Animals Archive
15 July 2014, 12:12 PM ET
For African elephants in zoos, obesity is likely contributing to infertility. To combat problem, one group of researchers is looking for a better way to measure body fat on the huge animals.
15 July 2014, 11:25 AM ET
Changyuraptor had long feathers on both its forelimbs and its hind limbs, giving it the appearance of having four wings, researchers say.
14 July 2014, 05:32 PM ET
More than 18 dinosaur skeletons illegally taken from Mongolia were formally returned to their homeland during a ceremony in New York last week, U.S. authorities announced.
14 July 2014, 05:18 PM ET
Unhealthy foods like white bread and crackers cause the wing deformity, which inhibits the birds ability to fly, and can result in death. The Humane Society of the United States strongly advises not to feed wildlife.
14 July 2014, 03:00 PM ET
On a ranch in northwestern Sonora, Mexico, archaeologists have discovered 13,400-year-old Clovis points mingled with bones from an extinct elephant relative called the gomphothere.
14 July 2014, 09:51 AM ET
CT Scanning has revealed the grim last moments to two ancient mammoth calves that choked on mud more than 40,000 years ago.
11 July 2014, 08:18 PM ET
CT Scanning and detailed analysis has revealed the grim last moments for two baby mammoths (named Lyuba and Khroma by researchers) about 42,000 years ago.
11 July 2014, 01:58 PM ET
Losing yourself in an acting role might be difficult, but imagine how hard it is if the human you're playing isn't human at all. Karin Konoval, who plays the orangutan Maurice in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" talks about the transformation.
11 July 2014, 11:00 AM ET
A new video features a bunch of black swans catching some waves at a beach on Australia's Gold Coast. The swans appear to be having fun, and they're not alone — plenty of animals have fun, experts say.
10 July 2014, 12:21 PM ET
Chimpanzees don't just get their smarts by aping others — chimps, like humans, inherit a significant amount of their intelligence from their parents, new research reveals.
10 July 2014, 12:03 PM ET
Specialized bone structure makes skinny giraffe legs sturdy enough to support 1 ton of body weight.
10 July 2014, 10:48 AM ET
A new snapshot of U.S. methane emissions in 2004 found 40 percent higher methane levels from livestock than had been estimated by the Environmental Protection Agency.
09 July 2014, 06:31 PM ET
A group of black swans were spotted catching some waves on Australia’s Gold Coast, apparently for fun.
09 July 2014, 05:43 PM ET
Satellites could be a promising tool for tracking Arctic wildlife on the ground, a new study suggests.
09 July 2014, 05:25 PM ET
A Northern anchovy school was the largest group of anchovies ever seen offshore of La Jolla in the last 30 years.
09 July 2014, 03:44 PM ET
A massive school of anchovies swarmed offshore of La Jolla, San Diego, on July 8, 2014. Scientists with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography swam with the silvery fish and collected samples for study. FULL STORY: http://goo.gl/4NpJe6
09 July 2014, 02:02 PM ET
Gorillas can turn on and off their musky, pungent smell depending on the social situation — in essence, communicating by scent.
09 July 2014, 01:19 PM ET
Seahorses don't neigh, but they do click when feeding or courting and growl when under threat, new research finds.
09 July 2014, 01:14 PM ET
Audio from long-snout seahorses have been recorded by researchers. Clicking sounds were recorded during courtship. Growling sounds were induced grabbing the seahorse and holding it in place under water.
09 July 2014, 12:48 PM ET
A new study blames the "long tail" for mass extinction of the amazing sea creatures called ammonites.
09 July 2014, 12:44 PM ET
Eighteen baby mountain gorillas were named during Kwita Izina, the annual gorilla naming ceremony in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.
09 July 2014, 12:30 PM ET
During the 2014 Kwita Izina, the annual gorilla naming ceremony in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park, 18 baby gorillas got their names.
09 July 2014, 09:27 AM ET
The gait of a 410-million-year-old precursor to spiders has been recreated based on fossilized specimens.
08 July 2014, 07:01 PM ET
Gigantic sea scorpions that lurked in the ocean more than 400 million years ago weren't as scary as they sound, a new study suggests.
08 July 2014, 05:02 PM ET
Researchers have studied X-ray images of a 410-million-year-old arachnid (8 legged invertebrate) to recreate how they moved. FULL STORY: http://goo.gl/ImtdlA
08 July 2014, 03:31 PM ET
: Two new mammal fossils, including a never-before-described hedgehog, are the first mammals found at an Eocene fossil site in British Columbia. The fossils help fill in a gap in a time period known mostly from fossils in the United States and the Arctic.
08 July 2014, 03:30 PM ET
Two pipsqueak mammals have been discovered in British Columbia, revealing a tapir and hedgehog that lived along a lake during the Eocene Epoch some 52 million years ago.
08 July 2014, 02:00 PM ET
A single gene that controls male and female sexes in one organism evolved from a simpler precursor gene in a unicellular algae, new research suggests.
08 July 2014, 09:24 AM ET
A "world-class" dinosaur track site discovered within Denali National Park shows herds of duck-billed dinosaurs once tramped through muddy rivers in family groups.
08 July 2014, 09:16 AM ET
Dinosaur hunters discovered thousands of tracks from a herd of duck-billed dinosaurs, or hadrosaurs, in Alaska's Denali National Park. Here are images of the spectacular fossil find.
07 July 2014, 03:02 PM ET
The largest flying bird known to ever have lived has now been revealed, an extinct giant with a wingspan more than twice as big as that of the largest living flying bird. The bird, researchers say, is like something out of a fantasy novel.
07 July 2014, 03:01 PM ET
This extinct flier would've sported a wingspan of some 17 feet across, gliding through the skies about 25 million years ago and taking out prey with toothy projections from its jaw.