Animals

Antler Photograph Suggests Schomburgk's Deer Lived 50 Years Past Extinction Date (September 6, 2019): A photograph of fresh antlers from 1991 suggests the Shomburgk's deer lived 50 years past its extinction date of 1932.

Two New Species of Tweezer-Beaked Hopping Rats Discovered (August 20, 2019): Scientists have discovered two new species of tweezer-beaked hopping rats in the Philippines. They prefer to eat earthworms.

Bats Use Leaves Like Mirrors to Find Prey in the Dark (August 18, 2019): Scientists have discovered that leaf-nosed bats can find insects resting silently on leaves by using the leaves like mirror through echolocation.

Bagheera Kiplingi is a Predominantly Vegetarian Jumping Spider (August 17, 2019): Bagheera Kiplingi is a jumping spider species that has a diet that is primarily vegetarian. It prefers to consume Beltian bodies from acacia plants.

Giant Prehistoric Penguin Once Inhabited New Zealand (August 16, 2019): A monster penguin roamed New Zealand around 60 million years ago. It stood 1.6 meters (5.2 feet tall) and weighs up to 80 kg.

Study Finds Interbreeding and Mutated Pigment Gene Turned Grey Squirrels Black (August 16, 2019): Researchers have determined that interbreeding helped pass a faulty pigment gene from fox squirrels to grey squirrels. The gene results in grey squirrels having black fur.

Extinct Giant Parrot Stood 1 Meter Tall (August 8, 2019): Researchers discovered the fossil of an extinct giant parrot species in New Zealand that stood three feet tall.

Baby Jumping Spiders Can See Nearly as Well as Their Parents (August 1, 2019): Baby jumping spiders can see nearly as well as adult jumping spiders. They have the same number of photoreceptors as adult spiders.

Scientists Trained Rats to Associate Certain Odors With Being Tickled (July 31, 2019): Scientists trained rats to associate certain odors with the experience of being tickled by a human hand.

Narluga: Study Finds Whale Skull is a Narwhal-Beluga Hybrid (June 21, 2019): Researchers say analysis of an unusual whale skull reveals it belongs to a Narluga, a narwhal-beluga hybrid.

Tiger Salamander: A Large Amphibian Found in North America (June 13, 2019): Tiger Salamanders are a type of salamander species found in North America.

New Species of Sideways Stabbing Stiletto Snake Discovered (March 27, 2019): A new species of stiletto snake has been discovered in north-western Liberia and south-eastern Guinea. Stiletto snakes are known for their ability to stab sideways.

Study Finds Deer Tick Populations on the Rise in Indiana (May 25, 2018): Ticks that carry Lyme disease and other illnesses are spreading into Indiana and the Midwest states.

Ancient Reptile Named Captorhinus Had Detachable Tail for Escaping Predators (March 8, 2018): An ancient reptile named Captorhinus had a detachable tail it could use to escape predators.

Fossil of Giant Extinct Burrowing Bat Found in New Zealand (January 11, 2018): Researchers have a discovered the fossil of a previously unknown giant burrowing bat species in New Zealand.

Study Finds Sheep Can Recognize Human Faces (November 8, 2017): A study conducted by University of Cambridge researchers has found that sheep can recognize human faces.

Study Finds Alligators Eat Sharks (October 18, 2017): A new study has found that alligators eat sharks. The photograph provided is proof. It shows an alligator biting a nurse shark's tail.

Study Finds Fox Squirrels Organize Their Nut Storage Caches by Variety and Quality (October 16, 2017): A new study has observed squirrels using a cognitive strategy called chunking when storing their nuts. Nuts are stored by variety and quality.

New Porcelain Crab Species Discovered in Colombia (September 12, 2017): A new species of porcelain crab has been discovered in Colombia. It was long confused with another very similar species.

Yellow Sea Snake in Nighttime Ambush Posture (August 23, 2017): This yellow sea snake is pictured in its nightly ambush posture. It was recently identified as a new subspecies.