Aa currently evolve into two genetically distinct species as a result of apple trees changing their fruiting cycles, they're have a domino effect on predatory wasps, a process known as sequential speciation.
Captured damselfish release a chemical distress call that confuses their attackers by calling other predators to the area. The ensuing competition buys them enough time to flee.
A deadly fish disease known as VHSv has plagued hundreds of freshwater fish in Lake Winnebago, in Wisconsin. While some older individuals have developed a resistance toward the disease, they could spread the disease to younger fish and cause another mass die-off in the future.
A newly discovered pig-snouted turtle, Arvinachelys golden, may help researchers fill in the gaps of turtle evolution.
A study from the University of Guelph looked at the rivulus fish, which lives among mangroves from Florida to Brazil. It controls its own body temperature in warming water by taking great leaps.
While evolving with specialized defenses has helped animals escape predation, long-term risks need to be considered. The simple act of camouflage or mimicry, which sufficiently confuses prey, doesn't seem to have backfired, but the use of chemical defenses has. In fact, some amphibians that release lethal toxins to kill predators are now at a higher risk of extinction.
Some pollinating leafhoppers may be transmitting deadly bacteria to flowering plants. When infected, the plants are unable to blossom and sexual reproduction is prevented turning them into the living dead.
The ability of spiders to adapt to their local environment and humidity levels by altering the viscosity of their "web glue" may help scientists develop stronger adhesives.
It's no secret that many species across the globe are suffering in the wake of climate change. Marine life, birds, insects, amphibians, and even lizards are on facing new hardships that they must rapidly adapt to if they want to survive. However, it turns out that at least for some species of lizards, they couldn't be happier.
Foot and hand bones of Homo naledi, an extinct human ancestor, suggest that the early humans walked up right on two feet and climbed trees.
When an asteroid impacted Earth 66 million years ago, many species, including dinosaurs, faced extinction. But a furry beaver-like species actually survived and became top dog in the newly available environment.
As a result of climate change altering plant diversity, some bumblebees have evolved with to shorten tongues enabling them to adapt to feeding on shallower flowers.
Wild and domesticated horses began evolving differently from one another some 45,000 years ago, but a recent study has revealed their genetics ties and is providing a greater understanding of both past and present populations.
Crocodilians include a variety of modern and ancient alligators, crocodiles and their relatives. A team of researchers recently examined how the diverse species responded to past climate changes and how they might cope in the future.