Animals

Fossils of Ice Age manatees discovered in Texas

Manatees have been visiting the Lone Star State for tens of thousands of years. Today's manatees often summer off the...
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Megalodon’s hugeness was ‘off-the-scale’ — even for a shark

Even among its extinct relatives, Megalodon was unequalled in length and mass. Megalodon was the most massive shark that ever...
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During Fat Bear Week, bears compete in a battle of the bulge

May the roundest boi (or girl) win. Bears are always large and in charge, but during September in southern Alaska's...
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Bright ‘red glob’ washes ashore in Washington. It may be a 7-armed octopus.

"It was a brilliant red in the low morning light." A mysterious, many-armed sea creature — initially described as a...
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Mass stranding event beaches 450 whales in Tasmania

Rescue efforts are underway to pull the surviving whales back into deeper water. More than 450 pilot whales have become...
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These could be the funniest animal pictures ever

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards finalists have been announced The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards finalists have been announced Feast your...
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Cave bear mummy discovered in Siberia still has its internal organs, fur and black nose

Only adult cave bear bones have been found until now. Reindeer hunters in Siberia have unearthed the remains of an...
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Why do dogs have cold noses?

Why do dogs' noses usually feel cold and wet? After an especially good belly rub, a dog might bump its...
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Endangered croc gives piggyback ride to 100 babies after mating with ‘7 or 8 females’

Parenting is tough work for freshwater gharials. Picking the kids up from school takes on a different meaning for crocodylian...
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Seussian beast survived the Triassic by taking lots of naps

A new study suggests hibernation is an ancient adaptation to harsh winters. Some 250 million years ago, a Seussian-looking beast...
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A pup preserved in permafrost ate one of the last woolly rhinos on Earth

The mummy had an undigested piece of woolly rhino in its stomach. Just before a tiny pup died during the...
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This palm-sized elephant relative was just sighted for the first time in 50 years

It's related to an elephant, has a long nose, a fur tuft on its tail and big, spectacled eyes. A...
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These armored sea bugs from a half-billion years ago had ‘disco ball’ eyes filled with tiny lenses

Microscopy revealed the stunning compound structure in trilobite eyes. Trilobites: Those ubiquitous, half-billion-year-old armored sea bugs — had eyes that...
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Cretaceous ‘terror crocodile’ crushed dinosaurs with banana-size teeth

This enormous predator had jaws powerful enough to subdue massive dinosaur prey. An enormous Cretaceous crocodile relative hunted dinosaurs, ripping...
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Insect apocalypse? Not so fast, at least in North America

The jury is still out. In recent years, the notion of an insect apocalypse has become a hot topic in...
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Meet the ‘vampire’ parasite that masquerades as a living tongue

Talk about leaving a bad taste in the mouth. When scientists recently X-rayed a fish's head, they found a gruesome...
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Meet the ‘vampire’ parasite that masquerades as a living tongue

Talk about leaving a bad taste in the mouth. When scientists recently X-rayed a fish's head, they found a gruesome...
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What is taxonomy?

What should you call that bird? You couldn't go wrong with "dinosaur," taxonomists say. If you saw a feathered, two-footed...
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