In learning about more than 70 marine fungi, a recent study turned up a new branch on the tree of life.
The evolution of modern birds was largely shaped by Earth's changing geography and climate. In a recent study, researchers discovered the birds we know today share a common ancestor that arose in South America 90 million years ago.
The Hawaiian Haleakala volcano is home to a wide variety of species that occupy their own ecological niche. In a recent study, Cornell researchers identified 116 beetles native to this region, 74 of which are new to science.
Australian blue-banded bees take a heavy metal approach to pollination. A team of researchers recently filmed the bees' headbanging technique, which reportedly maximizes pollen release and allows bees to spend less time pollinating each flower.
A rare Amur tiger named Cinderella, who was originally found in 2012 – orphaned and near death – in Russia has found her fairy tale ending.
Fossils of kinorhynch worms, also known as mud dragons, dating back more than 530 million years were recently unearthed in South China. Researchers say these ancient, microscopic worms fill in a huge evolutionary gap.
How did skates and rays develop their unique wing-like fins? Researchers from the University of Chicago recently revealed the animals altered their body structure to live on the ocean floor, and to do so they relied on repurposed genes.
Fossils excavated from the fossil-rich Bighorn Basin in Wyoming shed new light on the different physical and behavioral traits of early carnivorous mammals known as hyaenodontids.
Researchers from University of Queensland have identified one of Australia's newest dinosaurs, Kunbarrasaurus. This dinosaur's unique characteristics suggest it is a distinctly different species than previously classified.
Some prairie voles are monogamous, while others seek out multiple mates. In a recent study, researchers from the University of Texas at Austin reveal sexual behavior is largely controlled by genetic differences in the rodents' brains, suggesting natural selection has allowed for both characteristics to co-exist.
Cheetahs migrated to Africa from North America 100,000 years ago during the last Ice Age. Following their "big move," populations dwindled and incestuous breeding increased. This troubled linage has had a lasting impact on modern Cheetahs, many of which have difficulty reproducing due to a gene mutation that affects sperm development.
Well-preserved mosasaur fossils represent a new smallish marine reptile that used binocular vision to hunt at night.
A new genus of plant bug, plus four new species from Australia were recently identified.
A new species of toothy pterosaurs named Cimoliopterus dunni sheds light on the evolution of these flying reptiles. However, its closest relatives are from England, suggesting the prehistoric animals were able to "island hop" as the North Atlantic Ocean widened during the Cretaceous.