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Colour blindness helps monkeys catch camouflaged prey

Colour blindness helps monkeys catch camouflaged prey

Posted Thu, 12 Jan 2012 00:01:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

A recent project has reversed the opinions we tend to hold on colour vision. The study on various types of tamarin monkey suggests colour blindness actually helps monkeys catch camouflaged prey.

Colour blindness helps monkeys catch camouflaged prey

'Extinct' giant Floreana tortoise may be alive, say scientists

'Extinct' giant Floreana tortoise may be alive, say scientists

Posted Tue, 10 Jan 2012 15:28:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

DNA tests suggest the giant Floreana tortoise, which has been thought to be extinct for 150 years, may be alive on Wolf Volcano in the Galapagos Islands.

'Extinct' giant Floreana tortoise may be alive, say scientists

Big teeth and strong arms of saber-toothed cat

Big teeth and strong arms of saber-toothed cat

Posted Thu, 05 Jan 2012 16:58:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Saber-toothed cats and similar prehistoric predators had large teeth and strong forearms, but their canines were fragile and liable to break, according to a new study

Big teeth and strong arms of saber-toothed cat

Vent beasts give clues to a whole new biogeography

Vent beasts give clues to a whole new biogeography

Posted Wed, 04 Jan 2012 20:11:15 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The Galapagos trench and many other Pacific, Indian Ocean (possibly related to a SW Pacific biogeographic province) and mid-Atlantic trenches have been slowly 'unearthed', until recently the faunal diversity was found to be centred on the Antarctic Ocean.

Vent beasts give clues to a whole new biogeography

Honey bee wipeout may be caused by phorid fly

Honey bee wipeout may be caused by phorid fly

Posted Wed, 04 Jan 2012 14:37:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

The tiny parasitic phorid fly infects honey bees as well as bumble bees and may be the cause of the mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), a new American study suggests.

Honey bee wipeout may be caused by phorid fly

It is important to get a head

It is important to get a head

Posted Wed, 21 Dec 2011 21:51:42 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Lauren Sallan, post-doctoral student at the University of Chicago has equalled her prestigious colleagues with recent achievements in evolutionary understanding. The idea that the development of features in the head precedes that in other areas such as body shape is a hard one to prove.

It is important to get a head

Cockroach copycat sex chemical could save rare woodpeckers

Cockroach copycat sex chemical could save rare woodpeckers

Posted Tue, 20 Dec 2011 14:09:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

A synthetic sex chemical used by female wood cockroaches to attract mates, could be used to ensure endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers in America have an adequate food supply.

Cockroach copycat sex chemical could save rare woodpeckers

New Caledonian crows and their tools

New Caledonian crows and their tools

Posted Sat, 17 Dec 2011 09:18:29 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Tool using has now been observed in several species since the chimpanzee showed us that we are not alone in the use of implements. The New Caledonian crow has joined the rook, the Eurasian jay and the Egyptian vulture in the bird tool users club.

New Caledonian crows and their tools

Arboreal ant wars

Arboreal ant wars

Posted Thu, 15 Dec 2011 21:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Distance warfare has been thought to be a human development. Ants have beaten us to it long ago, though! Interspecific competition and wide ranging predations have helped both defence and offence mechanisms.

Arboreal ant wars

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

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New Homes for Ants: socialism in insects!

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How is the goat a close human communicator?

Posted Thu, 07 Jul 2016 12:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The human as a speciating force of nature!

Posted Sat, 02 Jul 2016 09:50:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Parrots learn New (Zealand) tricks

Posted Wed, 01 Jun 2016 09:50:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Crow about the success of bird brains.

Posted Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:30:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Echidnas rule the flames(forest fires)

Posted Wed, 13 Apr 2016 13:20:00 GMT by JW Dowey

History laid bare by genetics.

Posted Sat, 02 Apr 2016 11:05:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

New Colombian forest frogs found.

Posted Fri, 18 Mar 2016 10:50:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Is camouflage cryptic or a masquerade?

Posted Wed, 24 Feb 2016 09:25:34 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Teaching is the Oldest Profession.

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

A squids intelligent mimicry technique

Posted Wed, 28 Aug 2013 19:35:57 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Wildlife, Genes and Speciation Part II

Posted Thu, 10 Nov 2011 11:27:20 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Beetles keeping it bottled-up

Posted Fri, 30 Sep 2011 16:17:05 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Plain faces of primate evolution aid communication

Posted Thu, 12 Jan 2012 16:50:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Inuit insight into killer whale (Orcinus orca) predation and prey

Posted Wed, 01 Feb 2012 00:08:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Two new species of freshwater stingray discovered in the Amazon

Posted Wed, 16 Mar 2011 14:45:00 GMT by Louise Murray

Whales suffering sunburn in Gulf of California

Posted Wed, 10 Nov 2010 14:01:00 GMT by Emma McNeil

The whales are calling you

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

Great Lakes Puzzles (or Lessons) for Ecologists.

Posted Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:16:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Not just a pretty face: adult Barbary macaques recognise photos of friends

Posted Fri, 18 Mar 2011 15:16:00 GMT by Helen Roddis