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Anglerfish Mating Finally Caught On Video, Scientists Are Stunned By The Weird Ritual

Scientists have been trying to capture anglerfish mating for decades, but now they have finally managed to get the footage. They are stunned by the weird mating rituals of the fish.

Animals March 23, 2018

The Origami-Like Wings Of Earwigs Could Inform How We Design Foldable Devices

A team of researchers just studied how an earwig folds and unfurls its wings, which appear to employ mechanisms that violate the rules of origami. It’s yet another case of nature influencing design and technology.

Animals March 23, 2018

Sheep’s Wool Explains Why Some People Get Curly Hair, Others Don’t

A team of researchers experimented on a merino sheep’s wool to explain the phenomenon of curly hair. The study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology concluded that hair chemistry and structure are the same in animals and humans.

Animals March 23, 2018

Bats Mimic Other Predators To Find Food All Year Round

A newly published research revealed how bats mimic behavior from the same and different species as they search for food. These findings are crucial in the adaptation and survival of animals.

Animals March 22, 2018

Underwater Twilight Zone Rariphotic Has So Many Undiscovered, Unique Fish Species

A new zone in the ocean called raripothic was discovered to have thousands of still undiscovered fish species. This rare and hidden part of the ocean is regarded as a twilight zone because of its vibrant ecosystem.

Animals March 22, 2018

Dicynodont Fossils Reveal 'Phantom' Mammal Coexisted With Dinosaurs

Sometimes, the biggest discoveries are found when you take a second look. Such is the case of the dicynodonts or Pentasaurus goggai, which first and only remains uncovered only upon reexamining a fossil collection from the 1870s.

Animals March 22, 2018

Sexual Selection: Triceratops Show Off Aggressive Looking Horns To Attract Potential Mates

A new study suggests that dinosaurs may have had horns to show off good genes and attract potential partners. This disputes previously believed information that the purpose of the menacing-looking armor and horns of the Triceratops was for war.

Animals March 22, 2018

Macaque Monkeys Have Learned To Use Tools To Feed Themselves

Researchers have reported to seeing wild macaque monkeys adapting to learn to use tools. They've been observed using tools to open nuts and shuck oysters.

Animals March 21, 2018

Cockroach DNA Reveals Why These Household Pests Are Hard To Kill

DNA analysis revealed that roaches have expanded set of genes that allow them to thrive in filthy environments and consume toxic food. These genes also include those that allow these bugs to regrow broken limbs.

Animals March 21, 2018

World's Last Male Northern White Rhinoceros Is Dead: Is This The End Of The Species?

The last male northern white rhinoceros has died but there is still hope that his death will not mark the end of his species. Here's how conservationists plan to save the species from extinction.

Animals March 20, 2018

Mice Eventually Change Their Appearance After Frequent Exposure To Humans

Dogs, pigs, and rabbits aren’t the only animals that change their appearance and behavior due to domestication. It appears mice go through similar changes as well, according to a new study.

Animals March 17, 2018

Motherly Love: Research Finds That Pythons Are Responsible Parents

Are pythons caring parents? As it turns out, one of the largest snakes on Earth actually cares well for its offspring; a first observation for egg-laying snakes.

Animals March 17, 2018

520 Million-Year-Old Fossilized Brain And Nervous System Of Sea Monster Found In Greenland

A fossilized brain and nervous system of an ancient arthropod were found in northern Greenland recently. Its simple brain gives researchers an idea of what the ancient creature was like.

Animals March 15, 2018

Feathered Dinosaur Archaeopteryx Could Fly But Not Similar To Modern Birds

The archaeopteryx was capable of flying when it lived during the late Jurassic Period 150 million years ago. Analysis of the feathered dinosaur wing bones, however, revealed they did not fly as gracefully as modern birds.

Animals March 14, 2018

Mysterious 'Monster Fish' Washed Ashore On Australian Beach

A mystery fish was found washed ashore on a beach in Australia but was gone the very next day. Is it a sea monster, a living fossil, or a special protected species?

Animals March 11, 2018

These Spiders Evolved In Similar Ways Even If They Were Far Apart And Had Different Genes

In different islands all over Hawaii, there are spiders that have evolved independently into similar colors despite not being closely related. A new study explains why this is.

Animals March 9, 2018

Faceless Toad Discovered In A Forest In Connecticut

A new species of toad has been discovered in a forest in Connecticut. The frog was still alive but it didn't have any eyes, nose, or jaw that could be seen.

Animals March 8, 2018

Ancient Reptile Could Detach Tail To Escape Predators

The ancient reptile captorhinus, which lived in Pangea about 289 million years ago, was capable of detaching its tail to evade predators. Was it capable of regenerating its tail just like modern lizards?

Animals March 8, 2018

Wild Otter On The Loose Attacks Woman Kayaker From Florida

A 77-year old woman from Florida was viciously attacked by a wild river otter while she was kayaking down the Braden river. Warnings were posted after several attacks.

Animals March 8, 2018

Photo Captures Giant Whale Shark Looming Beneath Boat Full Of Tourists

A photo taken at the Ningaloo Reef in Australia showed a giant whale shark with its mouth open swimming underneath a boat with passengers and some think the photo is a fake. Is it?

Animals March 8, 2018

Here’s Why Elephants Don't Get Cancer, According To A New Study

It’s an astonishing fact that elephants, one of the biggest mammals in the world, don’t get cancer. So a team of researchers looked into that and found an interesting discovery.

Animals March 8, 2018

2 Raven Species Merge Through Evolutionary Process 'Speciation Reversal'

Two different lineages of common ravens that have separated and evolved from each other millions of years ago merged again as one. This evolutionary process is known as speciation reversal or lineage fusion.

Animals March 7, 2018

Deadly Spider Milked To Make Anti-Venom Serum To Save Victims Of Lethal Bites

A giant specimen of one of the world's deadliest spiders has been obtained by the Australian Reptile Park. The funnel web spider, named Colossus, will be milked to produce anti-venom.

Animals March 5, 2018

'Supercolony' Of Adelie Penguins Discovered: How Researchers Determined Number Of Birds

A supercolony of Adelie penguins was discovered in the Danger Islands in the northern Antarctic Peninsula. The islands aren't just a penguin hotspot, but they are also important breeding locations for the birds.

Animals March 3, 2018

New Classification Identifies Termites As Cockroaches With Social Hierarchies

Termites no longer have their own order in the insect kingdom. An update on the master list of insect names identified termites as a member of the cockroach family Blattodea.

Animals March 3, 2018

Penguin Supercolony In Antarctica Discovered Through Pictures From Space

NASA satellite imagery revealed telltale signs of guano suggestive of a previously undiscovered penguin supercolony on the Danger Islands in Antarctica. How many birds did researchers survey in the area?

Animals March 2, 2018

The World’s Last Living Male Northern White Rhino Is In Really Bad Shape

The world is about to lose another animal to extinction. Sudan, the last living male northern white rhinoceros, is reportedly not in good health, signaling the possible end of his subspecies.

Animals March 2, 2018

New Species Of Tardigrade Discovered In Japan: How To Find These Tiny Animals

Tardigrades or water bears can be found practically anywhere but they’re so small at less than a millimeter, it’s hard to spot them using the bare eye. Look for them in rocks, trees, and moss.

Animals March 3, 2018

Dolphins Plan Their Hunting Dives Ahead Of Time

Recordings of the sound that dolphins make when hunting for their prey revealed that the cetaceans learn from past dives and plan their next dives. Other air-breathing marine animals may also have a similar ability.

Animals February 28, 2018

New Tardigrade Species That Lays Unique Eggs Dicovered In A Parking Lot In Japan

The newly identified Macrobiotus shonaicus is the 168th tardigrade species discovered in Japan. What are the special characteristics of this microscopic organism that make it different from other previously known tardigrade species?

Animals March 1, 2018

Sexually Transmitted Fungus Takes Over Cicadas, Causes Their Butts To Blow Up

Cicadas are affected by a fungus that takes over their bodies and behavior and ends their lives. The fungus also leads to the cicadas having their butts explode.

Animals February 27, 2018

Barbra Streisand Cloned Her Dead Dog Samantha

Barbra Streisand revealed that she cloned her dog Samantha before her death in 2017. She has two dogs that are cloned from Samantha's cells.

Animals February 27, 2018

DNA Analysis Reveals Interbreeding Among Woolly Mammoth And Other Ancient Elephants

Researchers sequenced the genomes of 14 species of living and extinct species of elephants, including the mastodon and the woolly mammoth. Results revealed that the ancient species practiced widespread interbreeding.

Animals February 27, 2018

Not So Silent After All: Caterpillars Actually Whistle Like Tea Kettles

If you thought that caterpillars don’t make sounds, then you couldn't have been more wrong. The insects actually use the same mechanism as a whistling kettle to cry when attacked by predators.

Animals February 27, 2018

Climate Change Endangers 1.6 Million Breeding Pairs Of Penguins

A new study revealed that climate change will make conditions worse for the king penguins in Antarctica. By the end of the century, 70 percent of them must relocate or else they will die.

Animals February 26, 2018

New Shark Species Discovered In Atlantic Ocean: Here's What Makes The Third Sixgill Shark So Special

Scientists have discovered the third kind of sixgill shark in the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic sixgill shark is smaller than its counterparts in the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean as well as compared to the great white shark.

Animals February 26, 2018

Mane Attraction: Zoologists Still Don't Know Why Bridget The Lioness Grew A Mini Mane

Oklahoma City Zoo's Bridget the lioness began growing a mane last March and zoologists are trying to understand why. While the case is definitely unique, it's not completely unheard of.

Animals February 25, 2018

One In A Million: Rare Yellow Cardinal Spotted In Alabama Backyard

A Northern Cardinal surprised a bird watcher with its unconventional yellow plumage. Could its unique color be a result of genetic mutation, or is the bird having health issues?

Animals February 24, 2018

Big-Nosed Males Are Attractive For Female Proboscis Monkeys: Other Unique Animals Traits That Attract Mates

Male proboscis monkeys tend to have larger testes and more females in their harlem. Here are other animal traits that help attract potential mates during breeding season.

Animals February 25, 2018

Arabica Or Robusta? Birds Love Eating Coffee Beans And Have Preference, Study Says

A recent study found that birds love eating arabica and robusta coffee beans from plantations in India. Like humans, they also have a preference when it comes to coffee beans.

Animals February 24, 2018

Proboscis Monkeys' Nose Size Does Matter For Their Sex Life

Male proboscis monkeys have an advantage when a certain appendage of theirs is larger than that of the others. Mating for these monkeys depends on the size of their nose.

Animals February 23, 2018

All Wild Horses Are Now Extinct, Genetic Study Reveals

Biologists thought that the Przewalski's horses were the last wild horses partly because of their appearance. Genome sequencing revealed that these were feral descendants of earliest-known species of domesticated horses.

Animals February 23, 2018

Deep-Sea Dumbo Octopus Hatchlings Look And Act Like Adults

A video showing an octopus hatchling emerged. This mysterious deep-sea creature has elephant-like ears that looks like the fictional character Dumbo, even scientists are baffled.

Animals February 20, 2018

Cuttlefish Unmasked: Secrets Behind The Cephalopod's 3D Camouflage Skills Revealed

Researchers from the University of Cambridge have unmasked some of the cuttlefish's camouflage secrets. Even with the researchers' new findings, there are still more to learn about the cephalopod.

Animals February 17, 2018

The Bornean Orangutan Population Was Halved From 1999 To 2015: Can The Critically Endangered Species Bounce Back?

A team of researchers calculated that the Bornean orangutan population dropped by about 148,500 from 1999 to 2015. Will the critically endangered species bounce back from the decline, or will it go extinct soon?

Animals February 17, 2018

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