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The Pacific leaping blenny went from swimmer to landlubber by evolving camouflage to blend into surrounding rocks, a new study says.
Hiding in plain sight, researchers have discovered that a wild cat called the tigrina is actually two separate species.
Besides fire, the overwhelming symbol of this weekend’s blockbuster movie, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, is of a steel-colored, mohawked bird with a pointed, hummingbird-like bill who trills melodiously. Mockingjays are described as a cross between mockingbirds and “jabberjays,” a species developed by the Panem government to imitate human speech and spy on the rebels.…
As the camp gets set up, the caver/scientists get geared up, and I get psyched up, seeing hints of early hominids in the everyday things we do.
When it comes to choosing a mate, male lizards tend to go for more “feminine” females without blue necks, a new study says.
Researchers discover this newest member of the rodent family, sporting spiky brown fur and a stubby tail, on the Maluku islands of Indonesia.
National Geographic grantee Travis Hagey reveals the secrets of geckos’ super-powers, and opens wide the doors of worldwide gecko diversity.
A spider with a happy face on its back, an orchid that looks like a monkey, and a bug with a peanut head are among nature’s tricksters.
A tiny island frog makes do without an inner ear by using its mouth—a new hearing strategy not known before in nature, scientists say.
This week, join us as we run a 137-mile race 18,000 feet above sea level, then we meet beach-dwelling wolves that fish for salmon like bears (and occasionally harass humans), and finally, we learn about the SeaWorld orca who has been connected with three human deaths to appreciate how hard the large, social mammals are to maintain in captivity.
Join us this week, as we explore the labyrinth of underwater caves deep under Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula for clues of its Mayan past, cycle solo through Central Asian mountain passes to climb remote peaks, and debunk American historical myths from the Wild West to the Surfin’ Safari.
Watch out, Mighty Mouse: Scientists have found a new species of shrew with superhero strength and the oddest backbone of the animal kingdom.
This week, join us as we attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida and meet a surprisingly potent form of jellyfish, then we listen to glaciers as they melt and learn what they’re telling us, and we hear protest songs from an indigenous Australian country singer.
Researchers use sexy robot frogs to gain insight into the evolution of complex behaviors.
A new study says mammals can “choose” the sex of their offspring—does that include us?
Moths vibrate their genitals to jam bat sonar, making them invisible to the predators, a new study says.
The top stories on National Geographic’s radar today: SETI and Paypal are teaming up to create the universe’s first space currency, DNA from an ancient horse has become the oldest ever sequenced, and…
Some female animals—including fish, snakes, and octopi—store sperm in their reproductive tracts for years after mating. But why?
Ancient water below Canadian gold mines may offer new clues about evolution—and new life forms here on Earth.
The greater wax moth evolved to hear better than any animal on Earth—all to avoid their nemesis, the bat, a new study says.
A rare Ethiopian primate called the gelada makes sounds like people—giving insights into the evolution of human speech.
By Linda Poon April Fools’ Day is when people roll out their best pranks, tricks, and other shenanigans just for the sake of a good laugh. But compared with the tricksters of the animal kingdom, we’re all just amateurs. (Related: “April Fools’ Day Pictures: Seven Animal Hoaxes.”) For nature’s masters of deception, the use of…
A type of burrowing worm that lived 508 million years ago has solved an evolutionary puzzle, a new study says.
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.