Big carnivores are scary, both to humans and the animals they prey upon. But as a new study demonstrates, the fear that these predators instill among their prey can have a positive influence on ecological health and biodiversity, a finding with important implications for conservation.
A team of ornithologists were working on a small Moroccan island when they observed some rather bizarre behavior in adult falcons. The raptors appeared to be imprisoning tiny birds in the crevasses of rocks in an effort to keep them fresh for a later meal.
Michael Crichton is one of the authors with the best track records of being adapted successfully to movies and television, from Andromeda Strain to Jurassic World. So it makes sense that super-agency ICM has signed a deal to develop his work, especially previously unfilmed works. But what's left to adapt?
Six thousand years ago, the Egyptian wilderness was a very different place. Lions ruled, zebras gathered in large herds, giraffes foraged from tall trees. We know that, in part, thanks to drawings on the walls of ancient Egyptian tombs. Can ancient art help us better understand modern Egyptian wildlife?
Some prey animals, like rabbits and deer, feature flashy white tails that are prominently displayed when they're been chased down by predators. But why in the world would an animal want to draw more attention to itself in such a precarious situation? We now have the answer.
Just because you're prey, that doesn't mean that you have to take being eaten lying down. At Hangzhou Zoo in Zhejiang province, eastern China, zookeepers witnessed an unusual sight after two live mice were placed in a snake's enclosure for supper. As the snake started to eat one of the mice, the other began biting the…
Yes, it sounds like the name of an awful horror knockoff (this one, to be exact), but a 22-pound beast known as Megapiranha paranensis once roamed the water 10 million years ago, and its bite was truly something to fear.
The predator-prey relationship between frogs and beetles seems like it would be pretty obvious doesn't it? Frog spots beetle, frog stealthily approaches beetle, frog eats beetle. Done, done and done.
In the normal course of things, beetles will generally stick to eating insects, worms, and any dead meat it happens to come across. But if conditions are right, one species will kill and devour frogs many times its own size.
Christopher Nolan's third Batman film cranks into production early next year, and the rumors are flying like bats driven mad by a sonar belt. And now one site is claiming they know what Nolan's story will be based on. Spoilers?
It's been a decade of ups and downs for science fiction television. On one hand we got Battlestar Galactica, on the other Firefly was canceled. But so many truly terrible shows managed to scrape by without notice — until now.
Arguably the science fiction writer who's achieved the most mainstream success in the past few decades is Michael Crichton, whose works include the Andromeda Strain, Westworld and (most famously) Jurassic Park. So it's too bad Crichton achieved his success by being an evil luddite, writes Star Dragon author Mike…