Animals & Plants

Why do people and animals naturally favor one side over the other?

Why do people and animals naturally favor one side over the other?

Most left-handers can rattle off a list of their eminent comrades-in-arms: Oprah Winfrey, Albert Einstein, and Barack Obama, just to name three, but they...
Isle Royale wolf population remains a mere two

Isle Royale wolf population remains a mere two

For the second year in a row, the Isle Royale wolf population remains a mere two. Researchers from Michigan Tech say that as the wolf...
Sea scorpions: The original sea monster

Sea scorpions: The original sea monster

Four hundred and thirty million years ago, long before the evolution of barracudas or sharks, a different kind of predator stalked the primordial seas. The...
Homing pigeons share our human ability to build knowledge across generations

Homing pigeons share our human ability to build knowledge across generations

Homing pigeons may share the human capacity to build on the knowledge of others, improving their navigational efficiency over time, a new Oxford University...
The dangers of being a saber-toothed cat in Los Angeles 12,000 years ago

The dangers of being a saber-toothed cat in Los Angeles 12,000 years ago

Saber-toothed cats that roamed Los Angeles 12,000 years ago had many injuries to their shoulders and backbones that likely occurred when they killed large...
Egg Hunt -- scientists discover eggs of one of world's most endangered turtles

Egg Hunt — scientists discover eggs of one of world’s most endangered turtles

A team of scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) working in Myanmar have reported the successful recovery of...
These predators might be the earliest animal

These predators might be the earliest animal

For the last decade, zoologists have battled over the question “What is the oldest branch of the animal family tree?” Is it the sponges, as...
These sharks don’t avoid hanging out with people

These sharks don’t avoid hanging out with people

New research finds human-shark interactions can take place without long-term effects on the sharks. A multimillion-dollar global industry exists in response to scuba divers’ interest...
Forget sponges! The earliest animals were marine jellies

Forget sponges! The earliest animals were marine jellies

When cartoonist and marine-biology teacher Steve Hillenburg created SpongeBob SquarePants in 1999, he may have backed the wrong side of one of the longest-running...
Puffins that stay close to their partner during migration have more chicks

Puffins that stay close to their partner during migration have more chicks

Puffin pairs that follow similar migration routes breed more successfully the following season, a new Oxford University study has found. Many long-lived birds, such as...