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  • Finely tuned nervous systems allowed birds and mammals to adopt smoother strides
    on January 27, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    A study suggests that neuromuscular adaptations in mammals and birds may have allowed them to become more nimble than reptiles and amphibians.

  • Dance of the honey bee reveals fondness for strawberries
    on January 24, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    Bees are pollinators of many plants, but their diversity and density is declining. A team investigated their foraging behavior in agricultural landscapes. They found that honey bees prefer strawberry fields, even if flowering next to oilseed rape fields. Only when oilseed rape was in full bloom were fewer honey bees in the strawberries. Wild bees, on the other hand, consistently chose the strawberry field.

  • Marburg virus found in Sierra Leone bats
    on January 24, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    Scientists have detected Marburg virus in fruit bats in Sierra Leone, marking the first time the deadly virus has been found in West Africa. Eleven Egyptian rousette fruit bats tested positive for active Marburg virus infection. The presence of Marburg virus, a close relative to Ebola virus that also causes hemorrhagic disease in people, was detected in advance of any reported cases of human illness in Sierra Leone.

  • Jewel beetles' sparkle helps them hide in plain sight
    on January 23, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    Bright colors are often considered an evolutionary tradeoff in the animal kingdom. Yes, a male peacock's colorful feathers may help it attract a mate, but they also make it more likely to be seen by a predator. Jewel beetles and their iridescent wing cases may be an exception to the rule, researchers report. They found that the insects' bright colors can act as a form of camouflage.

  • How to minimize the impacts of severe weather on wildlife
    on January 23, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    Data collected are providing crucial new insights for scientists seeking to minimize the impacts of severe weather and climate change on wildlife.

  • New experimental vaccine for African swine fever virus shows promise
    on January 23, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    Government and academic investigators have developed a vaccine against African swine fever that appears to be far more effective than previously developed vaccines.

  • Coronavirus outbreak in China traced to snakes
    on January 22, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    Emerging viral infections -- from bird flu to Ebola to Zika infections -- pose major threats to global public health, and understanding their origins can help investigators design defensive strategies against future outbreaks. A new study provides important insights on the potential origins of the most recent outbreak of viral pneumonia in China, which started in the middle of December and now is spreading to Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, and Japan.

  • Domesticated wheat has complex parentage
    on January 22, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    Certain types of domesticated wheat have complicated origins, with genetic contributions from wild and cultivated wheat populations on opposite sides of the Fertile Crescent.

  • Even after death, animals are important in ecosystems
    on January 22, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    Animal carcasses play an important role in biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Scientists have published these findings in PLOS ONE. Carcasses not only provide food for carrion-eating animals. Their nutrients also increase the growth of surrounding plants, which attracts many herbivorous insects and their predators. The researchers recommend relaxing regulations governing the disposal of animal carcasses when applied to conservation areas.

  • The color of your clothing can impact wildlife
    on January 22, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    Your choice of clothing could affect the behavioral habits of wildlife around you, according to a new study.

  • Biologists recommend urgent action to protect California spotted owls
    on January 22, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    In the Pacific Northwest, the range expansion of barred owls has contributed to a conservation crisis for northern spotted owls, which are being displaced from their habitat. How will this interaction play out in the Sierra Nevada, where barred owls are starting to move into the range of the California spotted owl? New research suggests that wildlife managers may still be able to head off similar problems in the Golden State -- if they act now.

  • How fruit flies flock together in orderly clusters
    on January 21, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Opposing desires to congregate and maintain some personal space drive fruit flies to form orderly clusters, according to a new study.

  • A chronicle of giant straight-tusked elephants
    on January 21, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    About 800,000 years ago, the giant straight-tusked elephant Palaeoloxodon migrated out of Africa and became widespread across Europe and Asia.

  • Cave fights for food: Voracious spiders vs. assassin bugs
    on January 21, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    Killing and eating of potential competitors has rarely been documented in the zoological literature, even though this type of interaction can affect population dynamics. Scientists now present notes regarding the predation of an assassin bug by a spider in neotropical caves. Underground, where food resources are scarce, such events might be possible as a result of ecological pressures imposed by the hostile environment, hypothesize the researchers.

  • Parrots collaborate with invisible partners
    on January 21, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    New study shows that peach-fronted conures have a surprisingly advanced talent for collaboration when it comes to finding food. This is important knowledge for biologists working with conservation of wild bird populations.

  • Predators are most likely to be lost when habitats are converted for human use
    on January 21, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    A first of its kind, global study on the impacts of human land-use on different groups of animals has found that predators, especially small invertebrates like spiders and ladybirds, are the most likely to be lost when natural habitats are converted to agricultural land or towns and cities.

  • Zero-deforestation pledges to protect wildlife in oil palm
    on January 21, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    New research has found that environmental efforts aimed at eliminating deforestation from oil palm production have the potential to benefit vulnerable tropical mammals.

  • Strongly 'handed' squirrels less good at learning
    on January 20, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    Squirrels that strongly favor their left or right side are less good at learning, new research suggests.

  • Male sparrows are less intimidated by the songs of aging rivals
    on January 17, 2020 at 11:21 pm

    Few singers reach their sunset years with the same voice they had in younger days. Songbirds are no different. New research reveals that elderly swamp sparrows don't sound quite like they used to -- nor do they strike the same fear in other males who may be listening in. Humans are remarkably good at guessing a person's age by their voice. But this is the first time the phenomenon has been demonstrated in wild animals.

  • Human ancestors started biodiversity decline millions of years ago
    on January 17, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    The human-caused biodiversity decline started much earlier than researchers used to believe. According to a new study the process was not started by our own species but by some of our ancestors.

 

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