Researchers recently revealed that cacao trees are older than previously thought. This suggests the trees may have enough genetic diversity to meet growing chocolate demands.
Small fish dominated oceans following a mass extinction 359 million years ago. This suggests small fish actually have an evolutionary advantage over larger marine predators.
A deadly virus spreading along North America's Pacific coast continues to claim many iconic starfish species. When infected, the marine creatures develop lesions and deteriorate rapidly. The magnitude of the recent epidemic is worrying researchers.
Despite lacking an area of the brain that is equivalent to what enables human to sense pain, crabs are capable of feeling pain, researchers confirm.
A new duck-billed dinosaur, named Probrachylophosaurus bergei, which possessed a relatively short skull crest, represents an evolutionary link between its non-crested and large-crested ancestors.
Three new catfish were recently discovered in South America. Based on their characteristics, including particularly long snouts, researchers were forced to create a new genus.
Wild animals living within the Ruaha National Park, located in Central Tanzania, routinely dig watering holes to beat the heat during the dry season.
The identification of common owls may be outdated. That is, a recent genetic analysis revealed Common Barn Owls and Short-eared Owls are more genetically diverse than previously thought.
Ever wonder how hairy animals keep themselves clean? You may be more familiar with the grooming techniques of household pets, but some animals use "renewable" cleaning strategies researchers hope to apply to keeping technology dust-free.
Venom is both a predatory defense and a predator's advantage. While some venomous animals have recently evolved with more potent toxins, their ancient counterparts diversified less often. This suggests that the evolution of venom is more complex than previously thought.
Although researchers have long believed mouse-eared bats strictly fed on insects, it appears they also consume local fruits. In doing so, they help to disperse seeds that ensures the growth of local fauna.
Whirligig beetles recovered from Alabama's Conecuh National Forest, represent a new species. The newly discovered beetles helped researchers name museum specimens that were previously unidentified.
The shape of a bird's wings depends greatly on its lineage rather than on distinctive flght styles.
Five new long-haired parasitic wasp species have been found in India. A recent study revealed these insects prefer spider eggs as their host of choice. The uniqueness of these insects suggest there are many more parasitic wasps to be found.