Annual killifish get the prize for youngest sexually mature vertebrate

Live fast, die young.

Almost all lemurs are under threat, a new study reports

95% of the emblematic creatures’ populations are on the brink of extinction.

Naked mole-rat kings and queens challenge what we know about aging

Having babies actually makes them live longer.

Birds perceive colors and hues the same way we do

Does this mean we see everything through a bird’s eye view?

Long-term exposure to sunscreen chemicals disrupts zebrafish embryo development

Sunscreen is good for us, not so good for sea creatures.

Scientists sight rare hybrid dolphin hybrid — just don’t call it a ‘wholphin’

Nope, not a dolphin-whale hybrid.

Grieving orca carries dead calf for seven days in heartbreaking ritual

It’s one of the most memorable and heartbreaking processions you can imagine.

World’s 2nd largest penguin colony collapses, losing 88% of members in just 35 years

Researchers are concerned, saying that the cause for the seabirds’ decline is ‘mysterious’.

Hurricane-braving lizards get to grips with natural selection

Scientists witness natural selection in action in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Newly-discovered American ankylosaur turns out to be an Asian immigrant

In fact, all ankylosaurs were!

First-ever baby snake fossil discovered beautifully encased in amber

Poor baby snake!

Scientists design ‘Pokéball’ that safely captures even the most delicate underwater creatures

Gotta catch em all!

It takes just six minutes for a dog to die in a hot car

Never leave a dog in a hot car.

Here are the most charismatic 20 animals — according to new science

Here are the results of the animal popularity contest.

Rats are devastating coral reefs — but there’s also some good news

This could be a game changer for protecting some coral reefs.

Roman fish salting workshops reveal two whale species lost from the Mediterranean

The discovery stands to change our understanding of the Roman fishing industry and the history of two endangered whale species.

Spiders balloon by riding electric fields in the atmosphere

This is so electric!

CRISPR was used to change a butterfly’s wing color

A switch from brown to yellow.

Mongolian herders were the first horse dentists, 3,000 years ago

Horses continue to be central to Mongolian daily life even thousands of years later.

Owls perceive moving objects like we do, suggesting bird and human vision are quite similar

The findings suggest that this ability evolved before the human neocortex appeared.