Wildlife and Nature

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Human-Size Penguin Fossils Discovered

Scientists believe the 55-million-year old bird would have been the size of a man.<p>The fossilized remains of a giant penguin have been found at Hampden Beach in southern New Zealand. The fossils, researchers believe, came from a 220-pound ancient penguin species that was about five feet, ten inches …

Evolution

This Could Be The First-Ever Video of a Baby Nautilus Hatching

Rejoice, lovers of cute little externally shelled cephalopods! The Monterey Bay Aquarium has captured what could be the first-ever video footage of …

Oceans

20 stunning photos of unreal landscapes, incredible animals, and mesmerizing underwater scenes

This week National Geographic announced the winners of their annual Nature Photographer of the Year Contest.<p>Judges chose winners and honorable mentions from 11,000 entries. The four different catagories included: aerials, landscapes, wildlife, and underwater — and a people's choice award was also …

Nature

California songbirds have figured out a way to outsmart climate change

Aaron Maizlish/Flickr<p>Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p><i>This story was originally published by</i> High Country News <i>and</i> …

Climate Change

Capturing ecology 2017 photo competition - winners in pictures

The British Ecological Society has announced the winners of its annual photography competition, Capturing Ecology. Taken by international ecologists and students, the winning images will be exhibited at the society’s joint annual meeting in Ghent in December

Ecology

Madagascar’s lemurs close to extinction after population crash

Cute they may be, but ring-tailed lemurs are in deep trouble in Madagascar, according to a report listing the world’s 25 most endangered …

Ecology

Invasive frogs give invasive birds a boost in Hawaii

Puerto Rican coqui frogs were accidentally introduced to Hawaii in the 1980s, and today there are as many as 91,000 frogs per hectare in some …

Ecology

Top 25 Most Endangered Primates: the Most Current List

By Mike Gaworecki<p>Earlier this month, a new orangutan species discovered in Sumatra, Indonesia officially became the eighth great ape species known to …

Wildlife

Mexico Just Created an Illinois-Sized Marine Park Off the Baja Peninsula

Baja California is Mexico’s most beautiful coastal destination. It’s home to the country’s most charming resort town. The Sea of Cortez off the …

Oceans

Rare sighting of shark and crocodile feeding on dead humpback whale caught on camera in incredible drone footage

Rare footage showing a crocodile and a shark sharing a meal has been caught by a drone flying off the the coast of Australia.<p>Jeremy Tucker filmed the …

Oceans

Raccoon found with jar stuck on its head in Florida

A raccoon was found to be in a precarious situation Tuesday after being spotted in a tree in Florida.<p>The animal was captured on video climbing a tree in North Naples with a jar stuck over its head.<p>After stopping several times to try to get the jar off, the raccoon also tried to lick the inside.<p>A …

Animals

Asian Elephants Are Now Being Killed for Their Skin

A lawless zone in northeastern Myanmar has cornered the market in a gruesome good: elephant skin jewelry.<p>The smell was ghastly and the sight even worse. Twenty-five elephants lay dead in a riverbed in the Ayeyawady (Irrawaddy) delta in southwestern Myanmar. “The stench is what led villagers to the …

Wildlife

Elusive Wild Dog Caught on Camera in Surprising Place

New camera trap pictures reveal bush dogs north of Panama for the first time.<p>Jan Schipper was hoping for jaguars as he reviewed grainy photographs from camera traps set up around Costa Rica’s Talamanca Mountains.<p>What the biologist saw instead floored him: A short, stocky carnivore that is rarely …

Wildlife

It Took Almost 180 Years to Figure Out the Incredible Way Hummingbirds Drink

Like everything about these birds, the intuitive answer is wrong—and the truth is really weird.<p>When Margaret Rubega first read about how hummingbirds drink, she thought to herself: That can’t possibly be right.<p>Hummingbirds drink nectar using tongues that are so long that, when retracted, they coil …

Birds

Tracking the Elusive Whale Shark

They’re the largest fish in the sea, lumbering quietly in open ocean waters where little has been known about them.<p>The bus-sized whale sharks — docile creatures with a gaping mouth — have recently become endangered, as researchers have been enlisting tourists to help track and identify them.<p>A study …

Whale Sharks

World's Deepest-Living Fish Found Five Miles Beneath the Sea Surface

The oceans’s deepest point is <i>Challenger Deep,</i> a chasm <i></i>almost 11000 meters (36,200 feet) below the surface. Few fish species can stand this dark, …

Oceans

Catch a glimpse of polar bear drama in Smithsonian's 'Polar Bear Town'

As they wait for the water to freeze and the ice to form in the Hudson Bay, more than 1,000 polar bears take up residence in the small town of …

Global Warming

These comedy wildlife photo finalists will make you belly laugh

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards focus on wildlife conservation but lighten the mood with humor.<p>The 2017 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards …

Rare seahorses discovered in the River Thames

It's a sign that the iconic waterway is getting cleaner by the year.<p>Things you’d expect to find in the River Thames: tires, bicycles, shoe soles, …

Prehistoric shark with the head of a toothy snake found swimming off coast

Some things never change, and the frilled shark (<i>Chlamydoselachus anguineus</i>) is one of them.<p>This living fossil of a sea creature dates back at least …

‘Decimated’: Germany’s birds disappear as insect abundance plummets 76%

• <i>A new study in PLOS ONE reveals a 76 percent reduction in Germany’s flying insect biomass over the past 27 years while another reports the country’s</i> …

Bees

The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2017, in pictures

Nature

Coconut crabs also eat birds

For decades, scientists believed the nine-pound coconut crab ate, well, coconuts. But in March 2016, biologist Mark Laidre watched one catch, kill …

Nature

How to Tell the Difference Between Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers

By Kenn and Kimberly Kaufman<p>Downy on the left and hairy on the right. Notice how much larger the hairy woodpecker’s bill looks.<p>Downy woodpeckers are …

'Golden wonder' salamander seen for first time since '75

The Jackson's climbing salamander (<i>Bolitoglossa jacksoni</i>) was believed to be extinct. Humans hadn't seen one since 1975, despite its bright yellow …

This Fish Species Can Actually Repair Brain Damage From Freezing in The Winter

If only we had their abilities.<p>Every winter, the northern European crucian carp gets frozen into the ice, and receives no oxygen. Every spring, when …

The Brain

Will America's Turtles Be Eaten Into Extinction?

Overcollection could lead to the collapse of wild populations, especially in turtle-rich Louisiana.<p>Anyone wanting a gourmet meal in the early 1900s in the United States could always count on finding one special dish: turtle.<p>Whether served as soup or steak, turtle meat made an appearance everywhere …

Wildlife

Mystery of octopuses found crawling along Welsh beach

Up to 25 of the cephalopods end up on dry land, possibly confused or injured by the recent storms<p>Dozens of octopus have been spotted emerging from the ocean and crawling along the Welsh coast in a nightly pilgrimage that has perplexed people at a seaside town.<p>Up to 25 curled octopuses, which grow …

Nature

Shrews shrink their own skulls to survive the winter

When we think about mammals getting ready for winter, our minds turn to last-minute foraging and long periods of hibernation. The notion of critters …