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Eye fossil proves ancient sea predator had strong vision

Eye fossil proves ancient sea predator had strong vision

Posted Thu, 08 Dec 2011 21:47:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

The giant shrimp-like Anomalocaris that lived 515 millions years ago had superb vision, paleontologists have found after discovering a fossilised eye.

Eye fossil proves ancient sea predator had strong vision

Guppies, mating and the social group

Guppies, mating and the social group

Posted Thu, 08 Dec 2011 14:22:00 GMT by Ines Morales

New research on female guppies and their responses to mating. A recent study from the universities of Exeter and Copenhagen examined the mating behavior of the Trinidadian guppy, a species of freshwater fish you might know very well if you're one of those people who like to keep aquariums at home.

Guppies, mating and the social group

 Earthquakes and 'wise toads' predicting them

Earthquakes and 'wise toads' predicting them

Posted Sun, 04 Dec 2011 00:30:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

A study recently published looks at the possibility that toads can predict earthquakes. A toad breeding lake emptied a few days before the much-reported Italian M6.3 earthquake on April 6th 2009 and was only revisited by its former occupants after a series of aftershocks.

Earthquakes and 'wise toads' predicting them

Chimp throwbacks

Chimp throwbacks

Posted Thu, 01 Dec 2011 10:11:47 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Human evolution seems to have begun with tools, language and hunting. Now it seems the silver medallist in these events is catching us up. Chimpanzees have long been recorded throwing with great accuracy in zoos as well as in the wild.

Chimp throwbacks

Osteoderms storing minerals helped huge dinosaurs survive

Osteoderms storing minerals helped huge dinosaurs survive

Posted Wed, 30 Nov 2011 18:33:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Some of the biggest dinosaurs on earth used minerals stored in bones under their skin (osteoderms) in times of crisis or hardship, a study shows.

Osteoderms storing minerals helped huge dinosaurs survive

The whales are calling you

The whales are calling you

Posted Tue, 29 Nov 2011 19:44:00 GMT by Dave Collier

Get involved in a project to help categorize whale calls. The crowdsourcing Whale Project is intended to help confirm researcher's whale song categorizations while also raising interest and awareness for the work that has been undertaken to understand these wonderful creatures.

The whales are calling you

Colobus chorus

Colobus chorus

Posted Tue, 29 Nov 2011 18:12:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

There is nothing more delightful than waking in South East Asian forests to the gibbon dawn chorus, but South America Howlers and African Colobus seem to compete more loudly. In an intriguing and difficult investigation by Anne Schel and Klaus Zuberbuhler, communication in animals reports a dawn chorus from insect, amphibian and bird.

Colobus chorus

Long live the queen bee

Long live the queen bee

Posted Tue, 29 Nov 2011 16:21:00 GMT by Dave Collier

Vitellogenin, a protein important for the health of bees has been studied to give a greater understanding of its role in their lives.

Long live the queen bee

Spider 'Repell-Ant'

Spider 'Repell-Ant'

Posted Wed, 23 Nov 2011 22:02:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Orb web spiders are able to coat an alkaloid on their threads that prevents hordes of ants from raiding the larder, or even eating the owner. As they grow larger, the Golden Orb Web spider coats the web with the repellent and no intruder can pass over.

Spider 'Repell-Ant'

Grey seals have real personality

Grey seals have real personality

Posted Wed, 23 Nov 2011 18:15:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Grey seals have very different personalities that influence how they protect their pups, say researchers. Mother grey seals in Scotland choose very different approaches to nurture and protect their pups according to their personality.

Grey seals have real personality

Horses look back

Horses look back

Posted Wed, 23 Nov 2011 16:01:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Science has advanced now to the extent that we can look back in history through the mitochondrial DNA of humans and now the rest of our fauna. Horses are such a major part of history that perhaps there are even better stories to be winkled out of the chromosomes before another new technique delivers a magic mirror to view our past.

Horses look back

Guppies have evolved to stay the same

Guppies have evolved to stay the same

Posted Wed, 23 Nov 2011 14:18:00 GMT by James Mathews

Guppies have been evolving for at least half a million years and yet there is one characteristic of them that seems to have remained exactly the same where the male guppies are concerned.

Guppies have evolved to stay the same

A high-speed camera reveals the secrets of a leaping frog

A high-speed camera reveals the secrets of a leaping frog

Posted Thu, 17 Nov 2011 21:35:00 GMT by Dave Collier

Research has shown that tendons allow frogs to jump great distances. A jump requires strong muscles to propel an animal's body against the pull of gravity and muscle power alone would not explain the speed and distance that frogs are able to achieve.

A high-speed camera reveals the secrets of a leaping frog

Mystery of Antarctica's Gamburtsev Mountain Range solved

Mystery of Antarctica's Gamburtsev Mountain Range solved

Posted Thu, 17 Nov 2011 21:00:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

A 50-year puzzle about how a mountain range, the Gamburtsev Subglacial Mountains, 3km under the Antarctic ice, was created looks like it has been solved by a team of international scientists.

Mystery of Antarctica's Gamburtsev Mountain Range solved

A new weapon against invasive species

A new weapon against invasive species

Posted Wed, 16 Nov 2011 18:22:00 GMT by Ines Morales

The proposed Joint Work Programme to improve communication strategies in the global biodiversity community.

A new weapon against invasive species

Eleven new bee species

Eleven new bee species

Posted Tue, 15 Nov 2011 21:55:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

James Gibbs from Cornell University has identified 11 new sweat bee species from extensive DNA analysis and specimen investigations throughout the US and Canada.

Eleven new bee species

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Seahorses live further north than we thought

Posted Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:48:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Naked, unafraid mole rats and longevity

Posted Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:35:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Waterbirds respond to global warming.

Posted Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:01:19 GMT by Paul Robinson

Life on Europe

Posted Sun, 25 Jan 2015 12:29:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Fanged frogs and live-bearing feats.

Posted Sun, 18 Jan 2015 15:50:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Whale evolution resolved, but only slightly.

Posted Wed, 14 Jan 2015 10:36:04 GMT by JW Dowey

Gibbon-speak is real language.

Posted Sun, 11 Jan 2015 19:39:12 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Shark self-conservation

Posted Thu, 08 Jan 2015 20:45:19 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Support your local orcas.

Posted Sat, 03 Jan 2015 13:06:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Mongoose inbreeding maintains social system?

Posted Sun, 28 Dec 2014 12:42:23 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Tool use and manufacture, but by birds

Posted Wed, 03 Sep 2014 10:01:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Spider silk bridges rivers

Posted Sat, 28 Dec 2013 13:55:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Increase in whale strandings causes concern

Posted Fri, 06 May 2011 08:26:00 GMT by Melanie J. Martin

Echolocation: Call your partner or find your dinner

Posted Wed, 03 Oct 2012 00:01:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Pesticides threaten social, ecological aspect of ant hunting in Brazil

Posted Fri, 07 Jan 2011 11:03:12 GMT by Paromita Pain

Cuckoo, cuckoo, new species of bee

Posted Tue, 04 Sep 2012 11:38:55 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Nitrogen absorption avoided in sea-lion diving

Posted Wed, 19 Sep 2012 08:43:17 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Ants, plants and pitchers

Posted Thu, 23 May 2013 18:07:19 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Chimpanzees choose hand clasps by cultural preference

Posted Tue, 28 Aug 2012 23:01:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Polar bears starvation risk as Hudson Bay ice is late arriving

Posted Tue, 23 Nov 2010 18:50:00 GMT by Lucy Brake