Animals & Plants

Common household noises may be stressing your dog

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have found that people may not recognize that their dog is stressed when exposed to common household...

Giant pandas’ distinctive black and white markings provide effective camouflage, study finds

The high-contrast pattern of giant pandas helps them blend in with their natural environment. Researchers at the University of Bristol, Chinese Academy of Sciences and...

Scientists find a previously unknown mass extinction event

Sixty-three percent. That’s the proportion of mammal species that vanished from Africa and the Arabian Peninsula around 30 million years ago, after Earth’s climate shifted...

New preliminary evidence suggests coronavirus jumped from animals to humans multiple times

The origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which has caused the COVID-19 pandemic, has been hotly debated. This debate has caused substantial difficulties in the Australia-China...

Hummingbirds can smell their way out of danger

In less time than it takes to read this sentence, hummingbirds can catch a whiff of potential trouble. That is the result of new University...

Scientists find COVID-like viruses in bats

In a new study from France's Pasteur Institute and the National University of Laos, researchers found a new clue to the origins of the...

How land birds cross the open ocean without taking a break?

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior and University of Konstanz in Germany have identified how large land birds fly nonstop for...

Large eggs push small hens to the breaking point

The indigenous hen lays around 20 eggs a year, whereas a modern laying hen produces around 320 eggs a year. In other words, being a...

Bird eye size reveals a whole lot about them

The eye size of birds can reveal broad patterns of their biology and behavior, including where they live, what they eat, and how they...

Female hummingbirds avoid harassment by looking as flashy as males, shows study

Much like in human society, female hummingbirds have taken it into their own hands to avoid harassment. By watching white-necked Jacobin hummingbirds in Panama, researchers...