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Category Archives: Wild Life
It’s a sheep! It’s a cow! No, it’s Costasiella kuroshimae (or ‘Leaf Sheep’ for short). This adorable little sea slug, whose beady eyes and cute feelers make it look like a cartoon sheep, feeds on algae – just like the … Continue reading
Dripping with nectar, the pitcher plant attracts thousands of hungry termites. But as soon as the bugs start eating, they begin to slip on the sugary liquid and tumble inside the plant.
Scientists have discovered amazing new species from the uncharted deep-sea ecosystem and sea floor of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Some female members of a critically endangered species of sawfish are reproducing in the wild without sex. The discovery, reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on June 1, marks the first time living offspring from “virgin births” have … Continue reading
Scientists have identified a gene within the Aedes aegypti mosquito that can be used to switch their sex, transforming disease-carrying females into benign males. The finding could result in new population control strategies, increasing the ratio of males, and helping … Continue reading
The large and colourful opah has become the first known “warm-blooded” fish, as scientists discovered it can regulate the temperature of its whole body. The opah traps warmth from its flapping fins, which are well insulated by fat. It uses … Continue reading
Sorry but I have no details about the type of fish or where this video was taken. If you have any more information about it please let me know- Deskarati
The dodo bird (Raphus cucullatus) was a large flightless bird from Mauritius (a small isolated island just east of Madagascar). It averaged at around 3 feet tall and 22-40 lbs. The dodo bird was last seen in 1662. Prior to … Continue reading
Members of a troop of chimpanzees living at a site called Fongoli in southeastern Senegal have been observed by scientists fashioning tree branches into spears and using them to hunt and kill bushbabies. The researchers, a combined team with members … Continue reading
The Scrub Jays of California’s Santa Cruz Island really love a good peanut. “It’s like crack to them,” says Katie Langin, a biologist at Colorado State University who probably knows these birds better than anyone else. Working with Scott Morrison of the … Continue reading
For the first time in almost 100 years, a critically endangered Sierra Nevada red fox (Vulpes vulpes necator) has been spotted in California’s Yosemite National Park. Motion-sensing cameras at the north of the park captured two photographs of the animal, once … Continue reading
Paleontologists have hypothesized that scorpions evolved on the seafloor, but some recently discovered fossils have scientists reconsidering exactly how it happened. Eramoscorpius brucensis, possibly the second oldest known scorpion at 430 million to 433 million years old, appears to have … Continue reading
Click to enlarge Want to know what life is really like under the sea? From whales and sharks to squids, crabs and clams, this infographic shows just how big the ocean’s most colossal animals can get. Via NatGeo.
Scientists have never seen anything quite like this before. It’s a newly discovered species of fanged frog that gives direct birth to live tadpoles instead of laying eggs. It isn’t that rare for scientists to find new species of animals, … Continue reading
Unlike Derek Zoolander, ants don’t have any difficulty turning left. New research from the University of Bristol, UK published today in Biology Letters, has found that the majority of rock ants instinctively go left when entering unknown spaces. PhD student … Continue reading
A trio of researchers has found and documented the case of a newly hatched bird with plumage that mimics a poisonous caterpillar to ward off predators. In their paper published in American Naturalist, Gustavo Londoño, Duván García and Manuel Sánchez … Continue reading