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Two new species of frog discovered, one the smallest vertebrate yet

Two new species of frog discovered, one the smallest vertebrate yet

Posted Fri, 13 Jan 2012 16:47:02 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Two new species of frog discovered in New Guinea, one the smallest vertebrate yet. One small step for Paedophryne amauensis is a giant step for the evolution of the tiniest vertebrate footprints anywhere.

Two new species of frog discovered, one the smallest vertebrate yet

Plain faces of primate evolution aid communication

Plain faces of primate evolution aid communication

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

Primate faces evolve to be simpler and plainer in larger groups, which help them communicate through facial expression, a new study suggests. Their facial evolution also alter according to their environment.

Plain faces of primate evolution aid communication

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

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Sneeze to leave, and wild dogs vote for a hunt!

Posted Wed, 06 Sep 2017 07:15:00 GMT by JW.Dowey

Sheep hunted before domestication in the Middle East.

Posted Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:25:00 GMT by JW. Dowey

Stream insects live well in Yorkshire

Posted Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:55:00 GMT by JW.Dowey

Bees that buzz and those that help the economy!

Posted Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:15:00 GMT by JW. Dowey

Climate Change drives early laying/hatching, but not only Temperature!

Posted Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:16:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Bees succeed against the odds, even when solitary.

Posted Tue, 18 Apr 2017 08:16:55 GMT by JW. Dowey

Fascination in rocky pools and their invertebrate inhabitants

Posted Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:25:01 GMT by JW. Dowey

Army ants tolerate multiple evolutions of beetle mimics

Posted Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:50:00 GMT by JW. Dowey

Auks transform Arctic ecosystems.

Posted Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:20:00 GMT by JW. Dowey

Tiger, leopard and dhole share resources in India

Posted Wed, 08 Feb 2017 10:28:00 GMT by JW. Dowey

New Caledonian crows and their tools

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

Grey seals have real personality

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

Toxic chemicals found in peregrine falcon eggs

Posted Fri, 22 Apr 2011 14:23:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

The bigger the invader, the better

Posted Wed, 25 Sep 2013 04:09:02 GMT by JW Dowey

The hunting leech

Posted Tue, 01 Nov 2011 17:09:00 GMT by Ines Morales

Tail of a rat who won't chew but he's a new species and new genus

Posted Tue, 21 Aug 2012 23:01:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Desert memories and route guidance - for ants

Posted Wed, 28 May 2014 12:08:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The pygmy right whale is finally found (and found unique!)

Posted Wed, 19 Dec 2012 13:45:46 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Viral infections in native pollinators spell disaster for honey bees

Posted Tue, 18 Jan 2011 13:40:00 GMT by Michael Evans

Taking the Plan Bee roads

Posted Tue, 12 Apr 2011 13:30:01 GMT by John Dean