The Biggest Kangaroos Evolved Long Arms to Fight Over Females

Male kangaroos and wallabies, like a lot of seemingly quiet grazing animals, get into knock-down drag-out fights over females. They obviously don’t have antlers or horns to spar with, but they’re perfectly willing to grapple rivals with their forelimbs and kick the crap out of each other with their big hind feet. » 7/01/15 9:00pm Yesterday 9:00pm

Zoo, The New TV Show About Killer Animals, Is Fun, Mindless Fluff

The first episode of the James Patterson adaptation Zoo is entitled “First Blood”—even though this action drama, which imagines what would happen if the animals on earth decided to rebel against their human overlords, is relatively bloodless (it is CBS, after all). That said, it does contain plenty of B-movie thrills! » 7/01/15 12:30pm Yesterday 12:30pm

These Webspinning Insects May Look Like Spiders' Prey—But They're Not

If you’ve wandered through a wood and idly peeled back the bark of a tree, you may have found a little expanse of silk, like a nest, with insects stuck inside. If you thought that those insects were the prey of a spider, you might have been right, or you might have been looking at the only known stop on an early… » 6/29/15 6:30am Monday 6:30am

Pigs Are Much, Much Weirder Than You Ever Realized

Did you know that in the Old West, people used to have pig drives, the same way they had cattle drives? They marched huge herds of pigs across the country to be slaughtered. Also, pigs attack and kill people every year, including one man who was pinned to his tractor. We have a very strange relationship with pigs. A… » 6/26/15 11:59am Friday 11:59am

40 Years of Bad Science: How Jaws Got Everything Wrong About Sharks

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of its original release, Jaws will be shown on the big screen once more on June 21st. Few other movies have cast such a long shadow into the “real” world as the first summer blockbuster. As a marine biologist whose research focuses on shark conservation, I’ve been living in that… » 6/19/15 10:45am 6/19/15 10:45am

"Virgin Births" Won't Save The Smalltooth Sawfish From Extinction

The critically endangered smalltooth sawfish was recently found to be capable of asexual reproduction. It’s an exciting discovery for many reasons, but breathless claims by the media that sawfish could save their species from extinction by resorting to virgin births are wrong, wrong, wrong. Let’s explore why. » 6/18/15 6:40pm 6/18/15 6:40pm

Zookeepers (And Their Animals) Do Their Best Jurassic World Impressions 

Zookeepers have been recreating the velociraptor-taming scene from Jurassic World and posting them online, with absurdly amusing results. Michelle Buchman rounded up the best impressions so far, over at Nerdist. Personally, we’re big fans of the walruses above (originally posted at feminerds.tumblr.com). » 6/17/15 1:20pm 6/17/15 1:20pm