Animals

‘Hell fish’ likely killed by dinosaur-ending asteroid is preserved in stunning detail

Four exceptional fossils represent newly described species. Just beneath the scrubby plains of southern North Dakota at the site of...
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Orcas are attacking boats near Europe. It might be a fad.

Orcas sometimes pick up a behavior for a while and then quit it just as quickly. Orcas are snapping the...
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Amazonian ‘zombie’ fungus bursts through fly’s body in grisly, contest-winning photo

This bug is a ticking time bomb of killer fungus. On a leaf in the Peruvian Amazon, a fly's exoskeleton...
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Beneath Greenland iceberg, scientists find a glowing snailfish with antifreeze coursing through its veins

This helps protect the tadpole-like fish from the cold. Scientists drilling deep into an iceberg off Greenland have discovered a...
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Sea sponges launch slow-motion snot rockets to clean their pores

Time-lapse video reveals the surprising way debris-filled mucus moves out of a sponge’s body The next time you spot a...
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Flower shape and size impact bees’ chances of catching gut parasites

Parasite transmission was lower when the insects landed on long, narrow flowers Bees that land on short, wide flowers can...
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Ed Yong’s ‘An Immense World’ reveals how animals perceive the world

The book showcases the diverse sensory abilities of other creatures Emerald jewel wasps know what cockroach brains feel like. This...
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Sharks: Facts about the ocean’s apex predators

Older than the dinosaurs and ecologically vital, sharks deserve more than our fear. Long portrayed in pop culture as remorseless...
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Octopuses may be so terrifyingly smart because they share humans’ genes for intelligence

Genetic sequences called transposons help regulate learning. Octopuses are brainy creatures with sophisticated smarts, and now scientists have uncovered a...
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Mosquitoes prefer dozing over dining when they are sleep-deprived

Sleepy skeeters lagged behind well-rested ones when offered a researcher’s leg to feed on Turns out there is rest for...
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An ‘acoustic camera’ shows joining the right boy band boosts a frog’s sex appeal

Serenading with like voices may help male wood frogs woo females into their pool Loud sounds matter in both car...
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Breaching humpback whale body slams boat in Mexico, injuring everyone on board

Local authorities suggest the young humpback did it on purpose.   Watching a gigantic whale fly through the air as...
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Why aren’t there polar bears in Antarctica?

Most bears live in the Northern Hemisphere; polar bears are no exception. The Arctic and Antarctica, while similar habitats in...
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Spiders hunt in packs of hundreds to swarm prey

Web vibrations help them coordinate when to strike Pack hunting spiders exist in places other than your nightmares. While most...
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What do ants smell like?

Do some ants smell like chocolate and blue cheese? Skunks are notoriously stinky. The musk ox, true to its name,...
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Indonesian crocodile finally freed from motorbike tire stuck around its neck for 6 years

A local man took matters into his own hands to save the trapped croc. A 13-foot-long (4 meters) crocodile on...
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Male elephant seals aim to get huge or die trying

Only the largest males get to mate, so the pressure to eat and grow is extreme If you’re a male...
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Cat brains are shrinking, and it’s all humans’ fault

House cat skulls have gotten significantly smaller over the last 10,000 years, and so have their brains. Thousands of years...
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Alien hammerhead flatworm named after pandemic

Hammerhead flatworms are often described outside their native range. Scientists have discovered an alien hammerhead flatworm species that looks a...
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Scientists Spent 4 Years Identifying a New Wasp That Only Leaves Its Home For 2 Days

Parasitic gall wasps don't get out much. For the vast majority of their year-long lives, from eggs to larvae, pupae...
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