Researcher Who Found 'Puppy Sized Spider' Received Death Threats

Last month, Harvard entomologist Piotr Naskrecki's wrote a blog post about finding a "puppy-sized" spider in South America. The post went viral. A few days later, Naskrecki was receiving death threats. Why? For collecting one of the specimens he described in his post, and placing it in a museum. » 11/02/14 1:26pm 11/02/14 1:26pm

This Truculent Duck Evolved The Bodily Equivalent Of Brass Knuckles

Everyone, meet the steamer duck. The steamer duck is one bad mother. See those orange nubbins on its wings? Those are keratinized spurs, which the steamer duck has evolved to wallop the living cuss out of any creature hapless enough to cross its path. (See that red stuff on the duck's head? Yeah. That's blood.) » 10/19/14 7:30am 10/19/14 7:30am

Size Matters: Narwhals With Longer Tusks Have Bigger Testicles

Narwhals grow long tusks, if they have the balls to do it. The spear at the end of the male sea unicorn has been variously thought to be a sensory organ, a device for battling other males, or an elaborate reproductive signal. New evidence shows they're the whale version of peacock feathers. » 9/22/14 8:04pm 9/22/14 8:04pm

Camera Traps Capture "Fantastically Bizarre" Animal Hitchhiking

Earlier this month, conservationists working in South Africa's Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park were very suprised when they reviewed photos snapped by their camera trap. Images revealed a mongoose-like genet hitch-hiking on the backs of at least two different species of animals — behavior never seen in the mammal. » 9/18/14 4:40pm 9/18/14 4:40pm