Exceptionally well-preserved fossils of three 10-armed squid ancestors were recently found in Germany. The specimens reveal how these creatures were able to swim through Jurassic seas so effectively.
While we've been pretty sure for a while that neonicotinioid insecticides threaten honeybees, here is new information on threats from pesticides commonly used on some of the U.S.'s key crops, suggesting our government needs to increase regulation on some agricultural practices.
Praying mantises fitted with blue and green miniature glasses prove the insects use 3D vision to hunt. This could help scientists better understand how vision evolved in humans, and ultimately improve visual perception in robots.
Researchers from the University of Sydney have trained Australian monitor lizards to avoid eating deadly cane toads, by feeding them smaller, non-lethal ones. This could help save endangered lizards that have recently suffered catastrophic population declines, following poisonous toad invasions.
In an act of choosing to lose the part but not the whole, a certain type of sea slug severs its back appendage to leave a predator holding the bag--or body part, as it were, according to a new study. Knowledge of how they do this could potentially lead to medical breakthroughs in helping wounds to heal.
Paleontologists suggest recently discoverd foot scrapes across several Colorado outcrops were made by large dinosaurs that competed in dance-offs to woo their mates.
Carpenter bees engage in dogfighting-like behaviors to defend their hives and prevent other bees from laying eggs in their carefully-constructed homes. Using a GoPro, researcher Dr. Brandon Jackson of Longwood University recently filmed the bee's rather unique aerial combat style.
The recent discover that an endangered population of Killer whales living in the Pacific Northwest preferred eating salmon in summer may lead to improved targeted conservation practices.
Asian tiger mosquitoes prefer to lay their eggs near flowers, suggesting we could lure these pests into traps using certain flower fragrances. This could help control the spread of mosquito-transmitted disease.
Researchers recently discovered two-toned cats are born with distinctive black-and-white patches because certain pigment cells fail to multiply properly during early stages of embryo development. They suggest their findings could be used to to trace other genetic abnormalities, such as holes in the heart.
Although eating is essential to survival, it also drives the aging process, say researchers from the University of the Pacific who studied the biological effects of consumption using corn snakes.
Southeast Alaska's Alexander Archipelago wolf was recently denied protection under the Endangered Species Act. Although populations on the Prince of Wales Island have drastically declined, the U.S. Fish and WIldlife Service said the animals don't qualify for additional federal protection.
A nursery ground for sand tiger sharks was recently discovered in Long Island's Great South Bay. Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society's New York Aquarium say this find will help them better protect the vulnerable animals.
Skeleton remains excavated from an Anatolia fossil site known as Kumptepe reveal more about the transition humans made from a hunter-gather lifestyle to organized farming 8,000 years ago.