Your schoolteachers probably told you most species wouldn’t (or maybe couldn’t) successfully interbreed with one another. If some did, their hybrid offspring, like mules, couldn’t have babies of their own. That explanation was a bit oversimplified. Hybridization happens, and it may be one way new species arise.
We love to imagine how biotechnology might one day enhance our fleshy bodies, but too often, Earth’s wildlife are left out of the future entirely. Enter Kathryn Fleming’s future zoo, filled with a menagerie of fantastical, slightly disturbing, genetically modified mutants.
Two of the most destructive species of invasive termites are joining forces in Florida. By mating together, they're forming prolific hybrid colonies. Scientists are now worried about the potential damage these insects will inflict on Florida's dwellings.
The Cuban Crocodile is a critically endangered species. What's threatening it? A history of hunting, habitat destruction, and, increasingly, the rise of a new group of crocodile hybrids, resulting from interbreeding with another crocodile species. The full story is after the jump.
This single (and quite colorfully blossoming) tree grows 40 different varieties of peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and even almonds — but just how does it do it?
As Arctic temperatures rise and the ice melts, animals that once had separate migration patterns are suddenly encountering each other — and that could lead to some new animal hybrids.
Here's an example of truth being not only stranger than fiction, but more politically questionable as well. Salamanders in the northeastern United States are mating and producing hordes of female hybrid sex parasites that threaten to overwhelm the species.
In today's comments, we envied the polite small-talk abilities of the marmoset, looked up at the heavens with a mixture of awe and suspicion, and learned one more reason to fear the deep: hybrid sharks.
The big summer blockbuster of 2015? That'll be Star Wars VII. The science-documentary-to-see come 2014? That's a little harder to call, but our money is on Tarzan's Testicles - a "hybrid film" byRomanian director Alexandru Solomon that will examine the interspecies breeding efforts of scientists in communist-era …
Underneath our skin all people are the same — unless, that is, you have tentacles instead of legs, a fishtail where your waist ends, or a long, elegant beak springing from your face.
Enrique Gomez De Molina builds impossible hybrid creatures out of fur and beaks and feathers. They imagine a distant universe where animals are at once avian and mammal, and live side by side with intelligent insect tribes.