The Earth may be crawling with undiscovered creatures with a different biochemistry to life as we know it.
The latest results could have implications for the development of new anti-ageing therapies.
"We show that interactions between meerkat groups are never tolerant," researcher Mark Dyble said.
Some insects can find their way into your home by hitching a ride on Christmas trees.
The arachnid belongs to a genus, or group of species, known as Loxosceles—which are commonly referred to as recluse spiders, violin spiders, brown spiders, fiddle-backs or reapers.
Previous research has shown that plants respond to stress by producing several visual, chemical and tactile clues.
In non-medical settings, performing the exam would be tantamount to committing sexual abuse in the first degree if the bill becomes law.
Komodo dragons—otherwise known as Komodo monitors—are the largest and heaviest lizards in the world.
The 0.2-inch-long specimen was identified in amber from the Baltic Sea region in northern Europe.
"DMT has remarkable effects in human consciousness," Christopher Timmermann, from the Centre for Psychedelic Research at Imperial College London, told Newsweek.
The discovery could have important implications in the fight against the invasive bagrada stink bug, which has spread across the world.
The process was discovered following an infection of one patient, who had to undergo four amputations during a life-saving procedure after the disease turned deadly.
The last documented individual was killed by a hunter in 1990.
Researchers say their findings represent some of the first evidence that evolutionary changes are affecting the time of year that wild animals give birth.
The Parc Zoologique de Paris, in France, launched a special exhibit in October bidding visitors to "come meet a fascinating creature, neither plant nor animal nor fungus: the blob."
"I chose this name as I am immensely impressed with the work of this young campaigner," the scientist behind the naming said.
Batesian mimicry is where a harmless species avoids predators by pretending to be a dangerous or toxic one.
The findings could provide the foundation for new approaches to repair joint tissues and possibly even entire human limbs.
The creatures are invisible to the naked eye, measuring around 100 micrometers long—about as thick as a human hair.
Tardigrades—otherwise known as "water bears" or "moss piglets"—are considered extremophiles, organisms that thrive in extreme environments.
The new species is unique to New Guinea—the world's second-largest island.
The dinosaur could bite with about three times the force of large crocodiles or great white sharks.
"it's never been proven," said Brainerd School District chair Sue Kern. "So I'm wondering why we're still teaching it."
Chinese giant salamanders were once common across a huge area of China, however, the animals have suffered dramatic declines in recent times
Short-faced kangaroos are an entirely extinct group of marsupial herbivores that arose during the Miocene Epoch—around 23 to 5.3 million years ago—and diversified prolifically during Australia's Ice Age.
This type of mating behavior, where a generation of males die off in their first season, is very rare in the animal kingdom.
Leeches are parasitic worms that feed on the blood of animals.
The invasion of insects in the state follows similar events in Las Vegas, Nevada and southern Idaho over recent weeks.
The researchers utilized special electric signals generated by eye movements to control and change the focal length of the soft lens.