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Pilot whales and New Zealand strandings.

Pilot whales and New Zealand strandings.

Posted Sun, 15 Feb 2015 12:36:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Why do deep-water whales strand themselves? The answer could be just that-they don’t adapt well to shallow beaches! Alternatively, read on.

Pilot whales and New Zealand strandings.

Bonobo, chimpanzee or gambler?

Bonobo, chimpanzee or gambler?

Posted Wed, 11 Feb 2015 09:43:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How emotional are we when taking a risk, and do men and women vary in their risk-taking? We don’t know yet, but the nearest relatives are much more easily assessed.

Bonobo, chimpanzee or gambler?

Seahorses live further north than we thought

Seahorses live further north than we thought

Posted Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:48:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

When an animal population is hard to sample because they are low in numbers or hard to catch, genetics can now come to the rescue. If we don’t discover a species secrets, we will never be able to conserve them. The seahorse, like any fish, is able to survive cold by relying on the more constant temperature of the ocean.

Seahorses live further north than we thought

Naked, unafraid mole rats and longevity

Naked, unafraid mole rats and longevity

Posted Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:35:00 GMT by JW Dowey

The length of time that we live is linked to sociality and, now, to a tendency to live underground. The interest in this new research is more in the unique habits of some of our relatives than in the never-ending search for substances that will help us to live better and longer.

Naked, unafraid mole rats and longevity

Waterbirds respond to global warming.

Waterbirds respond to global warming.

Posted Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:01:19 GMT by Paul Robinson

While many of our articles concentrate on raptors or rare species, the birds we look at tend to duck the more obvious species of waterfowl. In the case of the beautiful smew, a lot of work has gone into investigating every country it migrates through on its long journey across Eurasia. Gathered together by Diego Pavon-Jordan from the Finnish Museum of Natural History and NOWAC, this ornithological group have established valid links between global warming and a switch in an animal’s habits of migration.

Waterbirds respond to global warming.

Life on Europe

Life on Europe

Posted Sun, 25 Jan 2015 12:29:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Deeply involved in the past, this insight into how the archipelago of Europe survived the terrible disaster of the K-Pg boundary is essential reading- if you are a North American dinosaur, that is!

Life on Europe

Fanged frogs and live-bearing feats.

Fanged frogs and live-bearing feats.

Posted Sun, 18 Jan 2015 15:50:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

There are so many new species out there waiting to be found and it is essential we find them before so many become extinct. Here is a wonderful island that will suffer the fate of the rest of its nation, if we can’t stop the habitat destruction with which Asia has replaced its uniquely biodiverse forests.

Fanged frogs and live-bearing feats.

Whale evolution resolved, but only slightly.

Whale evolution resolved, but only slightly.

Posted Wed, 14 Jan 2015 10:36:04 GMT by JW Dowey

We’re having a whale of a time, enjoying a paper that tries to work out how the pygmy right whale became neotenic. The history of whale fossils is one of big gaps and they cause the problems in resolving ancient relationships still.

Whale evolution resolved, but only slightly.

Gibbon-speak is real language.

Gibbon-speak is real language.

Posted Sun, 11 Jan 2015 19:39:12 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How will we tell our children about the dangers of life? The gibbons have evolved a language of sounds and songs that possibly resemble those we first used to warn our offspring of the leopard or elephant danger.

Gibbon-speak is real language.

Shark self-conservation

Shark self-conservation

Posted Thu, 08 Jan 2015 20:45:19 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The conservation of are animals has many and varied techniques, some of which could be exclusive to one species. The maintenance of living sperm within the female body after mating is a device that is useful to ensure diversity. In this case, it could prove useful when the last living male shark is killed and a mated female still exists.

Shark self-conservation

Support your local orcas.

Support your local orcas.

Posted Sat, 03 Jan 2015 13:06:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Whale-watching is varied. You can watch the biggies or find your way north to where most killer whales patrol. Dolphins are probably the easiest to see, if you are lucky to live in the right area, but the orca really ticks boxes for conservation, huge intelligence and quite a glam. appearance (but not in the Aquarium, please!)

Support your local orcas.

Mongoose inbreeding maintains social system?

Mongoose inbreeding maintains social system?

Posted Sun, 28 Dec 2014 12:42:23 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Incest becomes a topic we can talk about as genetics is responsible for informing us about the lives of almost every species, living or extinct!

Mongoose inbreeding maintains social system?

Humans are lightweights

Humans are lightweights

Posted Tue, 23 Dec 2014 08:31:00 GMT by JW Dowey

How does our skeleton fit us? Is it designed for the activity and sports that we love so much, because of a past of long-distance running and hunting and gathering. Is it more suited to the couch potato, who rarely needs his or her joints to mobilise their frame? The answer lies in agriculture apparently, needing hard work, but from a more gracile form than that of our relatives such as the Neanderthals. The great apes here have heavy frames apart from the 2 extremes, the leaping gibbon and the agricultural human!

Humans are lightweights

Mammals as they used to be.

Mammals as they used to be.

Posted Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:40:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

The mammals are great at adaptation to different niches, but we can’t easily study many lost species that must have contributed to the ecology of living species, as well as being their ancestors!

Mammals as they used to be.

Femme fatale mantis is a cheating cannibal

Femme fatale mantis is a cheating cannibal

Posted Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:45:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The mantids earn their popularity from the fearsome triangle of a head while the elegant bodies and displays they give us only add to the mystique. Now the background to that grisly mating habit can be revealed !

Femme fatale mantis is a cheating cannibal

Birdsong proves geographical races have different responses.

Birdsong proves geographical races have different responses.

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

In racial discrimination, we have problems, but in birds it is all about the mating prospects of similar individuals. In this case, the stonechat has already successfully colonised many parts of the Old World over millions of years. Here is an insight into evolution of the song and the bird as it continues the selection and the speciations that have made it successful for so long. The nightingale is mentioned as a plastic song

Birdsong proves geographical races have different responses.

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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

Intriguing leadership roles in orcas linked to evolution, even in humans

Posted Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Social interaction in vervets/its relevance to humans.

Posted Wed, 23 Nov 2016 10:35:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Tremendous cognition in tool-making, etc., in a cockatoo.

Posted Wed, 16 Nov 2016 14:30:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Whale cultures rule in Galápagos.

Posted Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:30:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Sperm speed gene improves reproduction

Posted Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:43:26 GMT by Paul Robinson

Common dolphins adapt to bay life.

Posted Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:50:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Our evolution from jelly!

Posted Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Family social stress affects children - even birds

Posted Mon, 10 Jan 2011 12:11:23 GMT by Michael Evans

A wakeup call for the Pacific Northwest

Posted Wed, 16 Mar 2011 19:00:02 GMT by Michael Evans

Wild species numbers in the Masai Mara drop by two thirds

Posted Wed, 01 Jun 2011 09:02:00 GMT by Laura Brown

New research suggests dinosaurs were warm blooded and active

Posted Tue, 12 Jul 2011 11:09:01 GMT by Julian Jackson

Cockroach copycat sex chemical could save rare woodpeckers

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

Deadly tornado rips through Joplin, Missouri

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

Gannets prove to be discard specialists

Posted Wed, 04 Jun 2014 11:32:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Japanese tsunami broke chunks off Antarctica's ice sheet

Posted Thu, 11 Aug 2011 19:29:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

Whales don't eat gulls, so why?

Posted Tue, 02 Jul 2013 15:48:01 GMT by JW Dowey