Biological Species

Female Vampire Bat Friendships Run Deep

Vampire bats are more often associated with horror stories than heartwarming rom-coms, which is why this might come as some surprise: female vampire …

Life Sciences

Your Horse's Cartilage Has Bling

Thus far, horses are the only species found to have crystals in their cartilage cell mitochondria.<p>Within the rubberlike cartilage that helps pad and …

Zoology

Endlings are the last remaining member of an extinct species

I think one of the saddest things that I’ve learned through out the sum total of my life on earth, is that we used to have way more species of …

Life Sciences

These mysterious tube-like animals are invading Canada's coastline

The bioluminescent sea creatures started showing up along the coastline of British Columbia about two years ago.<p>The soft, spongy, animals are called pyrosomes and they are not normally found in the Pacific Northwest.<p>So why are they in BC's waters?<p>CBC Canada is reporting that millions of the sea …

Oceans

Scientists finally think they know why eggs have different shapes

Even if you started off your morning with a nice omelette, you probably didn’t spare a thought for where it came from, but scientists have long …

Zoology

These unsuspecting boaters got a whale of a surprise

They got a whale of a surprise.<p>A group of New Jersey boaters were bobbing near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Thursday when a massive humpback whale …

Humpback Whales

All the Animals That Love Touchscreens

From wolves to penguins to tortoises, creatures of all stripes are discovering the joys of computing. Could it improve their lives?<p>As an aviculturist …

Animal Behavior

How giant Burmese pythons regenerate their organs

They can double the size of their heart.<p>Scientists have discovered how the organs of the massive Burmese python manage to dramatically increase after …

Zoology

This glass frog wears its heart for all to see

A newly discovered glass frog from Ecuador’s Amazon lowlands is giving researchers a window into its heart.<i>Hyalinobatrachium yaku</i> has a belly so …

Frogs

Italy has its own subspecies of bear – but there are only 50 left

It’s hard to believe that just a few hours drive from Rome, a small population of bears has survived in isolation for thousands of years. They live …

Wildlife

Villagers suspect bestiality after 'half human, half lamb' is born to ewe

Authorities assured locals the deformed lamb was "not a progeny of sheep ovum and a human sperm".<p>South African authorities have moved to calm …

Zoology

Earth - The animals that are almost invisible

We’ve all heard of chameleons, squid and octopus using pigments to blend in with their surroundings, but what about becoming completely invisible? To become actually see through, and appear as if you aren’t there, you need to either allow light to travel through you unimpeded, or bend light around …

Life Sciences

Common Slug Eater rescued near Uitzicht, Durbanville — Blouberg Snake Rescue

I collected this <b>Common Slug-Eater</b> from a house near <b>Uitzicht</b> (<i>Durbanville</i>) earlier today – the owners had captured it in a plastic bin and I helped …

Life Sciences

Dancing Gorilla Is a Maniac, Maniac ... at Your Door!

NOBODY PUTS GORILLA IN THE CORNER!!<p>Here's 14-year-old up-and-coming dancer <b>Zola</b> showing off his moves in a kiddie pool at the Dallas Zoo ... which …

Animal Behavior

Scientists honor David Bowie by naming a 100-million-year-old wasp after David Bowie

David Bowie's memory is being preserved in a pretty unexpected way.<p>Nearly a year and a half after the "Space Oddity" singer's death, scientists have named a new, 100-million-year-old extinct species of wasps after him. The announcement was made in a paper in the latest edition of the <i>Journal of</i> …

David Bowie

6 New Species of Fish Found in the “Twilight Zone” of Easter Island

Easter Island, renowned for its giant stone carvings, may have a new claim to fame: A treasure trove of tropical fish. In a paper released last …

Oceans

2 humpback whales die after stranding on Monomoy Island

Researchers are investigating what caused two humpback whales to beach and die on Cape Cod Wednesday.<p>The first of the whales was reported stranded by …

Boston

The Little Brown Bat’s Mighty Talent

On this day in 1937, a scientifically important bat met researchers in Mashpee, Massachusetts.<p>The researchers put a band on a little brown bat that …

Life Sciences

Giant squid grabs paddleboard as man intervenes in odd encounter; video

A paddleboarder off Melkbosstrand, South Africa, spotted a giant squid just beyond the waves and believed it was injured, so he thought it was a good …

Animals

DC's tiny, endangered species reveals itself

A new study used DNA gathered from stream water to confirm the presence of a tiny endangered crustacean within miles of the White House.<p>The Hay's …

Life Sciences

Love Crab

The yearly citizen science crab orgy is upon us<p>When Polly Lodge walked onto the Stone Harbor beach in New Jersey, the sun was just starting to set, …

Life Sciences

Scientists discover four new species of burrowing frogs in the Western Ghats

Scientists had earlier thought they all belonged to the same species.<p>Scientists studying the Western Ghats in southern India have discovered four new …

Life Sciences

Here's how many shark attacks there are per year and if there's any in Britain

BRITISH waters are home to more than 40 different species of shark including the second largest fish in the world – the basking shark.<p>So which …

Oceans

These Creatures Pulled From Australia's Eastern Abyss are Unbelievable.

A group of scientists recently took a trip to Australia's Eastern Abyss; a region whose depths have yet to be explored truly. What they found there …

Oceans

Extremely Rare and Weird Blind Fish Found in South China Cave

The humpback golden line barbel also has a mysterious little horn.

Life Sciences

The case for protecting half the Earth in its natural condition

E.O. Wilson wants to finish what Carl Linnaeus started 300 years ago: cataloguing and naming all of Earth's species.<p>But we're only 20% of the way …

Ecology

Wildlife laws aren't ready for the return of extinct species

<i>Our Expert Voices conversation on de-extinction.</i><p>"De-extinction" raises fundamental questions about the relationship between humans and nature and how …

University of Wisconsin

Shrinking whales study could lead to early warning system for endangered species

Research showing whales were shrinking in size ahead of a global population collapse last century may help scientists set up a means to detect a …

Australian Universities

Grateful Chimpanzee Doubles Back to Give Jane Goodall a Big Hug After Being Released Into the Wild

In June of 2013, Dr. Jane Goodall and team set out to release a chimpanzee named Wounda back into the wild. Wounda had spent a great deal of time at …

Animal Behavior

Aggression and Fear Can Be Reduced in Specific Dog Breeds

Source: Doug Pieper photo - Creative Content License<p>"Breed-Specific Legislation is not the answer!", was the emphatic exclamation of a colleague of …

Animal Behavior