Animals Archive
27 March 2015, 04:42 PM ET
With camera traps, stunning photos catch wildlife off guard.
27 March 2015, 01:29 PM ET
Yawunik kootenayi, a new Cambrian predator with a wicked set of arms under its four-eyed face, reveals that early arthropods were experimentalists.
27 March 2015, 11:00 AM ET
An extinct marine predator called Yawunik kootenayi is the first new species reported from the stunning Marble Canyon fossil site in British Columbia’s Kootenay National Park. Here are images of the amazing creature.
27 March 2015, 10:30 AM ET
A Burgess Shale arthropod Yawunik kootenayi fossil was found in Marble Canyon in Kootenay National Park in Canada. This animation of its movement was derived from the fossil’s structure.
26 March 2015, 05:42 PM ET
If bringing extinct animals back to life sounds like science fiction, that's because it is. But scientists have taken a small step closer to that goal, by splicing a woolly mammoth's DNA into elephant cells grown in the lab.
26 March 2015, 03:14 PM ET
It turns that the two most invasive termite species can interbreed. Coptotermes formosanus and Coptotermes gestroi have invaded Florida and the damage to structures in their way could be substantial.
26 March 2015, 11:43 AM ET
A bird-inspired robotic wing could improve how drones hover and fly. In this video, the bio-inspired wing flaps and recovers after colliding with various obstacles.
26 March 2015, 08:00 AM ET
In a March Madness-style tournament, Live Science is looking to settle the debate about which creature is the deadliest in the Animal Kingdom.
25 March 2015, 07:07 AM ET
Geckos can hang by their toe hairs, scamper up walls and regrow their tails. They've even gone to space. Geckos are amazing creatures with a toolbox full of tricks that science is continuing to uncover.
24 March 2015, 04:36 PM ET
A fingernail-size frog that can morph its skin texture from spiny to smooth in just minutes is the first shape-shifting amphibian ever found, according to a new report.
23 March 2015, 10:21 PM ET
Giganotosaurus was one of the largest meat-eating dinosaurs.
23 March 2015, 09:54 PM ET
Fungi are peculiar beings at the best of times. Once believed to be closely related to plants, they are now understood to be more closely related to animals.
23 March 2015, 08:01 PM ET
Researchers have discovered a mass graveyard filled with the bones of a giant amphibian that lived between 220 million and 230 million years ago in what is today southern Portugal.
23 March 2015, 08:01 PM ET
The "super salamander" with a toilet-seat-shaped head may have perished some 220 million to 230 million years ago alongside hundreds of its kin when its lake home dried up, researchers say.
23 March 2015, 07:14 PM ET
Outside the world of cartoons and children's books, the frog color palette is much more than green.
20 March 2015, 05:08 PM ET
With camera traps, wild animals have no more secrets.
20 March 2015, 11:24 AM ET
A potentially gruesome subject, the uterus of a pregnant pony with a fetus sticking out, shines in a beautiful photograph that snagged first place in the Wellcome Image Awards this year.
20 March 2015, 07:27 AM ET
Mudskipper fish use their "hydrodynamic tongues" to exude water from their mouths and then quickly suck it back up once it submerges the food, a finding that could shed light on how animals with backbones first invaded land.
19 March 2015, 10:41 PM ET
Diplodocus was a long-necked, long-tailed dinosaur that roamed western North America.
19 March 2015, 07:06 AM ET
People with aquariums have been collecting strange-looking crabs called "vampire crabs" for years. Now, researchers know where these crabs came from.
19 March 2015, 06:57 AM ET
A giant crocodile ancestor with bladelike teeth once stalked the warm and wet environs of what is now North Carolina some 230 million years ago, before dinosaurs came onto the scene there, scientists have found.
18 March 2015, 06:00 PM ET
When danger nears, orangutans warn their group with alarm calls, and new research shows that the animals sometimes cup their hands around their muzzles, making these calls louder and deeper.
18 March 2015, 05:44 PM ET
The catfish, with its dark, bulbous eyes and sucker mouth, resembles the wacky-looking bounty hunter, Greedo, in a "Star Wars" film. The fish lives along Brazil's Gurupi River.
18 March 2015, 02:36 PM ET
A new study highlights the evolutionary history of two extinct mammals. Both were first collected by Charles Darwin, who speculated that the wacky mammals must be related to smaller ones still alive today. So sprung his theory of evolution.
16 March 2015, 04:10 PM ET
A 17-million-year-old beaked whale fossil is helping researchers solve a puzzle about the likely birthplace of humanity in East Africa, a new study finds.
16 March 2015, 12:30 PM ET
The yeti, a legendary shaggy, bipedal beast from the Himalayas, made headlines last year when a geneticist said he had solved the mystery of its origins. But now, scientists have found the hair samples used in that study came from a Himalayan brown bear.
12 March 2015, 05:13 PM ET
A rare leatherback turtle stranded on a remote South Carolina beach was released back into the wild today (March 12).
12 March 2015, 01:57 PM ET
See photos of wildlife experts in South Carolina rescuing a stranded leatherback turtle on March 7, 2015.
12 March 2015, 07:21 AM ET
For some people, the price of a pet's health is never too high. A team of veterinarians in Scotland performed a set of operations on pet goldfish that cost nearly $800.
11 March 2015, 04:00 PM ET
Long before they shared the landscape with modern humans, Neanderthals in Europe developed a sharp sense of style, wearing eagle claws as jewelry, new evidence suggests.
11 March 2015, 02:54 PM ET
A remarkably well-preserved fossil of 480-million-year-old sea monster is helping researchers understand the evolution of arthropods.
11 March 2015, 02:54 PM ET
A 480-million-year-old fossil is giving paleontologists new insights into a sea monsterlike creature called an anomalocaridid, which is an ancestor of modern-day arthropods such as lobsters and scorpions, a new study finds.
11 March 2015, 02:21 PM ET
One of the earliest animals with a backbone to walk on land may have been more like the modern crocodile than previously thought, according to 3D computer models of its skull, researchers say.
11 March 2015, 01:47 PM ET
This week, panda parents Bai Yun and Gao Gao made their first breeding attempt since 2012.