Ancient turtles: scientists find ancestor of modern sea turtles

These turtles were far more common than previously known.

Strength in numbers: tiny shrimp might be capable of mixing the ocean

“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”

A Sperm Whale Found Dead in Spain Had 30 Kilos of Plastic in Its Stomach

There’s just too much plastic in the oceans.

Baboons use team work to escape from biomedical research facility

The gesture has inspired thousands of people over social media.

Malaria makes its hosts smell better to draw more mosquitoes, research finds

Sneaky, sneaky plasmodium.

Sea turtles use Earth’s magnetic field like a GPS to find their birthplace

The loggerheads can find their original nesting grounds within 40 to 50 miles, despite being away for decades or traveling thousands of miles.

“Virtual” animals far outnumber the actual animals in the wild, fooling us into think that they are abundant

How many virtual animals do you see each day?

‘Punk-haired’ turtle that breathes through its butt is seriously endangered

But we humans are the real punks here.. .

Scientists uncover secret color of 200-million-year-old butterfly wings

Butterfly iridescence is really, really old.

Male-female differences linked to risk of extinction, new study finds

Standing out from the opposite sex comes at a cost — and this could make all the difference in the world.

The Yangtze river porpoise, unique for living in freshwater, has special genetic adaptations

The purpoise of the study was to learn more about the genetics of this unique cetacean.

Puffins have beaks that glow in UV light to bedazzle mates

“I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll glow my beak around!”

Human drugs could help cure the transmissible cancer that is wiping out Tasmanian devils

Good news for the little devils!

Beluga whales value culture and family ties

Whales are stunningly complex.

The unique types of ecosystems in the world

We have an amazing amount of diversity on Earth!

“Bowhead [whales] are jazz,” says researcher astonished by the diversity of their songs

They recorded 184 different songs from a population of about 300 individuals.

Shrimp-inspired camera leads to new underwater GPS

The novel camera help researchers devise a novel underwater GPS method.

Scientists use astronomy software to protect endangered creatures from poachers

Drones are hot on the poachers’ hot traces.

Monkeys’ brain activity syncs up when they watch each other do something

It’s not monkey business.

Mass extinctions don’t come out of the blue — and we’re seeing some of the signs today

An incoming mass extinction isn’t as hard to spot as we’d believed.