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The Birds and the Bats: Evolving to Fly May Have Had Big Effect on Gut Microbiome

January 7, 2020

It’s no secret there’s a close relationship between humans and our microbiomes — the communities of microbes that…
Protecting two key regions in Belize could save threatened jaguar, say scientists

January 7, 2020

Scientists studying one of the largest populations of jaguars in Central Belize have identified several wildlife corridors that…
New Australian shrimp species scales waterfalls, changes gender and eats using ‘nets’

January 2, 2020

A distinctive feature of the shrimp, Australatya hawkei, are the small ‘nets’ on its front legs used to catch…
How genetics and social games drive evolution of mating systems in mammals

December 31, 2019

Traditional explanations for why some animals are monogamous and others are promiscuous or polygamous have focused on how…
Poisoned prey

December 24, 2019

Chemical defenses of plants not only affect the growth and development of herbivores, but also, indirectly, the next…
Gorgeous geckos: three beautiful new Queensland geckos discovered

December 12, 2019

The three species were discovered by Dr. Conrad Hoskin, a biologist at JCU, and have been officially recognized…
The sound of science: Recognizing species based on acoustics

December 12, 2019

Scientists are set to use data gained from ‘eavesdropping’ on nature to build a picture of Australia’s animal…
Nearly 40% of plant species are very rare, and vulnerable to climate change

December 10, 2019

Almost 40% of global land plant species are categorized as very rare, and these species are most at…
Untangling the branches in the mammal tree of life

December 5, 2019

The mammal tree of life is a real leaner. Some branches are weighed down with thousands of species…
90-million-year-old ‘comma’ shrimp fossil sheds new light on modern species

November 29, 2019

The discovery of hundreds of finely preserved 90-million-year-old fossils in South America has revealed the oldest direct ancestor…
Study tracks genomic changes that reinforce darter speciation

November 28, 2019

When they share habitat, orangethroat and rainbow darters tend to avoid one another, even though they are closely…
Shrewd savannah species choose friends with benefits on the African plains

November 28, 2019

For species trying to boost their chances of avoiding predation, it could be a classic case of ‘it’s…
Researchers find risk in opening goliath grouper fishery

November 19, 2019

A review of the iconic Atlantic goliath grouper by a team of Florida State University scientists revealed considerable…
Spot the difference: Scientists find two identical-looking bird species have very different genes

November 14, 2019

New research by the Milner Centre for Evolution academics in collaboration with Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou (China)…
Complex society discovered in birds

November 5, 2019

Multilevel societies have, until now, only been known to exist among large-brained mammals including humans, other primates, elephants,…
A colourful bird. Image credit: Pixnio, CC0 Public Domain
Species in the Amazon evolve more slowly than those in North America

October 31, 2019

For the past decade or so, Jason Weir has traveled into the Amazon rainforest to play songs to hundreds of…
Gimme Six! Researchers Discover Aye-Aye’s Extra Finger

October 30, 2019

The world’s weirdest little primate has gotten even weirder, thanks to the discovery of a tiny extra digit.…
Humpback whale population on the rise after near miss with extinction

October 23, 2019

A population of humpback whales in the South Atlantic has rebounded from the brink of extinction. Intense pressure…
Study finds darker ants dominate the rainforest canopy

October 23, 2019

A study of the differences in the colour of ants, led by University of Liverpool researchers, has revealed…
‘Industrial melanism’ linked to same gene in three moth species

October 18, 2019

The rise of dark forms of many species of moth in heavily polluted areas of 19th and 20th…
Sperm and egg cell ‘immune response’ protects koala DNA

October 15, 2019

Discovery of a type of immunity that protects koalas’ DNA from viruses has importance for the survival of…
Scientists retrace monarch’s toxin-immunity evolution

October 5, 2019

Small genetic changes prevent a normally fatal poison from killing monarch butterflies. By editing these genes into laboratory…
Otherworldly Worms with Three Sexes Discovered in Mono Lake

September 27, 2019

Caltech scientists have discovered a new species of worm thriving in the extreme environment of Mono Lake. This…
Catching evolution in the act

September 27, 2019

Charles Darwin was right. In his 1859 book, “On the Origin of Species,” the famed scientist hypothesized that…
Less genes for a life in water

September 26, 2019

While whales and dolphins spend their entire life in the ocean, these air-breathing mammals actually evolved from terrestrial…
Common marmoset. Credit: Almuth Einspanier/MPG
Male common marmosets smell female fertility

September 24, 2019

Scientists from the University of Leipzig and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology found that male common…
Genetically Tailored Instruction Improves Songbird Learning

September 18, 2019

Some recent research suggests that educational achievement can be predicted based on differences in our genes. But does…
How long does a whale feed? New data gives insight into blue and fin whale behavior

September 12, 2019

Researchers using electronic tags were able to monitor blue and fin whales off the coast of Southern California…
Scientists shocked to discover two new species of electric eel

September 10, 2019

An international team of scientists has discovered two new species of electric eel, one of which delivers 860…
Breakdown in Coral Spawning Places Species at Risk of Extinction

September 6, 2019

Coral reefs are among the most diverse and productive ecosystems on our planet. But due to climate change…
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