Mary Bates

Extinct “Devil Frog” Sported Spikes, Body Armor

The giant “devil frog” was even more terrifying than previously thought, a new study says. Recent fossil analysis shows that the predatory amphibian, Beelzebufo ampinga, was smaller than first described, but had spiky flanges protruding from its skull and plate-like ...

Extinct “Devil Frog” Sported Spikes, Body Armor

The giant “devil frog” was even more terrifying than previously thought, a new study says. Recent fossil analysis shows that the predatory amphibian, Beelzebufo ampinga, was smaller than first described, but had spiky flanges protruding from its skull and plate-like ...

Pictures: Special Albinos and Unusually White Animals

From ancient times to the present day, white animals often hold a special place in society. Sometimes, an animal is born lacking the regular color of its species, which is usually due to a normal, but rare, genetic mutation. These ...

Pictures: Special Albinos and Unusually White Animals

From ancient times to the present day, white animals often hold a special place in society. Sometimes, an animal is born lacking the regular color of its species, which is usually due to a normal, but rare, genetic mutation. These ...

5 Animals That Are Awesome Architects

Humans aren’t the only animals that build intricate homes and other structures: The animal kingdom abounds with talented architects.  From dams to nests to body armor, these feats of animal ingenuity will blow your mind—and perhaps inspire you ...

5 Animals That Are Awesome Architects

Humans aren’t the only animals that build intricate homes and other structures: The animal kingdom abounds with talented architects.  From dams to nests to body armor, these feats of animal ingenuity will blow your mind—and perhaps inspire you ...

Chemical Camo Helps Frog Pass as Ant—And Avoid Being Stung

A chemical disguise secreted by this frog’s skin allows the amphibian to live peaceably among fierce, stinging ants. To protect itself and keep moist, the West African savanna frog spends its days—and much of the dry season—hiding ...

Chemical Camo Helps Frog Pass as Ant—And Avoid Being Stung

A chemical disguise secreted by this frog’s skin allows the amphibian to live peaceably among fierce, stinging ants. To protect itself and keep moist, the West African savanna frog spends its days—and much of the dry season—hiding ...

3-Foot-Long Earthworms Get a Boost in Australia

The early bird may not be able to get this worm—the giant Gippsland earthworm can measure a whopping 3 feet (0.9 meter) in length. By comparison, the common earthworm is a few inches long. Despite its size and the odd gurgling ...

Puzzle of Koalas’ Unusually Deep Voices Solved: A Very Special Organ

Koalas are the Barry Whites of the animal kingdom, producing surprisingly low-pitched bellows. Now scientists have discovered the secret behind the Australian animal’s unusually deep voice: a special sound-producing organ not found in any other land mammal. Koala bellows ...

Text Message Saves Trapped Whale Shark

The world’s largest fish species was the surprise catch of the day for some Indonesian fishers last month. Men in Indonesia’s Karimunjawa National Park were fishing for anchovies and small bait fish on October 8, but they caught more ...

Text Message Saves Trapped Whale Shark

The world’s largest fish species was the surprise catch of the day for some Indonesian fishers last month. Men in Indonesia’s Karimunjawa National Park were fishing for anchovies and small bait fish on October 8, but they caught more ...

Good Vibrations: 7 Animals That Use Vibrations to Communicate

Although we can’t always perceive them, vibrations provide a critical way of communicating for many animal species. Scientists think vibrational communication is an ancient sensory mode—one that is still widely used throughout the animal kingdom. Animals from tiny ...

Good Vibrations: 7 Animals That Use Vibrations to Communicate

Although we can’t always perceive them, vibrations provide a critical way of communicating for many animal species. Scientists think vibrational communication is an ancient sensory mode—one that is still widely used throughout the animal kingdom. Animals from tiny ...