Nature

  • Tropical birds evolved slowly

    Are biodiversity hotspots ‘coldspots’ for new species?

    Scientists have uncovered a surprising paradox in species evolution: birds in tropical hotspots evolved much more slo...

    Birds December 11, 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
  • Evolutionary link that helped pterosaurs fly

    Fossils suggest flightless relative was a middleman.

    It’s taking time – in no small part due to the difficulty in finding good evidence – but we’re slowly learning more a...

    Evolution December 10, 2020
  • Magazine

    Do fish dream?

    Research certainly suggests they’re self aware.

    By James Bradley A century ago the German biologist Jakob von Uexküll coined the term umwelt – literally “surround...

    Marine life December 9, 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
  • Scientists go fishing for fish DNA

    eDNA reveals species abundance as well as variety.

    It seems you can tell how many fish there are in the sea (or at least a part of it) from what they leave behind. I...

    Marine life December 8, 2020
  • The underground life of plants

    Study investigates why roots go where they go.

    The energy a plant devotes to its roots depends on its proximity to other plants, according to a new study. The ro...

    Plants December 5, 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
  • NatureWrap: Dolphins are clever breathers

    Plus helpful rats, jaguar threats and acoustic wings.

    Dolphins actively slow their hearts before diving and can even adjust their heart rate to suit how long they plan to ...

    Animals November 28, 2020
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