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Endemism - how does it work?

Endemism - how does it work?

Posted Wed, 08 Aug 2012 14:39:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

An island is often a haven for speciation but many mainland species have developed to be endemic in isolated areas too. A new study compares rates of species turnover on Caribbean islands and the Neotropical mainland.

Endemism - how does it work?

Dolphin innovation and culture uses their social abilities

Dolphin innovation and culture uses their social abilities

Posted Wed, 01 Aug 2012 15:51:50 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Bottlenose dolphins hunt with sponges by extracting prey organisms on the sea bed and juveniles copy and learn the trait from their mothers. Male dolphins really let the side down.

Dolphin innovation and culture uses their social abilities

New Zealand's avian history provides us with extinction predictors

New Zealand's avian history provides us with extinction predictors

Posted Tue, 31 Jul 2012 23:03:56 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Far from being random, extinction of organisms is often biased. New research done in New Zealand shows that as the type of threat changes, patterns of extinction change dramatically over time.

New Zealand's avian history provides us with extinction predictors

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

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

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

A fantastic primate discovery in China as black snub-nose monkey species spotted. The black snub-nosed monkey is now established in both China and Myanmar but is hanging on to survival by a thread.

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

Change partners for the capuchin social event of the year

Change partners for the capuchin social event of the year

Posted Wed, 25 Jul 2012 18:10:03 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Primates are prime examples of reciprocal behaviour. Studying tufted capuchin cognition, Gloria Sabbatini et al researched the theory that reciprocal partner preference is based on long-term, rather than short-term benefit experiences.

Change partners for the capuchin social event of the year

Humming in the Rain: Precipitation and Anna's Hummingbird Flight

Humming in the Rain: Precipitation and Anna's Hummingbird Flight

Posted Wed, 18 Jul 2012 14:59:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How do hummingbirds cope with flying in the rain? Anna's hummingbirds, under 4 regimes of rain, seem to retain their composure, and more importantly, stability, much better than you would expect.

Humming in the Rain: Precipitation and Anna's Hummingbird Flight

Monitoring lizard dispersal and evolution

Monitoring lizard dispersal and evolution

Posted Tue, 17 Jul 2012 23:01:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

A new study looks at the origin and evolution of varanid lizards. Many lizards originated in Laurasia but the varanids or monitor lizards have a disputed origins.

Monitoring lizard dispersal and evolution

Cheating, Game theory and Transvestite Mourning Cuttlefish

Cheating, Game theory and Transvestite Mourning Cuttlefish

Posted Thu, 05 Jul 2012 16:34:10 GMT by Dave Armstrong

A new cephalopod study shows that mourning cuttlefish may use their skin colour and texture changing ability to cheat. Male cuttlefish signal selectively, using their abilities to hide their true identity from potential rivals. In essence they send out mixed messages but only when they can get away with it.

Cheating, Game theory and Transvestite Mourning Cuttlefish

A sea change in North Sea ecosystems

A sea change in North Sea ecosystems

Posted Wed, 04 Jul 2012 12:06:32 GMT by Dave Armstrong

New study looks at the species who are climate change winners and losers in the North Sea ecosystem. Scientists have observed that lesser black-backed gulls in the North Sea may be taking advantage of an increased population of a species of crab.

A sea change in North Sea ecosystems

Puma contribution to condors and scavengers in Patagonia

Puma contribution to condors and scavengers in Patagonia

Posted Tue, 12 Jun 2012 23:01:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

In Patagonia, pumas (Puma concolor) leave meat from kills and otherwise influence the populations of condors and scavenger species.

Puma contribution to condors and scavengers in Patagonia

Dragonflies - Indicator Species of Environmental Health

Dragonflies - Indicator Species of Environmental Health

Posted Mon, 11 Jun 2012 10:30:17 GMT by Michelle Simon

Dragonflies are one of nature's many precious species, indicating the health of ecosystems, and overall environmental quality.

Dragonflies - Indicator Species of Environmental Health

Brood parasites: The South American cuckoo mimics its parents

Brood parasites: The South American cuckoo mimics its parents

Posted Wed, 30 May 2012 08:22:03 GMT by Dave Armstrong

A new study into brood parasites; the screaming cowbird mimics the baywing while the related shiny cowbird is also parasitic but doesn't mimic the baywing.

Brood parasites: The South American cuckoo mimics its parents

Springwatch: Which trio are as fruity as a nuthatch?

Springwatch: Which trio are as fruity as a nuthatch?

Posted Tue, 29 May 2012 09:13:02 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Springwatch is back on TV and the wildlife webcams are now live. So the nuthatch and the mole, the worm and hopefully maybe the mole cricket will be up for it and leaping into the capable cameras of the BBC Natural History unit.

Springwatch: Which trio are as fruity as a nuthatch?

Check out these ten amazing newfound species while you can

Check out these ten amazing newfound species while you can

Posted Thu, 24 May 2012 21:09:05 GMT by Martin Leggett

Species may be disappearing at a worrying rate, but that doesn't stop science from trying to catch up with the planet's bizarre and wonderful remaining inhabitants. Here are ten of the most amazing new species discoveries for last year, as chosen by the International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University.

Check out these ten amazing newfound species while you can

The lemurs' radiation in Madagascar

The lemurs' radiation in Madagascar

Posted Wed, 23 May 2012 14:39:09 GMT by Dave Armstrong

At least 17 species of lemur have been lost on Madagascar, leaving the remainder to adjust to niches that others occupied, possibly in a competitive way, in hypothetical adaptations known as "competitive release concepts."

The lemurs' radiation in Madagascar

Baboon healing ability linked to social status

Baboon healing ability linked to social status

Posted Tue, 22 May 2012 22:09:16 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The links to social status in wild male baboons have been observed for illness, injury and speed of healing. Low social status has been known to affect immune responses and cause poor condition and the onset of old age, with high status having its own effects.

Baboon healing ability linked to social status

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Eggs of elephant birds still reign supreme

Posted Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:44:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Jackdaws lose their winning ways

Posted Wed, 06 Aug 2014 04:01:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Diet in mammals is complex

Posted Wed, 09 Jul 2014 04:01:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Forest loss accelerates

Posted Mon, 30 Jun 2014 08:58:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How are butterflies and moths related?

Posted Wed, 25 Jun 2014 07:14:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Cats control lizard populations but the reptiles adapt well

Posted Wed, 18 Jun 2014 07:59:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Bear with us

Posted Tue, 10 Jun 2014 06:50:28 GMT by JW Dowey

Gannets prove to be discard specialists

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

Desert memories and route guidance - for ants

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

The whales don't mix between ocean basins

Posted Wed, 21 May 2014 00:01:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Could flirting make males age faster?

Posted Fri, 05 Aug 2011 12:41:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

Travelling orang

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

Sushi for pigs

Posted Tue, 30 Apr 2013 16:59:26 GMT by JW Dowey

Springwatch: Which trio are as fruity as a nuthatch?

Posted Tue, 29 May 2012 09:13:02 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Noisy neighbors - fish distracted by water sports

Posted Tue, 01 Mar 2011 22:41:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The soaring habits of Golden Eagles

Posted Tue, 15 May 2012 23:01:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Learning hunting techniques, if you are a humpback whale

Posted Thu, 25 Apr 2013 18:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Release the 'Kraken', well the Artistic Triassic Cephalopod

Posted Mon, 10 Oct 2011 14:07:00 GMT by Dave Collier

Cuckoos mimic hawks

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

Olive orchards a threat to Mediterranean soil

Posted Mon, 25 Jul 2011 10:18:46 GMT by Mario Balzan