It's got a giant blob foot full of what I can only assume are tapioca balls from a bubble drink, plus some pretty insane tentacles. Even marine biologist David Shiffman was perplexed, which is why he sent out a tweet earlier today asking for somebody to identify it.
You may have learned in biology class that every life form has a taxonomic designation, but that doesn't make it true. Many life forms, especially ancient ones, are so hard to categorize that scientists don't even know whether they are plant or animal. They call these organisms the "Problematica."
Say hello to the olinguito, the first carnivorous mammal to be discovered in the Western hemisphere in 35 years. And HOLY CRAP is this thing ever cute.
Genetic researchers have been working for a long time to reproduce the mysterious evolutionary step that grew legs on fish. This change eventually moved life from water to land, resulting in a explosion of walking species that took over the Earth's land and skies more than 300 million years ago.
We're distantly related, you and I. Somewhere deep in the past, the two of us share a common ancestor. The same can be said for us and chimps. Or chimps and alligators. But what about alligators and sycamore trees? Or humans and Tyrannosaurus rex? Are you and I, as paleontology expert Brian Switek puts it, distant…
This is possibly the greatest mashup of science and fantasy I have ever seen. University of British Columbia evolutionary ecologist Rob Colautti has created a dragon phylogeny, or evolutionary tree, and has turned it into a gorgeous design for t-shirts (see below). The best part is his elaborate explanation of how he…
Meet Ninox Spilocephala, an owl whose face seems destined to become an internet meme. Just look at those eyes! I wish I could muster up that expression. N. Spilocephala is one of several new owl species found on the Philippine island of Mindanao.
For years, scientists have marveled at the seafaring abilities of snails like Janthina janthina (pictured above), which produce a biological bubble-wrap that enables them to float just below the water's surface in oceans around the world.