Ophiojura, discovered living on a seamount deep in the Pacific Ocean, is the last known survivor of a unique group of animals that diverged from its closest relatives way back in the Jurassic period.
Some lay their eggs and leave, others carry their young for a year in a pouch: in nature, maternal care comes in many forms.
First ever feeding experiments reveal that solitary bees need to carb-load – and can be picky when it comes to dieting.
Elephants use their giant incisors to dig holes, impress rivals and rest weary trunks. But as so many continue to be killed for their ivory, he question is whether they are destined to be tuskless.
Pardalotes are quintessentially Australian birds, industrious, beautiful and strange. They have adapted to our environment but we are corroding the places in which they live.
Zoologists have known for decades that some of the most devastating viral infections originate from animals. Their data and research can be used in efforts to prevent pandemics.
Mud blister worms make their homes in the shells of oysters and other shellfish, where they weaken their hosts.
Somewhere out there, just maybe, an alien – probably stranger looking than in our wildest imagination – might be pondering this very question.
For many people, the gentle blinks of fireflies flashing are a favorite part of summer evenings. An entomologist explains some lightning bug basics.
One thing I can tell you is that a snail’s bottom is right over its head.
Climate change threatens to cause mass extinctions – but how, exactly? New research suggests male fertility may be the weakest link.
From wealth, to the natural world, to genes and intelligence, a podcast exploring the theme of inheritance.
Mating in southern African pythons is a serious business, and is rarely just a one-night stand
Pond snails use things like rocks or the side of their aquarium as their bed, attaching themselves while they sleep. This might not seem very relaxing but their shells do hang away from their body.
Why are some animals resistant to waterborne disease? A reader wants to know.
In defence of ‘cryptozoologists’: we have a lot to learn from their curiosity and sense of wonder.
Species that use tools aren’t necessarily better at solving problems than species that don’t.
Newly recognised genetic populations carry their evolutionary history with them, and the history of their habits. This is why detecting new species is so important.
Believe it or not, cats are really useful. Even this one.
Scientists have discovered two new types of ants in the rainforests of New Guinea thanks to an advanced X-ray imaging technique.