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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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Philippine eagle helped by Whitley Award

Posted Fri, 01 May 2015 08:42:42 GMT by JW Dowey

Gibbon families grow larger with bi-female groups.

Posted Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:06:05 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The owl and the butterfly - and mimicry

Posted Wed, 08 Apr 2015 08:50:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

April Fools, with the naughty bits explained!

Posted Thu, 02 Apr 2015 09:48:52 GMT by JW Dowey

The Ancient Romance of Samarqand.

Posted Sat, 28 Mar 2015 04:30:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Will we release these reincarnated mammoths?

Posted Sun, 22 Mar 2015 17:54:49 GMT by Paul Robinson

Navigating the Atlantic as a giant turtle.

Posted Wed, 11 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT by JW Dowey

How mantis control their leaps.

Posted Thu, 05 Mar 2015 20:05:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Great Lakes Puzzles (or Lessons) for Ecologists.

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

Our evolution from jelly!

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

Male giraffe pelage colour changes linked to ageing

Posted Thu, 12 Apr 2012 14:39:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

A low oxygen switch may save crops from flooding

Posted Tue, 25 Oct 2011 12:27:01 GMT by Dave Collier

Budgies negotiate gaps

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

New Caledonian crows and their tools

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

Why We Should Mix-and-Match Forests

Posted Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:51:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

There's a buzz in their air in London as urban beekeeping really takes off

Posted Thu, 14 Apr 2011 12:44:00 GMT by David Hewitt

Whale sharks regulate their body temperature

Posted Wed, 17 Oct 2012 13:29:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Disrupted routine causes feline hypochondria

Posted Wed, 19 Jan 2011 07:04:01 GMT by Michael Evans

Liu Pu discovers the 'new' snub nosed monkey in China

Posted Mon, 30 Jul 2012 12:40:32 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Wildlife, Genes and Speciation Part II

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