zoology

Nature Is Lit

Researchers Are Using Vibrators to Give Turtles Boners

“It did appear that we got a better response when the vibrator had fresh batteries and was on its fastest setting.”
David Steen
7.25.17
birds

Scientists Realized a Species of Bird Is Really Thirteen Different Species

The distinction helped researchers recognize that some of the species are threatened.
Kaleigh Rogers
12.9.16
ANIMALS

​Oh My God, Ducklings Are Capable of Abstract Thought

A new paper shows newborn ducklings can distinguish between the concepts of “same” and “different.”
Victoria Turk
7.15.16
ANIMALS

Oh My God, Fish Can Recognise Human Faces

A new study finds that archerfish can learn to distinguish one human face from others.
Victoria Turk
6.7.16
stars

Why Dung Beetles Dance on Poop: They’re Mapping the Sky

Understanding how bugs navigate could help build better robots.
Kate Lunau
5.12.16
Sex

Against All Odds, a Walrus Was Just Born in Captivity

The Quebec aquarium expects a second walrus birth soon.
Kate Lunau
5.9.16
earth

This Seminal 16th Century Animal Encyclopedia Includes Mermaids and Unicorns

Historiae animalium is a fascinating window into the world of Renaissance zoology.
Becky Ferreira
3.26.16
Sex

Two Walruses Are Pregnant In Canada, And the Odds Are Against Them

To get walruses pregnant in captivity, scientists have tried fake walrus vaginas and more
Kate Lunau
3.21.16
video

Watch Stanford Engineers Prove That, Yes, You Can Scale A Wall Like Spider-Man

Stephen Colbert cited a Cambridge study that said it isn’t possible, but...
Louise Matsakis
1.30.16
Ebay

A Scientist Is Selling the Right to Name His Newly-Discovered Moth on eBay

But you can't just name a new species anything.
Emiko Jozuka
10.19.15
Hell or Salt Water

Fishing in the Museum Archives: The Specimens You Won't Often See on Display

One curator is championing the underdog of museum collections: fossil fish.
Victoria Turk
8.13.15
Science

In a Drought, Water-Starved Iguanas Will Eat Each Other to Survive

A review in Mesoamerican Herpetology suggests drought is just one of the reasons this odd behavior sometimes occurs.
Kaleigh Rogers
4.27.15
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