When it comes to choosing a mate, male lizards tend to go for more “feminine” females without blue necks, a new study says.
From insects to mammals to deepwater lurkers to even birds—in the spirit of Halloween, here’s our list of animals out for blood.
Scientists have discovered blood in a mosquito fossil, a new study says—but don’t get your hopes up for a pet velociraptor.
In dry ecosystems like Namibia, where fairy circles are common, competition for water is fierce. Therefore, while we may see a calm savannah landscape, fierce resource competition is actually being waged below the surface, at root level.
“We hypothesize that these barren spots arise due to below-ground resource competition between grasses,” states the report. “Enhanced growth in individuals that are strong competitors for below-ground resources results in the decline in growth of neighboring individuals, thus forming larger interspaces or barren patches.”
In other words, whoever wins the water war essentially condemns his neighboring grasses to death by dehydration, creating a barren patch – the nexus of the fairy circle.
Scientists have figured out how Alaskan wood frogs can freeze solid and stop breathing—yet still bounce back to life.
The characters from the Great Gatsby aren’t the only blue bloods in the news lately. Researchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Germany have found that a specialized pigment in the blood of Antarctic octopods allows them to survive temperatures that often drop below freezing. It’s all down to a…
A Florida man found and killed a 18.8-foot Burmese python, which beats out the previous record-holding snake by a foot.
The London Zoo recently put out a call to collectors that doubled as the animal version of a personals ad. The zoo was looking for females of the Mangarahara cichlid, a species of fish so rare that none are thought to exist in the wild, and one that is in critical danger of going extinct…
A team of researchers recently announced the discovery of Cyanogaster noctivaga, a brand new species of transparent fish that lives deep in the Amazon. Indeed, with its transparent skin and dazzling blue belly, the discovery constitutes an entirely new genus and, despite being very hard to see, has been given an eye-catching name that means…
A rare Ethiopian primate called the gelada makes sounds like people—giving insights into the evolution of human speech.
Tadpoles bred with eyes surgically implanted in their tails still see—a novel discovery that could help the blind, a new study says.
Fairy circles—circular patches of bare soil surrounded by a ring of grass—have long mystified scientists. Now there’s an answer.
Spring may be when a young man’s fancy turns to love, but new evidence suggests that it’s winter when his sperm is at its spunkiest.
Talk about shocking results: Lightning may contribute to the onset of headaches and migraines, a new study suggests.
A cluster of tapeworm eggs have been discovered in 270 million-year-old fossilized shark feces, suggesting that the intestinal parasites are much older than previously thought.
Meet the microscopic moocher Prymnesium parvum, a strain of algae that freeloads on its kin without putting in any effort, a new study says.