The Dolphin Dialect: Can Dolphins Have Their Own Conversations?

The ability to use complex languages to communicate with one another is perhaps humankind’s greatest feat, surpassing all other cultural revolutions. Conveying information through language has allowed humans to collaborate — working together to invent unthinkable advancements in technology — and it is one of the reasons why we have …

Mystery Marsupial

They call it a “marsupial hyena.” A “flesh-eating kangaroo.” A hypercarnivourous beast that could “[slice] up the largest animals of its day.” Sounds like a myth? Weighing approximately 55 lbs, the Whollydooleya tomnpatrichorum, a new extinct species of marsupial that rightfully conforms to these labels, was formally identified this year. …

Eyeball Evolution

It was a Sunday afternoon, and I found myself sitting at my desk attempting to draw a realistic house cat. First, I sketched out a small mouse. Behind it, I started to draw a large, menacing house cat, clearly ready to pounce. Afterwards, I began to work on the details of the cat’s …

Research of Bonobos Sharing with Others

A bonobo is placed in an enclosed area with a pile of food on the floor. He can see a door that connects the enclosure with another room and a second bonobo outside of the the enclosure looking intently at the food. The second bonobo calls and reaches for the food but cannot touch it. …

Top Five New Species

Scientists from all over the world discover new species every year. From spiders to vipers, they always allow humans to learn more about the animal kingdom. About 15,000 species are discovered each year. Some have new escape tactics, some form new courtship rituals, and some are just plain wacky. Here are …

Bear Kills Man, Man Kills Bear

Lance Crosby, a 63 year old experienced hiker, was hiking alone without bear spray in Yellowstone National Park. Crosby worked as a nurse and had lived in Yellowstone for five seasons. His body was found a half-mile from the Elephant Back Loop Trail, a popular hiking site. His body was …

Cool Crossbreeds

Liger? Grolar Bear? Beefalo? These are in fact animals. However, these animals are called hybrids or crossbreeds. My dog is a crossbreed (a mix between a Bichon Frise and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel), so I began wondering if there were crossbreed-able animals other than dogs.

The Quagga Project

The Quagga is an animal that I discovered while playing a video game when I was younger. It looked like a zebra, but it had fewer stripes on its rear end. On the game, it was labeled extinct. When I heard that this label was going to be changed, I …