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An ancient ant with a mite attached to its head is the oldest such fossil ever found, a new study says.
Scientists have discovered a “bizarre” parasite from the Jurassic era that really sucked. An international team of researchers recently described this 165-million-year-old fossilized fly larvae that they found in Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region in northeastern China once studded with volcanoes and freshwater lakes. They named the species Qiyia jurassica (“Qiyia” is derived from the Chinese word for “strange”),…
Ten years ago, some male crickets in Hawaii began to fall mysteriously silent, and now scientists have discovered why.
The female fig wasp has a built-in power tool: An appendage that’s thinner than a human hair and tipped with zinc, a new study reveals.
Miley’s tongue has nothing on the animal world when it comes to waggle and weirdness. Get a taste of nature’s coolest tongues.
Learn more about the botfly, an invasive parasite that infects squirrels and other animals every fall.
With Halloween coming up, we thought we’d take a look at real-life “zombies”—and how they get that way.
A cluster of tapeworm eggs have been discovered in 270 million-year-old fossilized shark feces, suggesting that the intestinal parasites are much older than previously thought.
When a caterpillar munches on a plant, its ‘call for help’ actually brings more guests to the table than expected, a new study says.
Time to throw out your razor? A new study indicates that having hairier skin may help a person ward off bedbugs.
This post is part of a special National Geographic news series on global water issues. Decades of civil war in southern Sudan have hindered the population’s access to clean water and allowed some parasites to persist. But international efforts have made headway on one particular scourge: the Guinea worm. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has…
By James G. Robertson, National Geographic Digital Media A New York Times story yesterday brought this video to our attention, which we found both fascinating and disturbing. Wildlife filmmaker Vanessa Serrao returned from Belize with a special souvenir after she was bit on the head by a mosquito carrying a botfly egg, according to reporting…
Why is sex the dominant form of reproduction on the planet? Scientists think they know why–and it all has to do with evasion of parasites. NGS photo of elephants mating by Michael Nichols Sex may have evolved in part as a defense against parasites, an article published in the July issue of the academic journal…