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Transgender Algae Show How Males and Females Came to Be

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.

Dwarf Spiders’ “Chastity Belts” Explained

Scientists have revealed new discoveries about mating plugs, which dwarf male spiders insert into females to keep out rival sperm.

Newly Discovered Crickets Make World’s Highest Pitched Love Song

Three new species of katydid found in South American rain forests produce the animal kingdom’s highest pitched mating call, according to a new study.

New Frog Mates Doing Handstands, Does “Pottery”

A new species of frog with some bizarre mating rituals has been discovered in India, a new study says.

Q&A: What Animals Tell Us About Love and Dating

Jennifer Verdolin’s new book Wild Connection reveals how our relationships and courtships often mirror those of other species in the animal world.

14 New “Dancing Frogs” Discovered in India

The spectacular haul more than doubles the number of Indian dancing frogs, a family named for the bizarre courtship displays of their foot-waving males.

Why Do Barn Owls Divorce?

These normally monogamous birds sometimes call it quits and move on to new partners—nearly a quarter of the time, a new study says.

Hostile Female Spiders Eat Males Before Mating

Female burrowing wolf spiders with violent tendencies are more likely to snack on their mates before mating, a new study says.

World’s First Female “Penis” Found, in Cave-Dwelling Bugs

Four new species of cave insects in Brazil have sex-reversed genitalia, a “completely astonishing” discovery, scientists say.

Your Weird Animal Questions Answered: Love in the Animal Kingdom

With spring in the air, we answer your questions about animal romance, from elephant seals to stick insects.

Rare Video Footage Shows the Dynamics of Cougar Courtship

How cougars find each other in a vast landscape of mountains, raging water, thick forests, and rocky bluffs is one of life’s great mysteries for those of us who study mountain lions. I’ve spent many long hours contemplating this subject, and here’s what I’ve decided: it might be easier than we think. I’m speculating here,…

Weird Purple Frog Seduces Females From Underground

Males calls to females from beneath a thin layer of soil—the only frog known to have such an odd behavior, a new study says.

Lemurs in Love Take on the Same Smell

It’s a finding fit for Valentine’s Day: Coquerel’s sifakas that have mated and produced offspring alter their natural scents to smell alike, a new study says.

Dangerous Dating: 4 Animals That Take Love to the Extreme

Flatworms that fence with their penises and male fish that literally latch onto their mates are among nature’s most odd and risky mating rituals.

Hummingbirds May Change Their Tunes to Seduce Mates

Male hummingbirds in Costa Rice can change their tunes to attract mates, new research shows.