Animals

  • Animal magnetism is real

    Snakes repel venom via a magnet-like mechanism.

    Franz Mesmer might have been on to something when he described animal magnetism as an invisible force possessed by al...

    Animals January 15, 2021
  • Smart new snakey moves

    Lasso-like reptilian locomotion is a killer for tropical island wildlife.

    Brown tree snakes (Boiga irregularis) appear to have evolved a whole new way of moving that could help explain how th...

    Animals January 13, 2021
  • Conversation

    Zooming in on the world of invertebrates

    An environmental scientist shares photos from the field.

    By Nick Porch from Deakin University Which animals are quintessentially Australian? Koalas and kangaroos, emus, ti...

    Animals January 9, 2021
  • Cats versus quolls

    Why feral felines are a greater threat to native wildlife.

    Sorry, cat lovers. More research has turned the spotlight on how our furry feline companions wreak havoc on wildlife....

    Animals January 6, 2021
  • So tell us, what is up Skip?

    Kangaroos try to communicate, research suggests.

    Fans of the iconic television show Skippy (and that oft-repeated question, “what’s up Skip?”) will be pleased to know...

    Animals December 17, 2020
  • NatureWrap: New to the tree of life

    Plus two clever birds and tips on hibernating.

    Pictured above is Hippocampus nalu, Africa's first and only-known pygmy seahorse and one of 213 newly described plant...

    Animals December 12, 2020
  • Tasmanian devils may survive cancer threat

    New research suggests it is becoming endemic.

    There’s more possible good news for Australia’s troubled Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) – and the implication...

    Animals December 11, 2020
  • Two interesting new uses for poop

    Honeybees and pandas can be clever with compounds.

    Scientists have discovered two, er, interesting things animals do with poop – in both cases, not their own. Honeyb...

    Animals December 10, 2020
  • Delving into domestic donkeys' past

    Genome study reveals some clever breeding.

    Donkeys have been helping humans for millennia, but our knowledge of their origins has previously been limited to arc...

    Animals December 9, 2020
  • NatureWrap: These guys mess with killer whales

    Plus insect wings, sorghum tales and very old fish.

    Long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melas) off southern Australia mimic the calls of killer whales – their natural...

    Animals December 5, 2020
  • How on Earth did you get like that?

    Study explores the blending of complex animal patterns.

    A little mathematics has shown how animals get their extraordinary patterns. Previous studies have revealed how an...

    Animals December 4, 2020
  • Honeybees have unique personalities, like us

    Being an individual is good for the whole.

    Individuals shape a community and its collective patterns of behaviour – and not just in humans, it turns out. Sci...

    Animals December 1, 2020
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