1. Animals

    New lizard ties for ‘world’s smallest’

    A newly discovered lizard small enough to curl up on a dime ties for the title of the smallest of its kind in the world.

  2. Animals

    The Tropical Majority

    The abundant studies of temperate-zone birds may have biased ornithology when it comes to understanding the tropics.

  3. Animals

    Birds with a criminal past hide food well

    Scrub jays that have stolen food from other bird's caches hide their own with extra care.

  4. Animals

    She-male garter snakes: Some like it hot

    Male garter snakes that emerge from hibernation and attract a mob of deluded male suitors may just be looking for safety in numbers and body heat.

  5. Animals

    Finches figure out solo how to use tools

    The woodpecker finches of the Galápagos, textbook examples of birds that use tools, pick up their considerable skills without copying each other.

  6. Animals

    Magnetic field tells nightingales to binge

    Young birds that have never migrated before may take a cue from the magnetic field to fatten up before trying to fly over the Sahara.

  7. Animals

    Wild gerbils pollinate African desert lily

    Scientists in South Africa have found the first known examples of gerbils pollinating a flower.

  8. Animals

    Poison birds copy ‘don’t touch’ feathers

    A subspecies of one of New Guinea's poisonous pitohui birds may be mimicking a toxic neighbor, according to a new genetic analysis.

  9. Animals

    Shrimps spew bubbles as hot as the sun

    With the snap of a claw, a pinkie-size ocean shrimp generates a collapsing air bubble that's hot enough to emit faint light.

  10. Animals

    Meerkat pups grow fatter with extra adults

    Meerkat pups growing up in large, cooperative groups are heftier because there are more adults to entreat for food.

  11. Animals

    Shhh! Is that scrape a caterpillar scrap?

    A series of staged conflicts reveals the first known acoustic duels in caterpillars.

  12. Animals

    Gimme, Gimme, Gimme!

    Hungry chicks cheeping in their nest have inspired a whole branch of scientific inquiry.