Weird animals

molerat

The naked mole rat: not just a pretty face

Monday, 28 October 2013

This peculiar animal hardly ages and never gets cancer. What is its secret?

Diplozoon paradoxum

Diplozoids

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Monogamy or death: these parasitic flatworms take true love to new extremes.

Geoducks iStockphoto cropped

Geoducks

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

One of the longest-living animals, which is also the world’s biggest clam, could have important stories to tell about Earth’s climate history.

Close up of Crossley’s dwarf lemur from Tsinjoarivo, Madagascar, held close to its winter hibernation spot.
Credit: M. Blanco

Lemurs’ long-buried secrets revealed

Friday, 3 May 2013

The mystery of the Madagascar dwarf lemur’s winter disappearance has been revealed: it burrows deep into the soil, curled up for a months-long sleep, scientists were astonished to find.

The kha-nyou was discovered roasted, skewed and on display at a food market in Laos.

The kha-nyou

Thursday, 31 January 2013

A spineless porcupine, discovered at a food market in Laos.

Mudskipper

Mudskippers

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Mudskippers are fish out of water.

The red capped Manakin (Pipra mentalis) is among nature's greatest show-offs.

Manakins

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Male manakins are among nature’s greatest show-offs.

Olm

Olm

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

The caves of Slovenia are home to a tiny, blind salamander known as the olm.

Ancient critter grandfather shellfish_COSMOS science magazine

Ancient critter could be the grandfather of shellfish

Friday, 18 January 2013

A weird marine creature that lived 500 million years ago at a time of explosive growth in Earth’s biodiversity could be a forerunner of worms and molluscs, a study says.

Killer walrus theory debunked_COSMOS science magazine

‘Killer walrus’ theory debunked

Thursday, 17 January 2013

A 16-million-year-old fossil has cast doubt on claims from the 1980s of an extinct ‘killer walrus’ species adapted to feed on ‘large, struggling prey’.

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