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Researchers solve long-standing puzzle about link between genetic mutations, mating behavior in fruit flies

October 17, 2019

More than a century ago, early geneticists showed that the inheritance of a single mutation by fruit flies…
Study: In darters, male competition drives evolution of flashy fins, bodies

August 1, 2018

Scientists once thought that female mate choice alone accounted for the eye-catching color patterns seen in some male…
Team Uncovers the Physiology Behind the Hour-long Mating Call of Midshipman Fish

January 25, 2018

According to the Guinness World Records, the longest any person has held a continuous vocal note is just…
Male dolphins offer gifts to attract females

November 21, 2017

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have captured a rare sexual display: evidence of male humpback dolphins…
Prehistoric humans are likely to have formed mating networks to avoid inbreeding

October 10, 2017

Early humans seem to have recognised the dangers of inbreeding at least 34,000 years ago, and developed surprisingly sophisticated social…
Lack of opportunities promotes brood care

October 12, 2016

Male black coucals who care for their broods alone are just as successful as pairs of the closely…
Mice sing like jet engines to find a mate

October 12, 2016

Mice court one another with ultrasonic love songs that are inaudible to the human ear. New research shows…
Female bonobos send mixed messages to males

June 30, 2016

In several species of primates, males often discern when to mate with a female based on cyclical changes…
Lizards camouflage themselves by choosing rocks that best match the colour of their backs

January 25, 2016

Resting out in the open on rocks can be a risky business for Aegean wall lizards. Out in…
Female sex cannibals not angry, just picky: spider study finds

December 16, 2015

The female raft spider – often accused of indiscriminate aggression for cannibalising her potential suitors – is actually…
Why are some wild animals more tolerant to human interaction than others?

November 17, 2015

When most wild animals first encounter humans, they respond as they would to any predator — by running,…
Wild birds choose love over food

November 17, 2015

Scientists from the Department of Zoology found that mated pairs of great tits chose to prioritise their relationships…
How Badgers Get Ahead in Game of Life

October 15, 2015

New research has shown that badgers, one of Ireland’s most iconic wild creatures, roll the dice in their…
Edible love gifts may influence female behaviour, suggests cricket study

October 8, 2015

Edible gifts given by male crickets to their female partners during mating contain unique proteins which could affect…
Harmonic pillow talk

October 7, 2015

The vocal repertoire of songbirds not only consists of complex song which is mainly uttered in the breeding…
Love’s Labours: study shows male lizards risk becoming lunch for a bird in order to attract a mate

September 27, 2015

In the animal kingdom, the flashiest males often have more luck attracting a mate. But when your predators…
Reef fish study reveals migratory mateship

September 24, 2015

New UTS research confirms that, when it comes to rabbitfish couples, appearances can be deceptive, raising fundamental questions…
Breeding study could save endangered long-beaked echidna

September 24, 2015

An echidna-breeding partnership between The University of Queensland and the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has proved so successful that…
Orang-utan females prefer cheek-padded males

September 2, 2015

Unlike most mammals, male orang-utans express one of two distinct morphological forms: some develop large “cheek pads” on…
Pandas Defy Labels, Move To Their Own Rhythms

August 7, 2015

When it comes to body clocks, pandas are the rugged individualists of the forest. The research team led…
Male koalas raise their voices to avoid conflict

July 9, 2015

A team of international scientists has tracked the love lives of koalas, uncovering some curious behaviours and finding…
Early bird gets the sperm … to the egg

June 15, 2015

What gets you out of bed in the morning? Before morning has broken, and some time before blackbird…
To hunt and eat, bats listen for signals in prey mating calls

May 29, 2015

When it’s time for a meal of katydids, bats use their ears. When hunting and eating male katydids,…
Artificial night lighting causes birds to sing earlier

March 18, 2015

Under the influence of artificial night lighting, four out of six studied songbird species started dawn and dusk…
Female fish that avoid mating with related species also shun some of their own

March 5, 2015

A new study offers insight into a process that could lead one species to diverge into two, researchers…
Love at first smell: Can birds choose mates by their odors?

December 1, 2014

Mate choice is often the most important decision in the lives of humans and animals. Scientists at the…
Aggression in male chimpanzees leads to mating success

November 14, 2014

In the animal kingdom, the battle of the sexes often truly becomes a battle. Among chimpanzees, males may…
Fighting for Females: The Evolution of a Hummingbird

November 6, 2014

Tiny, swift, and iridescent, hummingbirds dart around flowers and feeders, sipping nectar with their seemingly delicate beaks. But…
Judging a Fish By Its Color: For Female Bluefin Killfish, Love is a Yellow Mate

October 24, 2014

There’s an old adage that warns against passing judgment based on appearance, but female bluefin killifish, like many…
Secret wing colours attract female fruit flies

October 23, 2014

Bright colours appear on a fruit fly’s transparent wings against a dark background as a result of light…
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