More than 500 million years ago, funny-looking Ediacaran organisms dominated the planet's oceans. The nature of these creatures have been a long-standing mystery, but now scientists say they are actually Earth's first animals.
A strange creature has been spotted lurking off the coast of Hawaii: a cross between a melon-headed whale and a rough-toothed dolphin. However, it might not be time to dub the odd hybrid a new species just yet.
A warmer future may lead to a common Midwestern songbird becoming considerably less common, according to a team of researchers whose study of the population-level impacts of climate change on Acadian flycatchers was published today in the journal Nature Climate Change.
A couple of ecologists turned to citizen science in hopes of learning more about ticks and tick-borne diseases. Amazingly, the public showed up and provided valuable data from thousands of ticks.
Kill the rats in order to save the reefs? Rats have been decimating seabird populations for a long time and new research shows that this also has devastating consequences on the world's coral reef populations.
The first giants have been unearthed. Scientists discover a new super-sized dinosaur species that walked the Earth millions of years earlier than other massive dinos.
Spiders can fly — with a little help from the planet's electric fields, of course. A new study reveals that the Earth's electric circuit triggers ballooning behavior from these eight-legged creatures.
Dogs and humans go way back. The first dogs in the Americas were found to originate from Siberia, traveling to the Americas with humans until Europeans wiped them out. Now, only traces of their genes remain in a contagious tumor.
Steer clear of otters because no matter how cute they may appear, things could turn violent in an instant. In Maine, police officers had to fatally shoot a river otter who bit an unsuspecting woman by the beach.
An elderly man emerged the victor in a potentially deadly tussle with a rabid fox in Brunswick, Maine last Monday, June 25. The 95-year-old used a wooden plank to beat the animal to death.
A newly discovered fossilized sea animal who lived millions of years ago just received an unusual honor by being named after President Barack Obama. Another was named after acclaimed naturalist David Attenborough.
Bobcats tend to be shy and avoid humans, but these animals can be dangerous as evidenced by a recent attack of a rabid animal on a woman in Georgia. Fortunately, DeDe Phillips was able to strangle the bobcat to death.
Spiders are already terrifying enough for some people — and even more so when they fly. In a new study, scientists observe their amazing ability to spin silk parachutes out of thin air to help them glide for hundreds of miles.
The skeleton of a rare and new dinosaur species, estimated to be 150 million years old, was just sold to an anonymous art collector. The skeleton fetched for a hefty price of $2 million — but scientists aren't happy about it.
Paleontologists trace back the origins of all squamates, discovering that the line goes back even further than initially believed. The mother of lizards, it turns out, lived way back in the Permian period.