Everyone loves a picture of a pet rabbit, but when the cuddly creature in the photograph turns out to be a vanishingly rare species on the brink of extinction, it isn't only the bunny huggers who sit up and...
Ecologists show that 1,330 nurseries, garden centers and online retailers are still offering hundreds of invasive plant species as ornamental garden plants. This includes 20 species that are illegal to grow or sell nationwide. Results of a new study by...
On tiny Phillip Island, part of the South Pacific's Norfolk Island group, the Phillip Island centipede (Cormocephalus coynei) population can kill and eat up to 3,700 seabird chicks each year. Giant bird-eating centipedes may sound like something out of a...
The last of the Xerces blue butterflies fluttered through the air in San Francisco in the early 1940s. Now, they can only be seen in glass displays at museums. The Xerces blue butterfly was last seen flapping its iridescent periwinkle...
Chimpanzees have been observed attacking and killing gorillas in the wild for the first time. Researchers working in the Loango National Park in the west African country of Gabon witnessed two lethal encounters in which ‘coalitions’ of chimps clashed...
A species of mouse believed to be extinct for over 150 years has unexpectedly been rediscovered by reseachers in Australia.Gould’s mouse, long believed to have been wiped out by the arrival of European colonists in Australia, found to have no...
A combination of archaeological science and forensic techniques have helped to show that his body is the earliest direct evidence of a shark attack. Newspapers regularly carry stories of terrifying shark attacks, but in a paper published today, Oxford-led researchers...
Sicilian dwarf elephant Palaeoloxodon cf. mnaidriensis lived on the island of Sicily and went extinct 19,000 years ago. A new study shows that an extinct species of dwarf elephant evolved from one of the largest ever land mammals. It experienced a...
Michael Bradley writes about his firsthand experience in working with animals that consider humans as prey. The wet season in tropical Australia begins with tension. Physical tension, caused by the friction of earth and clouds. Mental tension, caused by the...
The research, "My Cat and Me-a Study of Cat Owner Perceptions of Their Bond and Relationship," has examined the behavior of pet cats to understand what it means about their relationship with their owner. The study reveals that cats...
A study maps out the genome sequence of the Basenji dog which could impact understanding of dog evolution and dog breeds. It may also  unravel the evolutionary history of early dogs and how humans have shaped the first dogs...