Biological Species

Why some killer whales have curved fins

Contrary to popular belief, fin collapse doesn't just affect captive whales. Biologists think there are several reasons for the phenomenon. Following is a transcript of the video.<p>Contrary to popular belief, it's not just in captive whales. The phenomenon is more common in captivity, but people have …

Science

The Story Behind the Epic Photo of a Snake-Swallowing Frog

Though widely shared, the story behind the photo and its photographer had been a mystery.<p>Before a big storm strikes in North Queensland, Australia, Julie-Anne O'Neill says the air outside begins to teem with life.<p>"Everything goes ballistic. It's like a feeding and mating frenzy," she says.<p>In 2011, …

Nature

Invasive Python Parasites Are Infecting Florida’s Native Reptiles

Invasive Burmese pythons have become the ravenous, ever-multiplying scourge of South Florida. But new research suggests that the snakes have brought …

Environment

These eel-like creatures use their flaccid, squishy skin to survive shark attacks

Flabby skin can save lives<p>Hagfish are jawless, eel-like creatures that are known to spray huge quantities of goo when attacked. Now, scientists have found another defense mechanism that protects these slimy monsters: their flaccid, squishy skin.<p>Researchers attached mako shark teeth to a guillotine …

Fish

The Sumatran rhinoceros is about to go extinct – but are humans to blame?

The Sumatran rhino has been close to the point of extinction for almost one million years and now it’s ‘hanging on a thread’, according to new …

Zoology

Animal Battle semi-final 1: tardigrade vs. Greenland shark

What is Animal Battle?<p>Animals are awesome. But which is the ultimate champion? Over seven weeks, we are pitting some of nature’s most remarkable …

Biology

Threatened Little Animal Believed Locally Extinct Has Been Found Alive

An animal that was believed to have gone locally extinct more than a century ago has been found alive.<p>While doing some routine monitoring in the …

World News

Can bears and people coexist? Scientists find answers with Asheville study | UNC

Bear sightings in Asheville<p>ASHEVILLE — A bear sighting might evoke the instinct to stay away from perceived danger. But for North Carolinian Mike …

Asheville

Two African Penguins Are About to Hatch and You Can Watch Live

You might think that Gizmodo isn’t typically a cute animal blog. But there are currently a pair of penguin eggs at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh …

Environment

512-Year-Old Shark, Believed To Be Oldest Living Vertebrate, Found In North Atlantic

Researchers have found an ancient shark in North Atlantic, believed to be 512 years old, which could be the oldest living vertebrate in the world. …

World News

Underwater robots reveal the cannibalistic all-you-can-eat-buffet of the deep sea

Bon appétit!<p>The deep sea is filled with scaly and gelatinous creatures feasting on each other — and now we have an unprecedented view into this cannibalistic all-you-can-eat buffet.<p>Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have analyzed 30 years’ worth of videos taken by …

Oceans

The Year in Animal Accomplishments

Celebrating 10 of the greatest things creatures did in 2017.<p>The Twitter account We Rate Dogs does indeed rate dogs. The lowest rating it has ever …

Culture

Inequality grew as ancient people domesticated animals - Futurity

An analysis of archeological sites on four continents links increasing wealth inequality and the domestication of animals like cattle and horses.

Culture

Endangered growling grass frogs take up residence at Melbourne school oval

The discovery of an endangered frog on a Melbourne school oval has led to the creation of a thriving amphibian habitat.<p>A growling grass frog was …

Lizards share more than love

<i>Last updated December 14, 2017 at 11:36 am</i><p>Photo courtesy Dr Orr Spiegel, University of California Davis USA.<p>Research led by Flinders University for …

Australian Universities

In a tally of nerve cells in the outer wrinkles of the brain, a dog wins

If more nerve cells mean more smarts, then dogs beat cats, paws down, a new study on carnivores shows. That harsh reality may shock some friends of …

Molecular Biology

This 5,000-pound behemoth is the world's heaviest bony fish

The heaviest bony fish ever caught weighs in at a staggering 5,070 lbs. (2,300 kilograms). Now, scientists know its name.<p>The fish is a <i>Mola alexandrini</i> ocean sunfish, researchers reported Dec. 5 in the journal Ichthyological Research. Originally, the fish, which was caught in 1996, was misidentified …

Scuba Diving

Don't Trust a Leopard Seal Smile (Facts About the Cute, Deadly Animals)

If you get the opportunity to take an Antarctic cruise, you may be lucky enough to see a leopard seal in its natural habitat. The leopard seal</i> …

Wildlife

Scientists sequence extinct Tasmanian tiger's genome - Futurity

The sequenced genome of the Tasmanian tiger reveals that the iconic Australian animal would have struggled to survive had it not gone extinct.

Biology

Even wild mammals have regional dialects

Researchers from Cardiff University's Otter Project have discovered that genetically distinct populations of wild otters from across the UK have …

Ecology

Invasive species included in Inverness eDNA research

<b>Researchers hope environmental DNA (eDNA) can provide new information on the behaviour and abundance of native and invasive waterlife.</b><p>The species being studied include freshwater pearl mussels and also non-native American signal crayfish and Pacific pink salmon.<p>Sources of eDNA include shed skin, …

Nature

Penguins the Size of Humans Once Walked the Earth

Sixty million years ago, penguins the size of a 5’6” human roamed modern New Zealand, according to a paper published in <i>Nature Communications</i>. The …

Evolution

There’s always a bigger fish: Animals named after Star Wars creatures and characters

The Star Wars universe is not just inspiration for young padwans, it also provides rich pickings for biologists needing names for new species.<p><i>Spot</i> …

Star Wars

It’s time for Trilobite Tuesday. These ancient arthropods have been scientifically studied for...

<b></b>It’s time for Trilobite Tuesday. These ancient arthropods have been scientifically studied for nearly two centuries. But even after all that time—and …

Natural History

New Documentary Delights With Spectacular Visuals of the Panama Isthmus, A Migratory Superhighway

Scientists from all over the world come to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Center to study this unique region<p>Comment on this Story

Nature

Saving the Vaquita Porpoise

<b>Operation Milagro IV, which takes place in Mexico's Sea of Cortez, is Sea Shepherd's campaign to save the most endangered marine mammal in the world:</b> …

Sailing

Ancient Penguins Were Giant Waddling Predators

The 57 million-year-old fossil is both fearsome and comical: a long-beaked penguin that stood 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighed about 220 pounds.<p>“It was as tall as a medium-sized man,” said Gerald Mayr, a paleontologist at the Senckenberg Research Institute in Frankfurt, Germany, and lead author of …

Science

One Of World's Most Venomous Spiders Invading Homes

Wikimedia<p><b>One of the world’s most venomous spiders has been found invading homes and somebody is offering chicken nuggets as payment to remove one</b> …

New South Wales

Just How Rare Is That Giant Python Captured in the Everglades?

A snake hunter caught a 17-foot-1-inch-long (5 meters) Burmese python near the Big Cypres National Preserve in the Everglades on Dec. 1, breaking the …

Science

Scientists obtain Tasmanian Tiger genome, and might even bring it back from extinction

Earth lost a truly unique species when Benjamin, the last known thylacine — commonly called the Tasmanian tiger — died in captivity in early …

Science