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Patter of peripatus feet

Patter of peripatus feet

Posted Wed, 27 Nov 2013 11:30:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Not well known or noticed, some of the oldest landlubbers on the planet are fascinating as well as useful. They show us when and how the continents spread out in this paper. Have a look at the Onychophora, the velvet 'worms' or Peripatidae!

Patter of peripatus feet

Murder by the cannibal neighbours

Murder by the cannibal neighbours

Posted Sun, 24 Nov 2013 20:30:02 GMT by JW Dowey

When humans meet, the interbreeding and cross-cultural exchanges show up in history as major advances. When Neanderthals met, it was often only as small family groups, as large tribes are not recorded. If they met for dinner though, the outcome may not have been as you would have thought.

Murder by the cannibal neighbours

Wolf and tiger fables resolved

Wolf and tiger fables resolved

Posted Fri, 15 Nov 2013 07:50:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The telling of stories was the source of history, legends, and even science in some cases. This study of things fairy-like and fantastic is not about the child; it relates how modern technique can uncover ancient culture and how it really worked.

Wolf and tiger fables resolved

Aping human ecologies

Aping human ecologies

Posted Wed, 06 Nov 2013 07:38:11 GMT by JW Dowey

We have this need to understand how our ancestors developed into something beyond the chimpanzee. The problem of lack of skeleton evidence is avoided here with some new techniques of isotope recognition within tooth enamel.

Aping human ecologies

The oceans are heating up fast

The oceans are heating up fast

Posted Sun, 03 Nov 2013 15:55:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Out there in the Pacific and the other oceans, the mid-depth temperatures are still increasing rapidly. Science techniques have discovered the temperature regime changes over 10, 000 years and it is certainly warming up out there!

The oceans are heating up fast

Humans were rare, once

Humans were rare, once

Posted Sun, 20 Oct 2013 10:34:00 GMT by JW Dowey

We worry about how human species colonised the rest of the world after leaving Africa. There is so little evidence, we have to rely on the latest technology to try and unravel the fascinating stories of travel and survival these early peoples must have had. Here, 50,000 years ago, is conjecture about what would have been an almost impossible voyage.

Humans were rare, once

Your ancestor was a little therian

Your ancestor was a little therian

Posted Thu, 03 Oct 2013 12:58:48 GMT by Colin Ricketts

We can visualise distant ancestral forms of many organisms by imagining similar species alive today, or complete fossils. Here the scarcity of evidence on early mammalian teeth makes it difficult, but not impossible, to show how incredible events shaped our past into the flower, insect and mammal-dominated Paleocene.

Your ancestor was a little therian

The Earth gets oxygen early

The Earth gets oxygen early

Posted Thu, 26 Sep 2013 11:09:21 GMT by JW Dowey

Before life on earth began, what did David Attenborough do with himself?

The Earth gets oxygen early

Oh Sole Mio! (solar ship is home, almost)

Oh Sole Mio! (solar ship is home, almost)

Posted Thu, 12 Sep 2013 05:58:02 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The ultimate in powered ships, clean and efficient, cutting through the waves with only the sun to power it. We could donate one of these to the Marshall islands, where sun but not much else is in abundance.

Oh Sole Mio! (solar ship is home, almost)

Bats and dolphins have a similar genetic heritage

Bats and dolphins have a similar genetic heritage

Posted Thu, 05 Sep 2013 08:21:19 GMT by Colin Ricketts

The thought of bat and whale being related because they have similar hearing is incorrect. If we study a range of species, though, the evolutionary convergences of many kinds of sensory structures is very involving. What's next? Our chimpanzee friends will be developing their typing skills before we know it!

Bats and dolphins have a similar genetic heritage

To fish or not to fish

To fish or not to fish

Posted Wed, 04 Sep 2013 13:21:58 GMT by Colin Ricketts

The fish that benefit from trawling disturbance eat invertebrates such as annelids. Other invertebrates, especially the heavy species, are decimated by trawling and need much more protection by modifying the trawling gear or simply preventing such damage to the environment.

To fish or not to fish

Is there Martian life on Earth?

Is there Martian life on Earth?

Posted Fri, 30 Aug 2013 10:22:27 GMT by Paul Robinson

The geochemists get a poor press, so they must have decided to soup up their theories and grab some oxygen for their reputation. The claim is that being impossible on earth, ribose sugars can only have been synthesised on Mars, 4 billion years ago. And then...

Is there Martian life on Earth?

Honeyguide selection by interference competition

Honeyguide selection by interference competition

Posted Wed, 21 Aug 2013 09:30:50 GMT by Dave Armstrong

When cuckoos and their fellow brood-parasites choose their laying site, there is now some evidence that they compete with each other. They have to deal with the host species, but their own species can be their worst enemy.

Honeyguide selection by interference competition

California spirit dreams of ancient language

California spirit dreams of ancient language

Posted Tue, 20 Aug 2013 09:06:39 GMT by Colin Ricketts

The history of Americans is found fascinating, even though we have precious little knowledge of it. The momentum builds with this intriguing study of North American language groups and their relationship with rich and poor ecologies.

California spirit dreams of ancient language

Niches and speciation in orca

Niches and speciation in orca

Posted Wed, 14 Aug 2013 09:26:48 GMT by Colin Ricketts

It might seem disappointing to fond that your Atlantic orcas don’t have the speciation evident in some Pacific pods. However, the great find here is that populations almost certainly have to be physically separated, as well as having different niches, in order for a new species to be evolved.

Niches and speciation in orca

The dolphin remembers

The dolphin remembers

Posted Wed, 07 Aug 2013 10:05:48 GMT by Colin Ricketts

We think we're special, but more and more creatures are appearing as altruistic, language-capable and downright human. Dolphins of course will be one of the first in many people's minds to demonstrate high-level mental capacity, or in this case, great cognition and lengthy memories.

The dolphin remembers

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A giant leap for frog-kind.

Posted Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:34:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Domestic horses derived from wild restocking.

Posted Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:30:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Flocking genomes! (bird ancestry resolved!)

Posted Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:45:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Dynamics of Invasive Fish Species Revealed

Posted Wed, 03 Dec 2014 08:53:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The world as it was, 2.6 million years ago, and will be again!

Posted Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:44:00 GMT by JW Dowey

And the porpoise killer is --- !

Posted Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:30:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Turtle! Turn and migrate to the SE Pacific!

Posted Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:21:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The ultimate rainforest tree thrived in Sundaland.

Posted Sat, 15 Nov 2014 18:54:46 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Cats, as we know them.

Posted Wed, 12 Nov 2014 10:05:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Forest loss in NZ reveals fire prevention ploys.

Posted Sat, 08 Nov 2014 14:46:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Springtails and harvestmen, a new predator/prey story

Posted Thu, 02 Oct 2014 08:47:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Elephant pregnancy is unique

Posted Tue, 19 Jun 2012 23:01:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Ice Warms in Antarctica

Posted Fri, 28 Oct 2011 15:44:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Microblog post saves truckload of dogs in China

Posted Wed, 20 Apr 2011 07:03:01 GMT by Gracie Valena

How to investigate your inner fish!

Posted Mon, 03 Jun 2013 13:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Solar Powered Plane Prepares for First International Flight

Posted Sun, 01 May 2011 13:54:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

Zero Emission Taxis to be Tested for Olympics 2012

Posted Fri, 15 Apr 2011 17:49:00 GMT by Julian Jackson

Earthquakes are always big news - or are they?

Posted Sat, 26 May 2012 11:02:39 GMT by Michael Evans

The Frankenstein Medusoid Jellyfish

Posted Tue, 24 Jul 2012 12:47:33 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Survey of deep-diving beaked whales helps assess sonar risk

Posted Wed, 27 Apr 2011 21:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett