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Experts have found the first venomous crustacean - a centipede-like creature that lives in underwater caves.
A dog virus is the latest threat to precarious populations of Siberian tiger.
Badgers with TB spread the infection more easily to other badgers and to cattle when social groups are disturbed, a new study confirms.
Three species of desert dung beetle move with a newly discovered "galloping gait", rather than walking like other insects, scientists say.
Two new kittens born at a zoo could have a future role in a project to breed Scottish wildcats in captivity for possible release into the wild.
Marmosets engage in what appears to be "polite conversation", taking it in turns to vocalise, according to researchers.
Despite being home to about 16,000 tree species, just 227 "hyperdominant" species account for half of Amazonia's total trees, a study suggests.
The number of badgers culled during a six-week scheme in Gloucestershire has fallen short of its target, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson tells MPs.
Research by a British scientist concludes the legendary Himalayan yeti may in fact be a sub-species of brown bear.
An experimental garden has revealed that the right plants can attract up to 100 times more pollinators, say scientists.
A clawed spider-like creature reveals the most intact nervous system ever observed in an ancient fossil, 520 million years old.
Elephants have a mysterious and "tangible energy" according to South African photographer Greg Du Toit whose picture has earned him one of the world's top photo awards.
Large numbers of children in Britain are missing out on the natural world, a three-year study from the RSPB suggests.
Winning images from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
Edinburgh Zoo says its female giant panda, Tian Tian, is no longer expecting a cub.
Observations of young bonobos reveal that, like children, those more able to manage their own emotions are more likely to comfort others.
The UK experienced a month of flying ants this summer with four peaks of activity, according to a scientific survey and social media.
African elephants demonstrate what appears to be an instinctive understanding of human gestures, according to UK scientists.
Some subordinate female meerkats wet-nurse a dominant female's offspring in exchange for not being evicted from the group, a study suggests.
A new festival gets under way aiming to highlight some of the wildlife attractions on offer in Dumfries and Galloway.