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Ladies’ choice: What drives faster, flashier formation of new animal species

August 1, 2019

Evolution is actually a Sadie Hawkins dance, as new research shows females not only determine whether male animals…
Return of the wolves: How deer escape tactics help save their lives

March 6, 2019

As gray wolves continue to make a strong comeback in Washington state, their presence can’t help but impact…
Genetics could determine if the person is going to like animals or not

January 7, 2019

Most people love animals. Whenever you meet a person, you can be sure that they either have a…
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…
How to recognise your own kind

November 5, 2018

What does it take for a fish to recognise another fish? Scientists from the Max Planck Institute of…
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…
Ancient mice discovered by climate cavers

September 24, 2018

The fossils of two extinct mice species have been discovered in caves in tropical Queensland by University of…
Dragons and turkeys and insects, oh my! A day in the life of an animal control specialist

August 16, 2018

When a foot-long bearded dragon appears on a rock near Bascom Hill, or a turkey flies through a stained-glass window in Science…
Fortune — and nature — favors the bold

June 6, 2018

Some people argue that animals have personalities: shy, bold, aggressive. It’s more than just cocktail party conversation for…
Worm-eating mice on small island hold clues to evolution

May 18, 2018

When animals are isolated on an island, all bets are off as to how they will evolve and…
Scientists Develop Method to Estimate New England Cottontail Population

May 18, 2018

Scientists with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire have developed a method…
NIH researchers develop “hibernation in a dish” to study how animals adapt to the cold

May 8, 2018

Researchers at the National Eye Institute have discovered cellular mechanisms that help the 13-lined ground squirrel survive hibernation.…
Zombie Deer Scare Human and Animal Health Officials

April 17, 2018

Gaunt, stuporous zombie-like deer are stumbling through the American wilderness. Not a product of Hollywood’s imagination, these animals…
Animals shield their families from a harsh world

March 14, 2018

Biologists from the University of Bristol, the University of Exeter and UCL investigated an overlooked reason for widespread…
Hairy tongues help bats drink up

February 8, 2018

Animals have evolved all manner of adaptations to get the nutrients they need. For nectar-feeding bats, long snouts…
Orangutans, like people, use medicinal plants to treat joint and muscle inflammation

January 15, 2018

Scientists have discovered that the same plant used by indigenous people on Borneo is also used by wild…
How climate change affects animal distributions

December 11, 2017

A team of researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno has been studying the effects of climate change…
Bristol study resolves dispute about the origin of animals

December 4, 2017

Recent genomic analyses have “flip-flopped” between whether sponges or comb jellies are our deepest ancestors, leading experts to…
Biodiversity: Life on the Edge

November 2, 2017

Research published today in the academic journal Nature highlights how biodiversity is changing as a result of deforestation…
Mongolian microfossils point to the rise of animals on Earth

October 24, 2017

A Yale-led research team has discovered a cache of embryo-like microfossils in northern Mongolia that may shed light…
Shrews shrink in winter and regrow in spring

October 24, 2017

During winter, the skull of common shrews shrinks by up to 15 per cent, only to grow back…
Neurobiologist receives NSF funding for animal cognition research, education, and outreach

October 16, 2017

Is overcrowding in cities bad for your brain?  Do children in preschool learn better because of the social…
Unraveling the Genetics of Disc Disease in Dogs

October 12, 2017

Since the early 1900s, veterinarians have observed intervertebral disc disease — a common cause of back pain, rear limb…
Guess who’s coming to dinner: Exploring the factors that influence wildlife scavenging

September 25, 2017

Wildlife scavengers are constantly on the lookout for their next meal, but now researchers at the University of…
New moon puts lion’s prey on edge

September 21, 2017

Stirred in the middle of the night by a steady stream of light, we wonder: is that a…
Running Roaches, Flapping Moths Create a New Physics of Organisms

September 21, 2017

Sand-swimming lizards, slithering robotic snakes, dusk-flying moths and running roaches all have one thing in common: They’re increasingly…
Capturing the body odour of mammals

September 20, 2017

Mammals communicate with each other using olfactory cues. This way they recognize relatives or friends or find a…
‘Mysterious’ ancient creature was definitely an animal, research confirms

September 18, 2017

It lived well over 550 million years ago, is known only through fossils and has variously been described…
How Tails Help Geckos and Other Vertebrates Make Great Strides

September 11, 2017

A wagging tail is often associated with dogs’ emotions, but the side-to-side motion may also help them take…
More research needed on effects of maternal stress in wild animals

September 11, 2017

If a human mother is stressed while pregnant, research shows her child is much more likely to have…
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