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Genes contribute to dog breeds’ iconic traits

5 days ago

Dog breeds tend to have signature traits: Border collies love to herd, greyhounds love to chase, and German…
Get moving! The mystery of animal group behavior

October 1, 2019

It’s not uncommon to see a flock of birds, startled by some perceived threat, take to the air…
Cats, like children and dogs, develop attachments to their caregivers

September 24, 2019

A new Oregon State University study finds that pet cats form attachments with their human owners that are…
Extreme evolution

August 28, 2019

Researchers at McMaster University who rush in after storms to study the behaviour of spiders have found that…
Blue sharks use ocean eddies as fast-tracks to food

August 14, 2019

Blue sharks use large, swirling ocean currents known as eddies to fast-track their way to food in the…
City coyotes’ poor diets could make them more aggressive, study suggests

August 8, 2019

City coyotes’ garbage-based diets are affecting their gut bacteria and that could affect how they interact with humans,…
Left eye? Right eye? American robins have preference when looking at decoy eggs

July 24, 2019

 Just as humans are usually left- or right-handed, other species sometimes prefer one appendage, or eye, over the…
Modeling predicts blue whales’ foraging behavior, aiding population management efforts

July 18, 2019

Scientists can predict where and when blue whales are most likely to be foraging for food in the…
Goats can distinguish emotions from the calls of other goats

July 11, 2019

Goats can probably distinguish subtle emotional changes in the calls of other goats, according to a new study…
Scientists map huge variety of animal life cycles

July 10, 2019

Their findings, published in Nature Ecology and Evolution, come from a detailed assessment of 121 species ranging from…
How Dogs Evolved ‘Puppy Dog Eyes’

July 8, 2019

If you have a dog in your household, you’ve seen it, most likely when you have some tasty…
How in times of trouble animals also stand together

June 20, 2019

Faced with potential violence from rival factions, dwarf mongoose groupmates pull together and behave more co-operatively, according to…
Managing the risk of aggressive dog behaviour

June 18, 2019

Aggressive behaviour in pet dogs is a serious problem for dog owners across the world, with bite injuries…
The brains of birds synchronize when they sing duets

June 12, 2019

When a male or female white-browed sparrow-weaver begins its song, its partner joins in at a certain time.…
To study invasive predators, watch the prey

June 7, 2019

Invading predators can devastate an ecosystem. In fact, a leading cause of extinction is the introduction of predators…
Bird personalities influenced by age and experience, study shows

June 3, 2019

Differences in the personalities of birds are related to both age and experience, according to new research by…
Study using activity monitors to track cats’ activity levels

May 21, 2019

Does your cat live indoors? Researchers from the University of Bristol Vet School want to hear from indoor…
Mighty mites give scrawny beetles the edge over bigger rivals

March 6, 2019

In a study featuring a miniature ‘gym’ for beetles (complete with beetle treadmills), researchers from the University of…
Desert ants’ survival strategy emerges from millions of simple interactions

February 22, 2019

In a new analysis, Princeton researchers have created a mathematical model to explain how desert harvester ants collectively…
Parents don’t pick favorites, at least if you’re a Magellanic penguin

February 21, 2019

Parenthood can be a struggle, particularly for families with multiple children in need of care, nurturing, protection and…
They call it puppy love, but what is it really?

February 20, 2019

Humans just love seeing animals demonstrate love: cuddly chimps grooming each other, say, or penguin pairs carefully passing…
Study to look at a dog’s emotional attachment to toys

January 23, 2019

Does your dog have an attachment to toys? If so, researchers from the University of Bristol Vet School…
Camera trap study reveals the hidden lives of island carnivores

December 27, 2018

Researchers placed 160 cameras on 19 of the 22 Apostle Islands in northern Wisconsin to see which carnivores…
Study solves mystery of how geckos walk on water

December 10, 2018

It’s official, the humble gecko is the Maserati of reptiles. Despite being just a few centimetres long, the…
Females drive the song and dance of male birds-of-paradise

December 4, 2018

Male birds-of-paradise are famous for their showmanship: wildly extravagant plumage, complex vocal arrangements and shape-shifting dance moves. They’ve…
Just like us, giraffes prefer to dine with friends, study finds

November 27, 2018

When it comes to meal times in the animal kingdom, giraffes have been found to be just like…
Frogs breed young to beat virus

November 21, 2018

Scientists studying European common frogs in the UK compared groups (“populations”) exposed to ranavirus and those free from…
How the Elephant Uses its Trunk to Eat

October 29, 2018

A new study demonstrates the physics that elephants use to feed themselves the massive quantities of leaves, fruit…
Chimpanzees sniff out strangers and family members

October 25, 2018

Primates, including humans, are usually thought of as visual animals with reduced reliance on the sense of smell.…
How Animals Use Their Tails to Swish and Swat Away Insects

October 18, 2018

An adult elephant weighs in at nearly five tons. Its peskiest threat is a fraction of that. But…
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