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  • A photo of prairie chickens doing a mating ritual.

    Q&A: Author on Animal Love

    Jennifer Verdolin's new book Wild Connection reveals how our relationships and courtships often mirror those of other species in the animal world.


  • A photo of a wasp named after Shakira.

    New Mummifying Wasps Found

    Twenty-four new species of parasitic wasp have been discovered in the cloud forests of Ecuador, a new study says.


  • A photo of a new species of dancing frog.

    14 New Dancing Frogs Found

    The spectacular haul more than doubles the number of Indian dancing frogs, a family named for the bizarre courtship displays of their foot-waving males.


  • Photo of a caiman with a bee and a butterfly.

    Why Insects Drink Tears

    Moths, butterflies, and bees are known to feed on mammal tears, but the phenomenon remains poorly understood.


  • A photo of a cartwheeling spider.

    Cartwheeling Spider Found

    Dubbed a "biological wonder," a new species of spider discovered in Morocco flips its way out of danger, a new study says.


  • A photo of a moose.

    Can Moose Be Tamed?

    Can moose be domesticated like a horse? How far do they swim? Learn more about the largest deer species in this week's column of Ask Your Weird Animal Questions.


  • A photo of a whale

    "Exploding Whale" Explained

    A 380,000-pound blue whale corpse that washed up in Newfoundland has the world wondering: When will it blow? And why do whales explode?


  • A photo of an anole lizard.

    5 Animals That Regrow Parts

    Regrowing body parts isn’t only the stuff of movies like The Amazing Spider-Man 2—many animals regenerate to keep themselves alive.


  • Photo of a mite.

    New Record for Fastest Land Animal

    A tiny arachnid that lives in southern California is the world’s fastest land animal relative to size, according to a new study.


  • A photo of a mouse.

    Men Stress Out Lab Animals

    Men stress out rodents—and probably most other mammals, including furry pets—with the whiff of their armpit sweat, a new study says.


  • Photo of a barn owl in flight.

    Why Do Barn Owls Divorce?

    These normally monogamous birds sometimes call it quits and move on to new partners—nearly a quarter of the time, a new study says. Tuesday

  • A photo of an alligator snapping turtle

    Two Snapping Turtle Species Found

    The alligator snapping turtle, the biggest freshwater turtle in North America, is actually three separate species, a new study says.


  • A photo of a wolf spider.

    Spiders Eat Males Before Mating

    Female burrowing wolf spiders with violent tendencies are more likely to snack on their mates before mating, a new study says.


  • A photo of a dog owner and his dog touching noses

    Your Weird Animal Questions Answered

    Does a narwhal use its tusk in defense? Is a dog's nose really supposed to be cold and wet? Learn more about animal anatomy in this week’s column.


  • Photo of a minke whale swimming in Antarctica.

    Mysterious Duck Sounds Explained

    It may sound quacky, but mysterious duck-like noises in the oceans are made by whales, a new study says.


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