Animals & Plants

Why baboon males resort to domestic violence?

Why baboon males resort to domestic violence?

"Desperate times lead to desperate measures," so the saying goes, and a new study finds male baboons are no exception. Some baboon males vying for...
A loggerhead turtle carcass on the main stranding beach at Playa San Lazaro

Study shows signs of hope for endangered sea turtles

Bones from dead turtles washed up on Mexican beaches indicate that Baja California is critical to the survival of endangered North Pacific loggerhead sea...
Caribbean bat species need 8 million years to recover from recent extinction waves

Caribbean bat species need 8 million years to recover from recent extinction waves

How long does it take a community of mammals to recover after a wave of species loss? Bats in the Caribbean Islands may hold new...
“Eve” and descendants shape global sperm whale population structure

“Eve” and descendants shape global sperm whale population structure

Although sperm whales have not been driven to the brink of extinction as have some other whales, a new study has found a remarkable...
How the darkness and the cold killed the dinosaurs

How the darkness and the cold killed the dinosaurs

66 million years ago, the sudden extinction of the dinosaurs started the ascent of the mammals, ultimately resulting in humankind's reign on Earth. Climate scientists...
Reef fish that conquer fear of sharks may help control excess algae

Reef fish that conquer fear of sharks may help control excess algae

Coral reef fish willing to risk life and fin for a good meal If there was a top-rated restaurant in a dangerous part of the...
Macaques, like humans, know how well they can recall memories

Macaques, like humans, know how well they can recall memories

Researchers have pinpointed a brain region monkeys use to evaluate their ability to recall memories. To date, this metamemory process, which requires a higher level...
Monkeys play the odds

Monkeys play the odds

A study on statistical reasoning among capuchin monkeys finds the first evidence that a monkey species is capable of making decisions on the basis...
Why are Australia's shrublands like 'knee-high tropical rainforests'?

Why are Australia’s shrublands like ‘knee-high tropical rainforests’?

Some of the Earth's ecosystems host a disproportionately high number of plant species, and infertile shrublands in warm semi-arid regions support 20 per cent...
Why do killer whales go through menopause

Why do killer whales go through menopause? Mother-daughter conflict is key

Killer whales are one of only three species that are known to go through menopause, surviving long after they've stopped reproducing. Those older females play...