In folklore, foxes are typically characterized as cunning creatures sometimes having magical powers.
22 May 2014, 02:08 PM ET
Ostriches and their flightless relatives like elephant birds are found across the globe not because continental drift forced them apart, but rather, the ancestors of these birds spread across the world through flight, and only later became flightless.
22 May 2014, 10:02 AM ET
With an underwater camera attached to his head, a diver captured a scary encounter with a great white shark off the coast of Florida.
22 May 2014, 07:37 AM ET
Snails you can see through and wasps so small as to be invisible are among the most amazing new species of 2014, a list that also includes a teddy bear-like carnivore and anemones that live on Antarctic ice.
22 May 2014, 07:36 AM ET
From transparent snails to fairy wasps, the top ten new species of 2014 are amazing and beautiful. The list includes species named by science over the previous year and is drawn from a pool of more than 18,000 possible winners.
21 May 2014, 03:31 PM ET
Sloths spend most of their time sleeping and eating in the tropical rainforests of South and Central America.
21 May 2014, 09:40 AM ET
Thanks to the efforts of a history-obsessed third-grader, South Carolina now has a state fossil — the Columbian mammoth. Opposition from creationist state legislators had stalled the initiative, but Gov. Nikki Haley made the state fossil official.
20 May 2014, 07:20 PM ET
Research suggests the deep sea has played a much greater role in producing and preserving diversity in marine life than once thought. Photos take a look at deep-sea creatures, past and present.
20 May 2014, 07:01 PM ET
Lab animals aren't the only ones that run on exercise wheels. Motion-activated cameras captured mice, rats, frogs and even slugs using wheels in the wild.
20 May 2014, 07:01 PM ET
Despite their epic migrations, humpback whale populations in different oceans are genetically distinct subspecies, new research finds.
20 May 2014, 07:01 PM ET
Motion-activated video cameras captured mice, frogs and even snails and slugs on an exercise wheel in the wild. A study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B shows that wheel-running is not limited to captive animals.