Animals

‘Wild Souls’ explores what we owe animals in a human-dominated world

The book grapples with the ethical dilemmas of saving Earth’s animals On the Arctic Ocean’s fringe, polar bears stand on...
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Climate change may rob male dragonfly wings of their dark spots

Shadowy areas are a heat-absorbing liability, but losing them may mess with the insects’ mating Many dragonflies zip through the...
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Focusing on Asian giant hornets distorts the view of invasive species

A withered old male hornet shows that repeat invasions are the not-so-new normal Fingers crossed for finding nothing: July marks...
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Sea otters stay warm thanks to leaky mitochondria in their muscles

The smallest mammal in the ocean doesn’t rely on blubber or a large body to keep toasty Sea otters’ secret...
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New images clarify how glasswing butterflies make their wings transparent

Sparse, spindly scales and a waxy membrane coating are behind the insect’s transparency. Most butterflies sport colorful, eye-catching patterns on...
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Giant tortoise thought extinct for a century discovered on Galapagos island

Her nickname is "Fernanda." A giant tortoise in the Galápagos Islands that was thought to have gone extinct over a...
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Florida airport monkeys are the descendants of zoo escapees

A colony of wild African green monkeys living near the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport finally gets an origin story. Much-beloved...
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Strange single-celled life-form has a truly bizarre genome

A single-celled creature known as a dinoflagellate may have one of the weirdest genomes on Earth, The Scientist reported. Life...
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Baby minke whale euthanized after getting trapped in Thames River

The baby whale was alone and hundreds of miles from home. An injured baby minke whale stranded in the River...
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All hail ‘Emperor Dumbo,’ the newest species of deep-dwelling octopus

This is the first time a new octopus has been described using completely non-invasive imaging. A new species of Dumbo...
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Tiny dinosaur that looked like an owl hunted like one, too

Like many owls, it was probably a nighttime predator. A tiny, meat-eating dinosaur had superb low-light vision and hearing that...
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Do snakes have ears?

Can they hear predators or prey? Snakes are unique animals, with their limbless bodies, flicking tongues and the ability to...
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‘Crazy worms’ have invaded the forests of 15 states, and scientists are worried

They look like normal earthworms, but can writhe, jump and even shed their tails to escape danger. Some call them...
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Mosasaurus: Apex ocean predator of the dinosaur age

Mosasaurus and other mosasaurs ruled the seas for millions of years. Mosasaurus was a ferocious predator in the ancient oceans...
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300 million-year-old ‘Godzilla shark’ identified as new species, gets a new name

The monster-like shark was first discovered in 2013. A 300 million-year-old shark relative, nicknamed the Godzilla shark after its discovery...
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Beached sperm whale in Australia shows scars from tussle with a giant squid

It's unknown how the whale actually died.   A huge dead whale rotting away on an island Down Under is...
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A rope bridge restored a highway through the trees for endangered gibbons

Simple artificial structures could help reconnect forests fragmented by human activities With acrobatic leaps, Hainan gibbons can cross a great...
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Do we live in a simulation? Chances are about 50–50.

It is not often that a comedian gives an astrophysicist goose bumps when discussing the laws of physics. But comic...
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Pipsqueak animals show off Marvel-like superpowers in ‘Tiny World’ docuseries

Nature documentaries showcase the most exciting moments of daily life in the natural world, and a new series reveals that...
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Stan the T. rex just became the most expensive fossil ever sold

Stan sold for more than five times its low estimate. A 67 million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex specimen nicknamed Stan has just...
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