Watch the first-ever footage of the giant squid in its natural habitat

For the first time ever, researchers have captured video of a live giant squid in its natural habitat. The complete footage won't air until later this month, but the video up top gives us a tentacular taste of things to come. » 1/11/13 6:40am 1/11/13 6:40am

Researchers have captured the first-ever video footage of a live giant…

It is the wellspring of such mythical monsters as the the Kraken, but the giant squid Architeuthis is the real deal. Carcasses of the massive cephalopods have been found washed ashore all over the world, but now, for the first time in history, scientists have captured footage of the beastie thousands of feet below the… » 1/08/13 8:40am 1/08/13 8:40am

Scientists have solved the 200-year-old mystery of this "monstrous"…

For almost two hundred years, Cerataspis monstrosa — the otherworldly looking "monster larva" pictured here — has been turning up in the guts of everything from dolphins to tuna. But for as widely known as this larval creature is, its adult counterpart has managed to remain a mystery. » 8/29/12 8:00am 8/29/12 8:00am

Europe's earliest cave art may be the work of Neandertals, not humans

Were Europe's first artists Neandertals? An international team of archaeologists says it's a strong possibility. Improved dating techniques have revealed that the practice of cave painting began at least 40,800 years ago, around the same time that modern humans arrived in Europe. » 6/14/12 12:05pm 6/14/12 12:05pm

Some dinosaurs may have been in trouble even without the asteroid

Sixty-five million years ago, an asteroid six miles in diameter cannoned into Earth. The collision triggered the catastrophic downfall of a vast and thriving dinosaurian ecosystem, ultimately ending with their extinction. Only that's not what happened. Not at all exactly. (Cue Sam Neill's voice.) » 5/02/12 9:55am 5/02/12 9:55am

Paleontologists discover 120-million-year-old "Ghost Dragon" in China

Which of the following hypothetical scenarios do you think would be more terrifying: a modern-day world inhabited by Pterosauria (famous for being the first known vertebrates to evolve the capability of flight), or a modern-day world inhabited by Dromaeosauridae (famous for their sickle-like killing claws, among other… » 2/29/12 3:30pm 2/29/12 3:30pm

The ocean floor is like a rainforest where feces and dead animals rain…

When many people hear the word "biodiversity," they immediately think of tropical rainforests, or coral reefs; but as this picture demonstrates, biodiversity is a concept that ought to be more closely associated with the ocean floor, as well. » 1/10/12 8:00am 1/10/12 8:00am

World's First Shark Hybrids Discovered Near Australia

For the first time ever, scientists have discovered a species of hybrid shark (a cross between two different species of the cartilaginous fishes) off the coast of Australia. » 1/04/12 7:25am 1/04/12 7:25am