Top 10 Greatest Motion-Capture Characters Of All Time

This weekend, we'll witness the evolution of Caesar, the ape revolutionary played by Andy Serkis in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. And next month, we meet Vin Diesel's Groot. But motion-capture has a proud history of innovation and great performances. Here are the 10 greatest mocap characters of all time. » 7/08/14 10:09am 7/08/14 10:09am

The History of Sexy Monsters

Monsters are horrifying, revolting... and often alluring. It makes sense that so many monsters would be hawt, since they're the ultimate predators and they need to be able to lure us into their clutches and stuff. But also, monsters represent the forbidden, and sexy danger, and they can get away with wearing outfits… » 10/24/12 1:35pm 10/24/12 1:35pm

Scientists may have just discovered a brand new species of human

This skull has a weird mix of ancient and modern traits. It was discovered in a cave in southwest China and dates to between 14,500 and 11,500 years ago. And it might represent the newest humanoid species to coexist with humans. » 3/14/12 1:00pm 3/14/12 1:00pm

To save their species, fish hybridized themselves into extinction

The whitefish of Europe's Alpine lakes were once a single species, but after the Ice Age they split into separate species, adapting their look and lifestyle to their particular watery home. But this amazing biodiversity would have to be sacrificed. » 2/17/12 9:00am 2/17/12 9:00am

In the Japanese version of Species, things get pretty NSFW

Check out the NSFW trailer for Tokyo Species, a Japanese version of the US franchise about (let's face it) alien mating practices. If you recall, the US version features a sexy, tenticular Natasha Henstridge fucking and murdering her way through a string of men as she searches for the perfect sperm. Her goal seems… » 2/03/12 3:40pm 2/03/12 3:40pm

Meet the 20,000 new species we discovered in a single year

The latest State of Observed Species report is out. And biologists might have just earned the title of Hardest-Working People in Science, discovering a staggering 19,232 species in just one year, including nearly 10,000 new types of insects. » 1/19/12 11:01am 1/19/12 11:01am

Songbirds caught evolving into separate species

If you just look at their DNA, the various South American songbird populations all look pretty much the same. But their outward appearances and the songs they sing couldn't be more difficult. We're witnessing the birth of multiple new species. » 12/11/11 2:45pm 12/11/11 2:45pm

Moving to the city could split birds into separate species

It's a well-worn cliche that moving to the big city after a lifetime of country-living can change you forever. That might actually be literally true for blackbirds, as moving to the city has begun to split their species in two. » 12/04/11 10:10am 12/04/11 10:10am

Earth's worst mass extinction might not have been as bad as we thought

The Permo-Triassic extinction event happened 251 million years ago, killing off 96% of all marine species, and 70% of those on land. As bad as all that was, it now appears that land-based species recovered much faster than previously believed. » 10/10/11 4:30pm 10/10/11 4:30pm

What are the very punniest scientific names?

You've gotta give it up for creative taxonomists — the scientists responsible for naming, and thereby classifying, newly discovered species. Without them, we'd never have species with names like the ant pictured above, who is named after a science fiction institution. (See if you can guess who it is — it's very » 8/24/11 2:20pm 8/24/11 2:20pm

Why this weird little fish is one of the top ten species discovered…

We're constantly discovering new species, and it isn't just little things like insects or plants. The ten biggest species discovered last year include a six foot long lizard, an antelope being sold at market, and this truly unique-looking creature. » 5/23/11 10:25am 5/23/11 10:25am

Actress Natasha Henstridge is the Chupacabra. For real.

The Chupacabra, a legendary blood-sucking cryptid, appeared on The X-Files, had its own series called Chupacabra: Dark Seas, and enjoys near-mascot status in Texas. Now it seems it may have its origins in the movie Species. » 3/24/11 7:00am 3/24/11 7:00am

Huge cricket-like insect hasn't evolved in over 100 million years

The splay-footed cricket is one of the biggest, most scary-looking insects, and it's been that way for a long, long time. A fossil recently uncovered in Brazil reveals these crickets have looked more or less exactly the same since the time of the dinosaurs. Clearly, these insects don't adapt - they make the world… » 2/03/11 4:00pm 2/03/11 4:00pm

35,000 plant specimens gathered over the past 200 years remain…

Botanists estimate there are 70,000 species of flowering plant still waiting to be identified. They also suspect that about half of those were already found up to 200 years ago, and nobody has gotten around to identifying them yet. » 12/09/10 10:24am 12/09/10 10:24am

Splice's secret influences: Happy Days, Frankenstein and slug mating…

If you caught Splice this weekend, you might have a few questions about the movie's shocking twists. Director Vincent Natali broke down a few questions we had and explained tributes to other films - just don't compare it to Species. » 6/07/10 6:18pm 6/07/10 6:18pm

Studying the Human Animal from a Zoological Perspective [NSFW]

In 1994, the BBC aired a documentary titled The Human Animal, which examines human beings in the way a nature documentary would look at any animal, using zoological language and techniques to study and describe human anatomy and behavior. » 9/21/09 11:20am 9/21/09 11:20am

Natasha Henstridge Loves You Back

Natasha Henstridge, promoting her upcoming sci-fi mini-series Impact, chatted with us about her fanbase, cloning, her upcoming collaboration with Stan Lee, and aging gracefully out of the space-hottie pigeonhole. » 6/10/09 1:03pm 6/10/09 1:03pm

Coital Coronaries and Sexecutions [NSFW]

Looking to do the deed with that hot alien, demon, or super-assassin, but not sure about the risks? We list scifi's deadliest sexual encounters to ensure that your next orgasm won't be your last. » 1/23/09 12:07pm 1/23/09 12:07pm

Five Ways to Hit on Aliens

Their lovely green skin and tentacle powers taunt you every night at the intergalactic bar. You know you want to hit those aliens, but you need some serious pickup artist skills. Don't worry, because io9 is here to help you polish up your one-liners: Using our foolproof system, you'll get those alien babes to talk to… » 11/12/08 1:18pm 11/12/08 1:18pm