From the beginning, JSTOR Daily has followed the philosophy that there can never be too many stories about our weird, wonderful, surprising, and above all cute animal siblings. We’ve considered tardigrades, puffins, and apatosaurs (or are they brontosaurs?) and have no plans to stop. We can’t quit wildlife cams, and neither can you.
Animals bring us joy, teach us lessons, puzzle us, and ultimately raise questions about life on Earth that are more interesting than the short lives any of us live as individuals. Right now, though, we can’t quite say we do right by animals, as populations of species shrink due to human-made calamities, from poaching to climate change. We owe them more.
Our affection for animals might help us think through what we as a planet are going through at this turbulent time. Maybe we can channel all that squee and wow into some kind of deeper belief in life itself.
January 5, 2020
A midden is, among other things, a refuse site outside an octopus' home. (Release the Køkkenmødding!)
September 22, 2016
Any pet owner can tell you that different pets have different personalities, but actually measuring personality in non-human animals is a challenge.
October 12, 2019
A "cleaner station" is a sort of undersea business, a place where large, often predatory, fish go to have parasites removed.
January 20, 2015
Bears in hibernation have a lot of physiological issues to solve.
January 30, 2015
There is a surprisingly large body of work regarding animal penis evolution.
July 17, 2019
A giant squid sighting has us wondering all over again: how on earth do deep-sea creatures get so large?
November 24, 2016
Some panda species have strange thumb-like appendages, but their thumbs evolved for strikingly different reasons.
November 28, 2014
When faced with an invasive competitor, Florida anole lizards took only 15 years to evolve a response.
Just Plain Awesome and/or Cute
July 24, 2018
The jury is still out on whether or not Koko's signing skills proved that apes can learn language. But we certainly learned a lot from the famous gorilla.
October 3, 2019
One group of researchers found distinct differences among songs from groups of humpback whales that are geographically isolated from each other.
March 10, 2020
Inventors often use animals' adaptations to the environment in applications that benefit humans, from sharky swimsuits to hedgehog-inspired helmets.
February 23, 2015
Bald eagles are back from the brink of extinction.
April 6, 2015
A long-term study to track the movements of commercially valuable fish species might have been a waste of time, thanks to crafty seals.
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