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International Day for Biodiversity - 22nd May 2013

International Day for Biodiversity - 22nd May 2013

Posted Wed, 22 May 2013 11:52:46 GMT by Michael Evans

Biodiversity is the term given to the variety of life on Earth and the natural pattern it forms. The biodiversity we see today is the result of millions of years of evolution, initially shaped by natural processes, but in modern times increasingly as a result of human intervention. We are an integral part of the web of biodiversity and we depend on this web, as does every other life form on the planet.

International Day for Biodiversity - 22nd May 2013

It's NOT a jungle out there - (any more)

It's NOT a jungle out there - (any more)

Posted Wed, 22 May 2013 09:16:16 GMT by Colin Ricketts

The tropical forests of the whole of South East Asia have been disappearing fast for years. The WWF and the EIA are now questioning just how long making a quick buck will take precedence over essential conservation.

It's NOT a jungle out there - (any more)

Kiwi Conservation Genetics

Kiwi Conservation Genetics

Posted Wed, 15 May 2013 13:20:28 GMT by Dave Armstrong

One of he oddest of the exoic birds from that wonderland called New Zealand, this little spotted kiwi has been conserved for over a century.However, because of the lack of diversity within its genes, it may yet face extincton in he future.

Kiwi Conservation Genetics

Skinks and other Squamates - Sorted!

Skinks and other Squamates - Sorted!

Posted Fri, 10 May 2013 10:40:29 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The snakes and lizards have unrecognised importance in world ecosystems. Often predatory, they fit into food webs in some strange ways too.

Skinks and other Squamates - Sorted!

The Nudibranch Exposed - Correction

The Nudibranch Exposed - Correction

Posted Mon, 06 May 2013 09:32:00 GMT by JW Dowey

The naming of some sea-slugs is plagued with aged specimens that seem to have become extinct and poorly understood relationships, even between the common species. Here is a valiant and successful attempt to sort out these beautiful animals.

The Nudibranch Exposed - Correction

Bat predation is affected by odour

Bat predation is affected by odour

Posted Thu, 02 May 2013 11:20:43 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Australian bat experts have placed faeces in artificial roosts to determine how and when the smell attracts predators.

Bat predation is affected by odour

Sushi for pigs

Sushi for pigs

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

The white-lipped peccary is a remarkably good indicator of Amazonian forest health. Here a new item in its diet provokes some surprise, except to quite a big fish!

Sushi for pigs

Learning hunting techniques, if you are a humpback whale

Learning hunting techniques, if you are a humpback whale

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

New research has shown that humpback whales are able to pass on hunting techniques to each other. The research published in Science has shown that humpbacks learn different techniques to hunt from one another.

Learning hunting techniques, if you are a humpback whale

Bills and Island Songsters

Bills and Island Songsters

Posted Wed, 24 Apr 2013 18:40:08 GMT by JW Dowey

Bill size has been investigated in these tunesmiths, with findings proving fruitful for evolutionary theorists. The birds themselves have bigger beak differences on more southerly islands!

Bills and Island Songsters

Panda-monium!

Panda-monium!

Posted Mon, 22 Apr 2013 19:57:07 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Pandas have been affected by many earthquakes in China. Here we get on-the-spot reporting about panda responses at a Szechuan Conservation and Research Centre.

Panda-monium!

How did we first walk?

How did we first walk?

Posted Fri, 19 Apr 2013 14:10:25 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The African coelacanth and tetrapod evolution. New modifications on the genes involved can be found in ancestral 'four-legged creatures' or tetrapods.

How did we first walk?

Evolving Doors

Evolving Doors

Posted Wed, 10 Apr 2013 14:38:39 GMT by JW Dowey

A new study has been published on how environmental change effects the evolutionary process. The question of whether speciation is a quick process or a cold unending and slow bore is nearing an answer.

Evolving Doors

Revelatory ape maturity in Sumatra and Borneo

Revelatory ape maturity in Sumatra and Borneo

Posted Fri, 22 Mar 2013 10:18:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

We don't see any normal lack of secondary sexual characteristics in the great apes - except in the orang-utan. The undeveloped male in these two species, without the large dewlap-like flange, cannot change back to this morph but usually develops into the mature morph over a variable period of time.

Revelatory ape maturity in Sumatra and Borneo

Signals between species help survival

Signals between species help survival

Posted Thu, 28 Feb 2013 10:58:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

A new study on bird species signalling and the species' mobbing response behaviour towards predators has been published by the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.

Signals between species help survival

Rare Hihi shows us style is down to diet!

Rare Hihi shows us style is down to diet!

Posted Wed, 13 Feb 2013 01:02:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

New hihi study show that sexual selection functions as an indicator of early diet history. The study was carried out on the rare and colourful Notymystis cincta, sometimes called the hihi or stitchbird, which is endemic to New Zealand.

Rare Hihi shows us style is down to diet!

Jelly and Sea Tomatoes?

Jelly and Sea Tomatoes?

Posted Sat, 26 Jan 2013 11:57:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

For a century or more, there has been a decadal fluctuation in 'blooms' of jellyfish numbers, but why?

Jelly and Sea Tomatoes?

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Rabbits, rabbits, rabbits - nohare to be seen.

Posted Wed, 27 Jan 2016 21:09:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Stealth predator avoids predation by chemical crypsis.

Posted Tue, 12 Jan 2016 12:36:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Army ants engineer living bridges!

Posted Wed, 09 Dec 2015 12:26:26 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Human migration vital in the Caucasus.

Posted Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:18:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Devil rays surviving in the Mediterranean.

Posted Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:20:05 GMT by Dave Armstrong

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

The Rise of the Continents

Posted Mon, 24 Jun 2013 10:47:38 GMT by JW Dowey

Four centuries of forestry

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

New population of the Endangered Andean cat discovered

Posted Thu, 17 Mar 2011 21:28:00 GMT by Helen Roddis

Nature worth billions to the UK

Posted Fri, 03 Jun 2011 09:25:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Interesting frog father behaviour

Posted Tue, 21 Jan 2014 20:22:33 GMT by Dave Armstrong

One-inch ''bodyguards'' defend the coral world

Posted Sat, 10 Nov 2012 10:09:20 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The Coral Triangle in Print

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

Male bonding works for dolphins too

Posted Wed, 28 Mar 2012 00:01:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Why slow-and-steady jellyfish beat fish in oceanic contest

Posted Thu, 15 Sep 2011 18:00:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

Monkeys' and apes' cultural learning

Posted Wed, 12 Nov 2014 04:00:00 GMT by JW Dowey