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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

Orang-utan killing in Kalimantan

Orang-utan killing in Kalimantan

Posted Tue, 15 Nov 2011 07:47:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Serious threat to the endangered ape shown in a new study. Research showed that at least 750 orang-utans were killed in the last year. Indonesian, Malaysian and Australian researchers have produced this shocking result from an analysis of human and orang-utan conflict in Kalimantan.

Orang-utan killing in Kalimantan

Wildlife, Genes and Speciation Part II

Wildlife, Genes and Speciation Part II

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

The second part of The Earth Times coverage of the Conference of The Wildlife Society taking place in Waikoloa, Hawaii this week, written by Dave Armstrong.

Wildlife, Genes and Speciation Part II

Wildlife, Genes and Speciation Part I

Wildlife, Genes and Speciation Part I

Posted Wed, 09 Nov 2011 23:57:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

In Waikoloa, Hawaii this week, there is the most remarkable collection of sessions and workshops. Whether eco-freak or mountain (wo)man, we can all regard with awe this mix of science, policy and wildlife management which is the US. Wildlife Society. This the first part of The Earth Times coverage of this event, written by Dave Armstrong.

Wildlife, Genes and Speciation Part I

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