The raucous calls of tree hyraxes — small, herbivorous mammals — reverberate through the night in the forests of West and Central Africa, but their sound differs depending on the location. Tree hyraxes living between the Volta and Niger rivers make a barking call that is distinct from the shrieking […]

The new species was discovered in the dunes on Lista in Farsund municipality. Credit: Arnstein Staverløkk, NINA, CC BY3.0 A brand new species of parasitic cuckoo wasp was discovered based on its clever use of pheromones. Cuckoo wasps – also called emerald wasps – are some of the most beautiful […]

Modern snakefly pictured above Fifty-two-million-year-old fossil snakefly from Driftwood Canyon in British Columbia. Credit: Fossil image copyright Zootaxa Ancient predatory insects discovered in region once thought uninhabitable. Fossil discoveries often help answer long-standing questions about how our modern world came to be. However, sometimes they only deepen the mystery—as a […]

Tree hyrax from Taita Hills, Kenya. Credit: Hanna Rosti A research team from the University of Helsinki has discovered a tree hyrax in the Taita Hills, Kenya, which may belong to a species previously unknown to science. The discovery, which was part of a study of the vocalizations of nocturnal […]

An artist’s impression of the new sea dragon, Thalassodraco etches, in the Late Jurassic seas. Credit: Megan Jacobs An amateur fossil hunter has unearthed a new type of prehistoric ‘sea dragon’ on the beach of the UK’s Dorset coast. The new 2m-long ichthyosaurus is named ‘Etches sea dragon,’ after fossil […]

Carolina Sandhills salamander (Eurycea arenicola) in life from North Carolina. Credit: Todd Pusser Already possessing more salamander species than any other state in the country with 63, North Carolina has just added one more to make it 64. The aptly named Carolina Sandhills Salamander (Eurycea arenicola) is found in association […]

Adult female and juvenile Popa langur (Trachypithecus popa) in the crater of Mount Popa, Myanmar. Credit: Thaung Win A new primate species dubbed the Popa langur has been discovered in Myanmar after years of extensive study, including analysis of a 100-year old specimen kept in the London Natural History Museum. […]

An artist impression of the newly discovered extinct monk seal species. Credit: Illustration by Jaime Bran. Copyright_Museum of New Zealand Te Papa. An international team of biologists, led by Monash University, has discovered a new species of extinct monk seal from the Southern Hemisphere – describing it as the biggest […]

Duckbill dinosaurs evolved in north America, spreading to South America, Asia, Europe, and finally Africa. Credit: Raul Martin The first fossils of a duckbilled dinosaur have been discovered in Africa, suggesting dinosaurs crossed hundreds of kilometers of open water to get there. The study, published in Cretaceous Research, reports the new dinosaur, Ajnabia […]

A Photoshop-created image of how Kataigidodon venetus may have looked, illustrated by Ben Kligman, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Geosciences and Hannah R. Kligman. Credit: Virginia Tech Fossilized jaw bone fragments of a rat-like creature found at the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona last year by a […]