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They have been called both “coywolf” and “coydog,” but the majority of the scientific community recognizes this hybrid animal simply as the “eastern coyote.”
A drone with some petri dishes attached is making research much less stressful for whales and scientists alike.
The smallest of the wallaby species is known to pose for selfies with tourists and be cuter than cute. But the feisty quokka has had to fight for its very survival.
With lightning speed and incredible vision, the cheetah is the fastest land animal on Earth and the best hunter on the savanna.
The nuclear disarmament movement in the 1950s needed a logo for a political march. What it got was one of the most ubiquitous and easily recognized symbols of all time.
Gastroliths, or "stomach stones," are found in animals from chickens to sea lions. But what are they for?
If it looks like a party is on, maybe they'll come back. Playing the sounds of a noisy, healthy coral reef can attract important fish species to devastated reef habitats.
Gorillas can live to be about 35 to 40 years old and are much gentler (and much sleepier) than you might think.
Gondwana was a humongous landmass that persisted for 300 million years before it began to break up, forming all the continents in the modern Southern Hemisphere.
They're weird-looking and mild-mannered, but Asian and African markets can't get enough illegal pangolin scales.
Sea otters are adorable, back from the brink of extinction and will totally bite you.
Chloroplasts are where some of the most miraculous chemistry on Earth goes down.
The largest eagle in the world has a claw the size of a grizzly bear's, a leg the size of a human's and a very disapproving gaze.
A Russian cosmonaut printed some steak in space, and now we're one step closer to sending humans to Mars.
The axolotl can regenerate virtually any of its limbs or organs and has a face that's totally irresistible.
No life, except possibly very small bacteria, would exist on Earth without photosynthesis.
How do we consider a Thing with no edge? Ecosystem ecologists are always trying.
The sting of a tarantula hawk is so painful you are advised to lie on the ground as soon as you're stung to avoid falling.
From ancient times until today, people have been captivated by these iconic, mysterious birds. What is it about owls that makes them the enduring subject of myth and superstition?
It turns out that bobcats do just fine if not actively hunted by humans.