Animals

A month’s worth of cool science stories, summed up.
Alistair Jennings, Contributor
Scientists discover a new method of communication in Atlantic ghost crabs.
Karin Heineman, Executive Producer
Wormlike amphibians called caecilians may have evolved venomous teeth long before the first snakes crawled the Earth.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
A new song type originated in western Canada and then spread East, replacing the sparrows’ traditional song.
Nala Rogers, Staff Writer
Some evidence suggests that foxes may be trying to domesticate themselves.
Joel Shurkin, Contributor
Hummingbirds can distinguish blends of color that we see as ordinary hues.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
Monkeys’ reactions to computer-generated videos suggest they, like humans, suffer from the creepy “uncanny valley” effec
Joshua Learn, Contributor
A month’s worth of cool science stories, summed up
Alistair Jennings, Contributor
Narwhal vocalizations are not well understood, but Inuit whale hunters helped scientists get close enough to listen.
Meredith Fore, Contributor
For years, people believed that royal jelly contained the secret to making queen bees. Turns out it’s simply the amount of food.
Katharine Gammon, Contributor
A new paper shows lobsters create sounds that travel more than a mile.
Katharine Gammon, Contributor
Long legs didn't make the massive predators faster but helped save energy during the daily grind, new research suggests.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor