We all know that the age of the dinosaurs must have been a hostile time on Earth, and now there's proof, as scientists have recently discovered evidence of bloody dino battles that took place.
In a rare turn of events, seals in the coastal waters of Cape Town in South Africa have been caught killing and even eating sharks in the region - proof that sometimes the hunter can become the hunted.
Scientists have just discovered a new 9-foot-long crocodilian ancestor that was once one of North America's top predators, dominating the Earth before dinosaurs came on the scene, new research indicates.
Imagine you've come across a slug-like worm just inching along, minding its own business. This little guy isn't exactly intimidating, so you take the time to sit and watch him as he makes his way across the floor. A cricket wanders onto the scene, and you wonder if they are friends... and then suddenly this unassuming worm is firing two jets of slime straight at his 'friend.' The cricket, covered in sticky goo, has nowhere to run, and the once relaxed pace of this worm takes on a foreboding nature - a leisurely stroll to a crunchy cricket dinner.
Insect predators such as dragonflies and other aquatic bugs may help protect us from infectious diseases, according to a new study.
The graceful and beautiful luna moth has been found to use its tails to keep preying bats confused, giving the delicate moth a fighting chance in a bat-eat-moth world.
Australia is famous for its incredible biodiversity and unique animal species. However, it is likewise infamous for an exceptionally high rate of extinction. In fact, the continent has lost one in 10 of its native mammal species over the last two centuries - the highest extinction rate of any nation in the world. Now, experts are proposing that "rewilding" parts Down Under with native dingoes could help prevent die-offs in the future.
Australia's mammals are going extinct at an alarming rate, and voracious feral cats and foxes are to blame, according to new research.
Despite their fame as movie stars and entertainers, orca whales were first and foremost known as the "wolves of the sea." After all, they aren't called "killer" whales just for fun. Recently, scientists from the NOAA were reminded of this after coming upon a gruesome scene, where a pod of orcas absolutely decimated their prey until there was little left. Some forensic sleuthing has now revealed just what the victim was, and it came as something of a surprise.
Populations of yellow rabbitbrush, a plant species unique to Rocky Mountain meadows, is dying, but fear not, for ant-eating black bears are to the rescue.
When a quick but unprotected warrior does battle with a well-armored and stronger foe, the winner usually seems certain. There's a reason that armored knights were considered champions of the battlefield in medieval times. Still, when it comes to clashing arachnids, things could prove a little different.
We may hear a lot about lions and tigers and bears (oh my!), but the African golden cat is one big predator that a lot of people don't even know exists. That may be because it's a pretty camera-shy cat, only rarely ever photographed. However, now that has all changed, after scientists recently captured footage of this sleek hunter in action, trying to take down a monkey nearly its own size, no less!
They may look cute and cuddly, but seals are some incredibly ferocious and impressive hunters, gliding silently through the water only to snap their sharp teeth around an unsuspecting fish. More amazing still, even in the low visibility of murky water, they can hunt their food with frightening precision. How do they do it? Wavy facial hair, it turns out, can be a predators' secret weapon.
We all know that human activity can influence the lives of nearby animals, especially those top predators that now have to play second fiddle to our ever-expanding interests. However, a new study has shown that not only do our actions impact them, but also our mere presence may cause majestic killers like pumas to grow so fearful that they change their hunting habits for the worse.
Plants, ants, and bears, oh my! It seems that these three organisms are in an interesting war of influence, so to speak, in Colorado meadows. A war that researchers are calling a prime example of the largely unconsidered roles that top predators play in ecosystems.