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.
A midden is, among other things, a refuse site outside an octopus' home. (Release the Køkkenmødding!)
Any pet owner can tell you that different pets have different personalities, but actually measuring personality in non-human animals is a challenge.
A "cleaner station" is a sort of undersea business, a place where large, often predatory, fish go to have parasites removed.
Bears in hibernation have a lot of physiological issues to solve.
There is a surprisingly large body of work regarding animal penis evolution.
A giant squid sighting has us wondering all over again: how on earth do deep-sea creatures get so large?
Some panda species have strange thumb-like appendages, but their thumbs evolved for strikingly different reasons.
When faced with an invasive competitor, Florida anole lizards took only 15 years to evolve a response.
Just Plain Awesome and/or Cute
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.
One group of researchers found distinct differences among songs from groups of humpback whales that are geographically isolated from each other.
Inventors often use animals' adaptations to the environment in applications that benefit humans, from sharky swimsuits to hedgehog-inspired helmets.
Bald eagles are back from the brink of extinction.
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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