Animals Archive
24 October 2014, 06:00 PM ET
The vision of jumping spiders is almost equal to the sight of humans. Researchers, however, didn't know how to study the arachnids' visual system for one simple reason: every time they tried to look at the spiders' brains, the animals would explode.
24 October 2014, 04:14 PM ET
Researchers have developed a new technique that helps them peer into the brain of a jumping spider, an arachnid famed for its excellent vision, and record how the brain cells in its visual system process images.
24 October 2014, 04:01 PM ET
It’s difficult to study the jumping spider’s brain, but researchers have found a new technique that lets them analyze the spider’s neural activity.
23 October 2014, 08:15 PM ET
They have a fierce bark and bite!
23 October 2014, 07:29 PM ET
Researchers at Cornell University have been researching the brain processes of Jumping Spiders (Phidippus audax). Credit: Cohen lab (Cornell University), Tsevi Beatus, Paul Shamble, Gil Menda
23 October 2014, 03:15 PM ET
A striking black-and-white photo of lions took first prize at the 50th Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, but the international panel of judges awarded a handful of other gifted artists of all ages.
23 October 2014, 02:37 PM ET
A stunning black-and-white photo of five lionesses relaxing with their cubs in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park has taken the top prize at the 50th Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, held this week at London's Natural History Museum.
23 October 2014, 07:26 AM ET
A fossil tusk rescued from the sea proves mammoths swam to Southern California's Channel Islands much earlier than thought, and they beat humans there.
22 October 2014, 08:25 PM ET
There are only two species of these chomping machines, find out where they are!
22 October 2014, 02:12 PM ET
A new study of fossil records estimates that the 60-foot-long (18 meters) Megalodon shark went extinct 2.6 million years ago.
22 October 2014, 02:08 PM ET
Groups of roving chimpanzees were caught red-handed stealing crops from farmers in Uganda at night by hidden camera traps.
22 October 2014, 01:47 PM ET
Hidden cameras caught chimpanzees in Uganda raiding farmers’ crops at night, an activity possibly brought about by habitat destruction.
22 October 2014, 01:13 PM ET
This highly speculative animation is based upon analysis of a nearly complete Deinocheirus mirificus skeleton. It suggests the dinosaur may have plodded along river bottoms to forage for fish.
22 October 2014, 01:01 PM ET
A duck-billed, humpback, ostrichlike dinosaur has been unearthed in Mongolia at a site illegally excavated by poachers.
22 October 2014, 12:59 PM ET
Sex is older than anyone had ever known. New research reveals that 385 million-year-old fish did the deed — and they may have invented copulation as much as 430 million years ago.
22 October 2014, 12:40 PM ET
The first animals to have sex were tiny armored fish called microbrachius that copulated some 385 million years ago in a square-dancing type maneuver.
22 October 2014, 08:19 AM ET
During the early Permian, carnivores greatly outnumbered herbivores on land, so top predator Dimetrodon supplemented its diet by hunting sharks.
22 October 2014, 07:25 AM ET
A shrewlike creature in Madagascar that can hibernate for at least nine months of the year without waking may help reveal how mammals survived the cataclysm that ended the age of dinosaurs, researchers suggest.
22 October 2014, 07:21 AM ET
A shrewlike mammal that lives in the forests of Madagascar is a living fossil of sorts. The creature can hibernate for nine hours straight.
21 October 2014, 09:06 PM ET
Their horns are made of the same stuff as human fingernails!
21 October 2014, 03:52 PM ET
Spiders — whether you abhor them or adore them, you certainly can't ignore them. We asked our readers to send us their coolest arachnid photos, and they happily obliged.
21 October 2014, 10:51 AM ET
A tiny drone has captured stunning images of a killer whale pod, revealing which whales are pregnant and malnourished.
21 October 2014, 10:35 AM ET
A population of killer whales has been captured playing, chasing prey and socializing in gorgeous video taken by a tiny unmanned drone.
20 October 2014, 02:15 PM ET
Tiny flying drones have captured unprecedented footage of killer whales off the coast of Canada.
17 October 2014, 07:42 PM ET
Entomologist Piotr Naskrecki was taking a nighttime walk in the rainforest in Guyana, when he came across a "Goliath birdeater," possibly the world's largest spider.
17 October 2014, 07:37 PM ET
When a shark is caught for sport, it often dies from its injuries — why are sharks not protected the way other animals are?
17 October 2014, 07:09 PM ET
They have a nasty bite!
17 October 2014, 06:20 PM ET
Imagine a spider as big as a child's forearm that weighs as much as a puppy. That's how huge the South American Goliath birdeater — arguably the world's largest spider — can be.
17 October 2014, 03:25 PM ET
They have black skin under their striped hair!
17 October 2014, 07:24 AM ET
Strange vetulicolians were among the earliest animals on Earth. Now, researchers find an anatomical surprise that puts these creatures in their place on the tree of life.
17 October 2014, 03:59 AM ET
Fossils of bizarre, figure-8 shaped creatures called vetulicolians that lived during the Cambrian Period have now been discovered. And they are our cousins.
16 October 2014, 09:50 PM ET
They're the fastest animal on land and they can turn around in midair!
16 October 2014, 07:45 AM ET
Not unlike humans, male tree frogs call on females to begin the mating game, and females prefer long calls.
15 October 2014, 08:00 PM ET
Kangaroos are marsupials native to Australia. Their babies are called joeys and they live in groups called mobs.
15 October 2014, 04:15 PM ET
The ancestors of modern-day kangaroos, giant marsupials with rabbitlike faces, may have walked upright on two feet, sans any hopping, a new study finds.
15 October 2014, 02:00 PM ET
The unassuming rock goby, a small fish that can be found in rock pools around the United Kingdom, southern Europe and North Africa, is a master of camouflage, a new study finds.