The brilliant plumage of peacocks and related birds may be a result of female preference, a new study says.
How sexes evolved in the first place has been a lasting mystery in biology. Thanks to some transgender algae, scientists may have cracked this evolutionary whodunit.
Scientists have discovered a “bizarre” parasite from the Jurassic era that really sucked. An international team of researchers recently described this 165-million-year-old fossilized fly larvae that they found in Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region in northeastern China once studded with volcanoes and freshwater lakes. They named the species Qiyia jurassica (“Qiyia” is derived from the Chinese word for “strange”),…
When vampire bats acquired their taste for blood, they lost their ability to sense bitter flavors, according to a new study.
A new study finds that lionfish—those venomous, striped invaders of reefs in the Caribbean and off of Florida—fan their fins to gather a posse while hunting prey.
From the silvery gibbon of Indonesia to the grunting toadfish of the sea, listen to some of nature’s most amazing musicians.
Ten years ago, some male crickets in Hawaii began to fall mysteriously silent, and now scientists have discovered why.
The spider Cyclosa ginnaga hides from predators by looking like a pile of bird feces, a new study says.
A new species of lizard with a brilliant emerald head is the new jewel of Ecuador.
Twenty-four new species of parasitic wasp have been discovered in the cloud forests of Ecuador, a new study says.
Dubbed a “biological wonder,” a new species of spider discovered in Morocco flips its way out of danger, a new study says.
A 380,000-pound blue whale corpse has the world wondering: When will it blow? And why do whales explode?
It may sound quacky, but mysterious duck-like sounds in the oceans are made by whales, a new study says.
The carnivorous invertebrates, discovered deep in the waters off California, use tiny hooks on their bodies to capture prey, a new study says.