• 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
  • Naming that plant just got easier

    Researchers streamline the list of known vascular species.

    A major difficulty in plant research is the sheer abundance of names.  Most databases contain multiple or archaic ...

    Plants November 27, 2020
  • The evolution of an aggressive tumour

    Genomic study may help save the Tasmanian Devil.

    Australia’s iconic Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) is particularly prone to a cancer that spreads through biti...

    Animals November 26, 2020
  • Ants with armour

    Biominerals provide a unique level of protection.

    Scientists have discovered another clue to the evolutionary success of leaf-cutter ants: they have biomineral armour,...

    Animals November 25, 2020
  • Rethinking the origins of complex life

    Studies shift timeline by 100 million years.

    Scientists from Australia, Germany, France and the US have shifted the timeline of the origin of complex life, overtu...

    Evolution November 24, 2020
  • NatureWrap: Blue whales return to South Georgia

    Plus plants that hide, toxic fur and tough love.

    Critically endangered Antarctic blue whales are returning to the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia five decades a...

    Animals November 21, 2020
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