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Q&A: What Animals Tell Us About Love and Dating

Jennifer Verdolin’s new book Wild Connection reveals how our relationships and courtships often mirror those of other species in the animal world.

Your Weird Animal Questions Answered: Love in the Animal Kingdom

With spring in the air, we answer your questions about animal romance, from elephant seals to stick insects.

Rare Video Footage Shows the Dynamics of Cougar Courtship

How cougars find each other in a vast landscape of mountains, raging water, thick forests, and rocky bluffs is one of life’s great mysteries for those of us who study mountain lions. I’ve spent many long hours contemplating this subject, and here’s what I’ve decided: it might be easier than we think. I’m speculating here,…

Striking Picture: Bats Hunt Frogs by Detecting Water Ripples

Male rain forest frogs sing love songs that create water ripples—and attract bat predators, a new study says.

What’s This Mysterious Circle on the Seafloor?

No, it’s not aliens of the deep—it’s actually male puffer fish building elaborate nests, a new study says.

Peacock Surprise: What Females Like in a Male

What do female peahens see when they watch a peacock fan his tail? Hint: It’s not his dazzling blue-green feathers.

Wild Romance: Weird Animal Courtship and Mating Rituals

Valentine’s Day inspires silly displays in the name of romance, but heart-shaped candies and sappy cards are nothing compared to the show that nature routinely puts on. From balloon-blowing seals to penis-fencing flatworms, here’s a selection of some of the flashiest—and weirdest—ways that animals show off and compete to win mates.