How algae prepared the ground 650 million years ago for the miracle of complex life

The story of the rise of the algae.

Baby dolphin killed as hundreds of selfish tourists take pictures with it

Please stop taking photos with wild animals!

Popular pesticides are killing of bumblebees by preventing them from laying eggs

It’s time to face it: our pesticides are killing off bees — and bumblebees.

Why were there three cows on Antarctica in 1933?

It wasn’t just for the milk…

Goldfish make alcohol to survive the winter without oxygen

Go home goldfish, you’re drunk.

Newly identifed 500-million-year old ancient worm had 50 spines bulging from its head

It looked rather scary and ugly. Nevertheless, it was an important creature in life’s evolutionary history.

A trapdoor spider rafted all the way from Africa to Australia

A long way for a little spider.

Using flies to find the animals that live in a tropical forest

Follow the buzz.

Two butterflies thought to be different species are actually the same one

Can you tell by looking at them?

You likely can’t recognize faces when they’re upside down — and neither can the Japanese rice fish

This is the first non-mammal that behaves like us in this instance and the implications are numerous.

Thought octopuses only live in water? Watch David Attenborough explain how the only land octopus hunts

If you thought octopuses were amazing, wait ’till you see this.

Three new species of toad discovered in Nevada

We’ve just found them, but they may already be endangered.

Animal files: Kiwi birds— unique birds

Find out why!

These sea spiders breathe through their legs

It’s amazing how nature can evolve sometimes.

Pangolin poaching is driving the species extinct, despite international trade ban

Please stop.

This shark ate a bit of steel, pushed it out through its skin and then healed back up

Sharks have officially reached Wolverine status.

A single ‘letter’ difference in their DNA made some whales huge, others sleek and predatory

That’s one really dramatic typo.

Bamboo sharks really have to put their back into eating — literally

Specifically, they put their shoulders into it.

Why bigger isn’t necessarily faster: a look at animal speed limit

Larger animals are faster — but only to a certain point.

Lioness mother spotted breastfeeding baby leopard — an absolute first

Unfortunately, despite this touching moment, the odds aren’t stacked in favor of the tiny leopard.