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Smart, social bats use ring-tone cues

Smart, social bats use ring-tone cues

Posted Wed, 23 Oct 2013 08:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The ways in which social information are passed on and when they are useful are intriguing in many animal species. Here the acoustic frequencies of bats were tapped into and their importance as food signals was passed on somehow to other male bats.

Smart, social bats use ring-tone cues

Cuckoos mimic hawks

Cuckoos mimic hawks

Posted Fri, 18 Oct 2013 12:44:30 GMT by Colin Ricketts

We normally regard Batesian mimics as butterflies that pretend to be poisonous, or even snakes. The cuckoo now reveals its subtle disguise as a dangerous predator of small birds, but of course, it's fooling these small birds into letting it lay an egg in their nest.

Cuckoos mimic hawks

'Tiddlers' become evolutionary models

'Tiddlers' become evolutionary models

Posted Wed, 16 Oct 2013 09:35:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Do sticklebacks become larger when they invade the low salinity of freshwater, or do limited resources cause them to become smaller? Both answers are correct, apparently!

'Tiddlers' become evolutionary models

Smallest animals around, for now!

Smallest animals around, for now!

Posted Tue, 01 Oct 2013 09:50:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

A simple summary of some small creatures, missing out some such as the flies and beetles, because I know there will be new discoveries around the corner!

Smallest animals around, for now!

Changing your tune in hummingbirds

Changing your tune in hummingbirds

Posted Wed, 25 Sep 2013 17:40:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

This large hummingbird seems able to be a song-writer as well as a songster.With detailed examination of its song with the latest instruments, we can now say those abilities are equivalent to the brainy parrots!

Changing your tune in hummingbirds

Surprise in bee reproduction

Surprise in bee reproduction

Posted Wed, 25 Sep 2013 04:17:13 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Intriguing comparisons have been made by ancient and modern philosophies about the similarities between the bee and the human. Here is a small sign than altruism is not the only source of the insect’s success.Perhaps the conservation of rare bees will be helped, too, with this discovery.

Surprise in bee reproduction

The bigger the invader, the better

The bigger the invader, the better

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

When alien species invade a new habitat, the native biodiversity is reduced, but this is the first study to quantify the changes in the adapting species. Its effect on the invertebrates and native fish is extreme.

The bigger the invader, the better

Animals of the world, complete!

Animals of the world, complete!

Posted Thu, 19 Sep 2013 06:45:00 GMT by JW Dowey

All the animals on earth deserve a better fate. We have made them extinct and rare in so many cases. Now is the time to make some amends by at least listing, as perfectly as possible, the entirety of their species.

Animals of the world, complete!

Travelling orang

Travelling orang

Posted Fri, 13 Sep 2013 10:09:10 GMT by JW Dowey

Sumatran male orang-utans make their intentions clear in this paper on behaviour that makes planning one of those details that makes some animals different.

Travelling orang

Woolly mammoth range dynamics are discovered

Woolly mammoth range dynamics are discovered

Posted Wed, 11 Sep 2013 06:48:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The human influence is discounted as the last continental mammoths died out, being unable to survive in refuges that previously had functioned to ensure their survival.

Woolly mammoth range dynamics are discovered

Mystery Orkney Islands genetics

Mystery Orkney Islands genetics

Posted Mon, 09 Sep 2013 10:11:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

There is no connection between the amazing Neolithic buildings of Skara Brae and neighbouring stone circles and the people who took voles from the Low Countries to the Orkneys! Wrong again.

Mystery Orkney Islands genetics

Four centuries of forestry

Four centuries of forestry

Posted Fri, 06 Sep 2013 12:04:55 GMT by JW Dowey

The first European settlers saw a magnificent and pristine expanse of forest flora and fauna that had not been seen, in Europe, for example, since the Iron Age. Here is its history.

Four centuries of forestry

A squids intelligent mimicry technique

A squids intelligent mimicry technique

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

When a squid attacks, we think we know what they are up to, but here's one that has a truly novel approach, and a lot of technique, it seems.

A squids intelligent mimicry technique

Goat History

Goat History

Posted Tue, 06 Aug 2013 10:20:28 GMT by Dave Armstrong

When we look at the cultures that use the goat as a symbol, an icon or simply as an image of domesticity, we begin to understand just how long people have used animal species as an integrated part of their lives. The animals also changed to suit us.

Goat History

Central Asian ecology

Central Asian ecology

Posted Tue, 23 Jul 2013 10:23:21 GMT by Paul Robinson

The legacy of the USSR looms large over the Uzbeks, Tadzhiks and Kazakhs. Here is an account of how the fabulous alpine meadows and riverside forests have survived.

Central Asian ecology

Bouncing bird is the toughest on earth

Bouncing bird is the toughest on earth

Posted Wed, 17 Jul 2013 12:29:17 GMT by Paul Robinson

The Tibetan or Hume’s ground tit is able to withstand the severest conditions. How it has adapted genetically is of great interest to current genome specialists.

Bouncing bird is the toughest on earth

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Spot (or hear) the vole - in the snow

Posted Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Horse Sense

Posted Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:04:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

We’re mad about Madagascar.

Posted Sat, 11 Oct 2014 09:17:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Bad news for corals and divers.

Posted Tue, 07 Oct 2014 08:30:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Voyage to/from Ancient New Zealand

Posted Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:15:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Language evolved quickly.

Posted Thu, 25 Sep 2014 08:17:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Monkeys redden up for breeding.

Posted Wed, 24 Sep 2014 07:54:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Budgies negotiate gaps

Posted Sun, 21 Sep 2014 11:06:39 GMT by Dave Armstrong

It's a peach of a story

Posted Sat, 06 Sep 2014 23:20:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Tool use and manufacture, but by birds

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

Jumping like a fish out of water

Posted Thu, 06 Oct 2011 17:20:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The Coral Triangle in Print

Posted Thu, 27 Oct 2011 13:21:00 GMT by Dave Collier

Coral Diversified

Posted Tue, 18 Oct 2011 10:09:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Remarkable rodent rediscovered after 113 years

Posted Thu, 19 May 2011 13:51:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Most ancient crocodile discovered, Aegisuchus witmeri

Posted Fri, 03 Feb 2012 00:14:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Largest quake of its kind ever recorded

Posted Wed, 26 Sep 2012 17:00:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Turtles turn to gelatinous prey

Posted Sun, 16 Jun 2013 11:57:37 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Underwater volcanoes found under the Southern Ocean

Posted Mon, 11 Jul 2011 22:17:01 GMT by Ruth Hendry

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

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

Deadly tornado rips through Joplin, Missouri

Posted Tue, 24 May 2011 21:11:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry