Animals & Plants

How in times of trouble animals also stand together

Faced with potential violence from rival factions, dwarf mongoose groupmates pull together and behave more co-operatively, according to recent study Conflict between rival groups is...

Dogs have evolved new muscles around the eyes to better communicate with humans, says...

Dogs have evolved new muscles around the eyes to better communicate with humans. New research comparing the anatomy and behavior of dogs and wolves suggests...

What drives Yellowstone’s massive elk migrations

Yellowstone’s migrating elk use climate cues, like melting snow and greening grasses, to decide when to migrate. Every spring, tens of thousands of elk follow...
Scientists find why deep-sea dragonfish has transparent teeth

Scientists find why deep-sea dragonfish has transparent teeth

A team of researchers led by the University of California San Diego have discovered what's responsible for making the teeth of the deep-sea dragonfish...
Scientists show chimpanzees catch and eat crabs for the first time

Scientists show chimpanzees catch and eat crabs for the first time

Chimpanzees have a mainly vegetarian diet, but do occasionally eat meat. Researchers at the University of Zurich have now shown for the first time...
Wild boars, hunting dogs and hunters carry tick-borne bacteria

Wild boars, hunting dogs and hunters carry tick-borne bacteria

Rickettsia bacteria cause a number of human and animal infections, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Now, researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have for...
These types of dogs may bite children most

These types of dogs may bite children most

In a new study, researchers have found dog breeds and physical traits that pose the highest risk of biting with severe injury. They want parents...

Escaped pet parrots are now naturalized in 23 U.S. states, study finds

Monk parakeets normally forage in grassy areas, but they survive Chicago's harsh winters by switching exclusively to backyard bird feeders from December to February. When...
How the bumble bee got its stripes

How the bumble bee got its stripes

Researchers have discovered a gene that drives color differences within a species of bumble bees. This discovery helps to explain the highly diverse color patterns...
For giant pandas, bamboo is vegetarian 'meat'

For giant pandas, bamboo is vegetarian ‘meat’

Pandas have a strange mix of have herbivore and carnivore traits. Giant pandas are extremely specialized herbivores that feed almost exclusively on highly fibrous bamboo,...

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