Scientists have discovered what they call a "super salamander" species in Portugal that was a top predator more than 200 million years ago, and it just may be one of the strangest creatures to ever terrorize the Earth.
There are two new vampire crabs being added to the roster, and yes, there is really a roster of vampire crabs. What's unusual about these new discoveries, however, is that while they are new to science, they have been residents of some home aquariums for a pretty long time.
It's an archaeologists dream come true: A new intensive study of a massive outcrop of sandstone in the middle of the Saharan desert has revealed that it is covered in ancient stone tools, with an average of 75 distinct tools per square meter.
Believe it or not, astronomers are abuzz about another sea that may be a home for life, and it's not on Saturn's Titan or Enceladus, or Jupiter's icy satellite Europa. New observations have found that Europa's neighbor, Ganymede, which happens to be the largest moon in our solar system, may play host to a massive habitable ocean - one hiding just beneath its rugged surface.
Spelunking and traditional cave diving are both a lot of fun. There is danger in scuba-diving flooded caves, but experienced explorers will tell you that the unique sights that can be found just beneath waves and stone are worth the risk. Such was the case for Ryan Dart, an Australian diver who made the paleontological discovery of a lifetime after stumbling upon a "treasure trove" of ancient and massive lemur bones.
When you hear "spider bite," the first thing you probably think of is pain or incessant itching. You may even picture paralysis, which is what some of the most venomous spiders can cause. However, new research has determined that spider venom could contain some promising compounds capable of relieving even the most stubborn pain.
Researchers have discovered that soon after the Big Bang, some of the first galaxies may have been in a rush to make stars. That's at least the case for A1689-zD1, an ancient galaxy that's an incredibly long way from Earth - so far away that we are seeing it from when the Universe was a mere 700 million years old.
It's no secret that the world's coral reefs are rapidly declining, taking the one-two punch that is warming temperatures and mounting ocean acidification. However, there is hope, and it's coming straight from an unknown member of the natural world. Researchers have just discovered a new species of algae, and it's one that seems to be able to help corals survive otherwise deadly temperatures.
You definitely heard of the woolly mammoth, but did you know that 10,000 years ago, some particularly hairy rhinoceros were stomping around the Sleeping Lands as well? Researchers recently got their hands on an incredibly well-preserved carcass of a baby woolly rhino - one that had been trapped in ice for thousands upon thousands of years.
Researchers have now determined that hippos were likely some of the first large animals to migrate from Asia to Africa, swimming from one continent to the other roughly 35 million years ago. However, they certainly weren't the semi-aquatic giants they are today. Fossil evidence indicates that ancient hippos were no larger than modern sheep.
So let's talk about toxins... and fish. They normally don't go together. In fact, most living things would prefer to avoid living near toxins. However, at times they can be very helpful, as shown in a recent strategy to help protect the beautiful rainbow trout against Coldwater Disease.
Cuba is facing a widespread and deadly epidemic of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) that can progress into AIDS some three times faster than the most common strains of the virus. Now researchers have identified what makes this HIV different and deadlier than most.
The stunning ruby sea dragon has made its debut, marking the discovery of the third species of these exotic and delicate fish ever to be known.
Wallabies are only natively found in one continent in all the world: Australia. And even as some wallaby species are disappearing from Down Under, others are just being discovered. Such is the case for the common short-eared rock-wallaby (Petrogale brachyotis), which may actually be two distinct species.
You may think that people were the original psychedelic sojourners, 'tripping' on acid and mushrooms in a time of spirituality and rock n' roll. However, fossil evidence now indicates that dinosaurs could have been tripping too, albeit indivertibly, 100 million years ago.