Animals & Plants

Basking sharks seek out winter sun

Basking sharks seek out winter sun

The winter habits of Britain's basking sharks have been revealed for the first time. Scientists from the University of Exeter have discovered some spend their...
Juvenile African Penguins

Endangered African penguins are falling into an ‘ecological trap’

As the climate changes and fisheries transform the oceans, the world's African penguins are in trouble, according to researchers reporting in Current Biology on February 9. Young...
Giant flying reptile ruled ancient Transylvania

Giant flying reptile ruled ancient Transylvania

New research suggests that a giant pterosaur -- a toothless flying reptile with a 10 metre wingspan -- may have been the dominant predator...
Tough early life makes wild animals live longer

Tough early life makes wild animals live longer

Growing up in tough conditions can make wild animals live longer, new research suggests. Scientists from the University of Exeter found that male banded mongooses...
A kiss of death -- mammals were the first animals to produce venom

A kiss of death — mammals were the first animals to produce venom

Africa is a tough place. It always has been. Especially if you have to fend off gigantic predators like sabre-toothed carnivores in order to...
Mismatched eyes help squid survive ocean's twilight zone

Mismatched eyes help squid survive ocean’s twilight zone

From eyes the size of basketballs to appendages that blink and glow, deep-sea dwellers have developed some strange features to help them survive their...
Climate change responsible for the great diversity in horses

Climate change responsible for the great diversity in horses

Changing environments and ecosystems were driving the evolution of horses over the past 20 million years. This is the main conclusion of a new study...
Snow leopard and Himalayan wolf diets are about one-quarter livestock

Snow leopard and Himalayan wolf diets are about one-quarter livestock

Around a quarter of Himalayan snow leopard and wolf diets are livestock, the rest being wild prey, according to a study published February 8,...
Why cats decided to live with people

Why cats decided to live with people

5,300 years ago in China, grain attracted rodents, which attracted cats to live alongside the farmers, recent research with bones suggests. The study offers...
Newly discovered 500 million year old species offers insights into the ancestral arthropod

Newly discovered 500 million year old species offers insights into the ancestral arthropod

Whether you love them, or can’t stand the sight of them, it cannot be denied that arthropods are the most successful group of animals...