It's A Bad Week To Be a Crocodilian

Sea otters, the adorable urchin-eating mustelids of the ocean, may be cute, but their relatives the river otters are another story. If this alligator's experience is anything to go by, I wouldn't want to be on the business end of their chompers. » 3/06/14 7:38pm 3/06/14 7:38pm

Why would we evolve to poop in the same place as our friends?

Humans aren't the only creatures who share communal toilets — many mammals do this. In fact, new research shows this behavior was an ancient evolutionary development. Scientists have discovered a large, rhino-like reptile defecated in "communal latrines" some 240 million years ago. » 11/28/13 11:30am 11/28/13 11:30am

How Unborn Turtles Choose To Become Male or Female

While in their eggs, turtle embryos move around to find the perfect spot that's not too hot, not too cold, but just right. And because temperature determines what sex unborn turtles become, the embryos might be able to "choose" their own sex by staying in cooler or warmer areas of the egg, according to a new study. » 6/12/13 3:20pm 6/12/13 3:20pm

In 1910, the plot of Alien went down in a local newspaper

Between the gargantuan frog steaks, the flying stegosauruses, and the giant mosquito robots, old-timey newspapers were a nightmarish fantasy realm where the Teapot Dome scandal may have well have been Warren G. Harding's scheme to build a utopian cloudopolis powered by Liptons. » 9/20/12 4:15pm 9/20/12 4:15pm

World's tiniest chameleon is the size of match's head

Meet Brookesia micra, the newly discovered world's smallest chameleon. This wee creature was discovered on an island off of Northern Madagascar, where a biological expedition found these tiny beasts snoozing in vegetation a mere four inches off the ground. Juvenile specimens of Brookesia micra are the size of a match… » 2/14/12 5:40pm 2/14/12 5:40pm

Meet the only known reptile with a true placenta

When many of us think of reptiles we immediately envision them as egg-laying creatures, but there are some reptiles that actually give birth to live young. All of the reptiles in this second category possess a rudimentary placenta (the vascular tissue which, in mammals, nourishes unborn offspring), but until recenty,… » 10/07/11 1:47pm 10/07/11 1:47pm

Pregnant plesiosaur with giant foetus hints at caring parents

In 1987, Charles Bonner discovered the fossilised bones of a large sea reptile on his family ranch. It was a flipper-limbed plesiosaur, probably Polycotylus, and one of many such fossils recovered from Logan County in Kansas. But this specimen was special – there was a smaller one inside it. This plesiosaur was… » 8/13/11 11:00am 8/13/11 11:00am

The Truth Behind the V Franchise

We mentioned earlier that V might be heading back to television. The big news is that the book that could inspire this V resurgence will hit store shelves tomorrow. But how well to you remember this show and its creator? Creator Kenneth Johnson gave us the original Bionic Woman, and we all know how that recent retread… » 2/04/08 11:15am 2/04/08 11:15am