Gannets have evolved some very strange adaptations that make them some of the best divers in the natural world.
Bagheera kiplingi is unique amongst spiders: it’s a vegetarian.
The shells of almost all common garden snails coil to the right. Almost all.
The famed Romantic poet Thomas Gray wrote a verse about his friend’s cat drowning in a goldfish bowl. [2 of 2]
Cat poetry has a long history: Christopher Smart wrote a Romantic religious poem featuring his cat Jeoffry while confined in a mental asylum in the 1760s. [1 of 2]
Almost all white tigers have crossed eyes.
The brown tree snake can climb trees and power poles by looping itself into a lasso.
Orangutans, like all great apes, build nests. Sometimes these include pillows, blankets, and bunk beds.
The human gene ABCC11 determines whether your sweat smells bad or not. It also determines whether your earwax is wet or dry.
Bees use sunlight polarisation patterns to navigate. We can train ourselves to detect light polarisation too.
The bristlemouth, a small ugly genus of fish found in the ocean twilight zone, is probably the most common vertebrate on the planet – estimates go as high as the quadrillions.
In 1950 Tuffi the elephant fell 12 metres out of a suspended monorail into a river. She survived.
Just one species of land snail and a few species of freshwater snail glow in the dark.
19th century glass artists Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka provided natural history museums around the world with lifelike glass replicas of marine life.
The Central African hairy frog can break its own bones and stick them through its skin as impromptu claws.
A significant proportion of the food in the deepest ocean falls from discarded giant larvacean houses.