A good dose of nature can still soothe the psyche of the modern human, but sometimes nature, red in tooth and claw, can also just gross you out. Wasps turn helpless caterpillars into a 24x7 buffet for young ones, mama mantis snacks on the head of its former lover, and a frog gives new meaning to oral fixation when nurturing the kiddies.
Animals use camouflage to hide from and confuse predators and prey. For some such animals, their natural appearance mimics, matches, and fades into their surroundings. Others actively shift shape, texture or color to blend in. This amazing ability to hide in plain sight has evolved in parallel across thousands of species, and each animal's cloaking technique is unique.
Colorful balloon lumpfish grip equally festive party balloons at Tokyo's new Epson Shinagawa Aqua Stadium, home to more than 20,000 sea creatures in its aquarium.
Known to the Japanese as fûsen-uo, the Eumicrotremus pacificus is native to the cold waters off the island of Hokkaido in northern Japan.
He is greenish brown, has dragon scales for skin, grows up to 32 inches and is the world's last remaining lizard-like reptile that has a lineage dating back to about 225 million years when dinosaurs still roamed the earth—he's a tuatara and he's making a comeback. A species native to New Zealand, the tuatara was spotted nesting in a sanctuary close to Wellington last week, the first such sighting in 200 years. Staff at the 620-acre Karori Wildlife Sanctuary stumbled upon four white, leathery ping-pong sized tuatara eggs during routine maintenance work at the end of last week.
He lured the ocean’s premier coal-mine canary into captivity
By Bruce GriersonPosted 10.16.2008 at 3:33 pm 3 Comments
Word spread quickly that Todd Jones, a young doctoral candidate in zoology, had something fantastic in the blue tanks of his lab at the University of British Columbia. The attraction was juvenile leatherback sea turtles, about the size of garbage-can lids. Why the attention?
Sometimes the smallest discovery lends itself to the biggest insight. That certainly was the case for University of Texas at Austin graduate student Christian Rabeling, who found a new ant species in the Amazon that is likely the descendent of one of the first ants to evolve on Earth more than 120 million years ago.
Every animal has its rep. Rats are dirty; monkeys are cheeky; bats are blind. As anyone who's known an incurious cat can verify, though, these stereotypes are often false.
Here, modern scientific research takes a closer look at the truth about our animal friends.