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.
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.
A new species of roundworm discovered on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean boasts some interesting characteristics. Researchers say this nematode that lives in fig trees can develop five different specialized "faces" or mouths, based on the available food supply.
Virgin births, scientifically called parthenogenesis, may be more common among snakes than previously thought. Understanding this sort of reproduction sheds light on the evolutionary history of vertebrates, researchers say.
Male wild guinea pigs pass down their ability to adjust to environmental changes to their sons. Researchers suggest future generations could benefit from this "epigenetic information" as climate change causes global temperatures to rise.
Tiny chameleons have surprisingly powerful tongues, researchers reveal in a new study. Like all small animals, these lizards need to consume more energy per body weight to survive. Therefore they have to shoot out their tongues unusually fast and far in order to compete with larger relatives for insect meals.
A meter-long shell belonging to a glyptodont – a giant prehistoric kind of armadillo – was found recently along a riverbank in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Although pitch perception was thought to be unique among humans, researchers recently discovered small monkeys known as marmosets use auditory cues to distinguish between low and high notes, just like we do.
While some bat species have evolved with a resistance to Ebola, the virus in turn has evolved to overcome that resistance. Researchers have targeted the biological factors responsible for this resistance, which may aid Ebola prevention and outbreak management in the future.
Harvard researchers created a mathematical model that helps explain how animals get their stripes and why they are oriented in certain patterns.
Gender of many reptiles, including crocodilians and turtles, is largely determined by the temperature in which eggs incubate. When taking a closer look at the molecular mechanisms behind this phenomena known as temperature-dependent sex determination, researchers discovered a thermosentive protein inside the egg plays a key role.
Most wild horses have lost their unique wild Dun coats that are characterized by pale hair and zebra-like dark stripes. In a recent study, researchers investigate the genetics behind this unique skin pigmentation and why horses have evolved differently.
Following the mass extinction of dinosaurs, mammals were able to rapidly diversify and radiate without the threat of predation.
Hawaiian bobtail squid harness luminescent bacteria in their predator-fooling light organs so that they can mimic moonlight and camouflage with the ocean's surface. This allows them to evade nighttime predators.