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Hominids, orangutans, and really hard seeds

Hominids, orangutans, and really hard seeds

Posted Thu, 15 Dec 2011 01:11:00 GMT by Ines Morales

New research on orangutans can shed light on the evolution of the human species. Sometime in the deep past, one or more hominid species started down an evolutionary path that would eventually lead to us: how exactly did that happen? Now, a recent piece of research on hungry orangutans has contributed something to the discussion.

Hominids, orangutans, and really hard seeds

The petal of the buttercup

The petal of the buttercup

Posted Wed, 14 Dec 2011 23:18:00 GMT by Ines Morales

Scientists have finally discovered the anatomical secrets of the buttercup flower. Put a buttercup flower under your chin and it will shine. Everyone knows this - at least, everyone who has tested it - and children have gone so far as to turn it into a game.

The petal of the buttercup

When great white sharks attack - and how seals try to get away

When great white sharks attack - and how seals try to get away

Posted Sat, 10 Dec 2011 20:45:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Why great white sharks are such bad news for Cape fur seals. A pair of scientists have put the ocean's greatest killing machines under the spotlight to find they rely on cunning, speed and stealth to get their prey.

When great white sharks attack - and how seals try to get away

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

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Teaching is the Oldest Profession.

Posted Tue, 09 Feb 2016 10:47:50 GMT by JW Dowey

Rabbits, rabbits, rabbits - nohare to be seen.

Posted Wed, 27 Jan 2016 21:09:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Stealth predator avoids predation by chemical crypsis.

Posted Tue, 12 Jan 2016 12:36:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Army ants engineer living bridges!

Posted Wed, 09 Dec 2015 12:26:26 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Human migration vital in the Caucasus.

Posted Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:18:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Devil rays surviving in the Mediterranean.

Posted Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:20:05 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Philippine eagle helped by Whitley Award

Posted Fri, 01 May 2015 08:42:42 GMT by JW Dowey

Gibbon families grow larger with bi-female groups.

Posted Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:06:05 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The owl and the butterfly - and mimicry

Posted Wed, 08 Apr 2015 08:50:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

April Fools, with the naughty bits explained!

Posted Thu, 02 Apr 2015 09:48:52 GMT by JW Dowey

Glaucus has a twin!

Posted Wed, 03 Jul 2013 00:01:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

International Day for Biodiversity - 22nd May 2013

Posted Wed, 22 May 2013 11:52:46 GMT by Michael Evans

Dolphins Dying in Record Numbers in Gulf of Mexico

Posted Sat, 09 Apr 2011 15:09:00 GMT by Kirsten E. Silven

Further Wildlife Deaths Linked To Gulf Oil Spill

Posted Thu, 24 Feb 2011 18:29:01 GMT by Kieran Ball

A Tale of Thresher Sharks

Posted Mon, 15 Jul 2013 07:15:23 GMT by Paul Robinson

Gorilla Glutes get the Girls

Posted Wed, 02 May 2012 20:32:29 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Madagascar is Worlds Apart

Posted Wed, 21 Mar 2012 12:36:38 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Ocean acidity experience improves offspring responses

Posted Wed, 08 Jan 2014 10:25:01 GMT by JW Dowey

Birdsong proves geographical races have different responses.

Posted Sun, 30 Nov 2014 12:25:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The whales are calling you

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