We live on a planet with millions of species of animals -and a rich, diverse collection of known wildlife, and yet new species are being identified seemingly every day — both living and extinct.
Whether it’s the deadliest snakes, longest-living creatures or the history of the dinosaurs, at Live Science, our expert writers are here to help you understand Earth's incredible fauna — past and present — with the latest animal news, features and articles.
A bizarre dragon-like creature that lived during the Triassic period used its remarkably long neck to hunt unsuspecting prey in shallow water, scientists have found.
The adorable 1-year-old male calf was filmed enjoying playtime in Kruger National Park in South Africa.
Reference Tardigrades, often called water bears or moss piglets, are near-microscopic animals that are extremely resilient.
Snakes have an evolutionary clock that ticks a lot faster than many other groups of animals, allowing them to diversify and evolve at super quick speeds, researchers have discovered.
Researchers recently discovered an "incredible number" of potential new marine species, as well as a handful of hefty new seamounts while exploring the deep sea off the coast of Chile.
The northern green anaconda has been identified as a new species after genetic analysis showed it split from its southern counterpart 10 million years ago.
Remotely operated vehicle on a research dive captures close-up video of a beady-eyed gulper eel with a parasitic copepod permanently attached to its body.
First ever documented evidence of a fungus, suspected to be a Mycena species, growing on the body of a seemingly healthy frog.
The discovery of predatory dinosaurs in marine sediments in Morocco suggests life was abundant and diversifying at the end of the Cretaceous period.
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