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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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,...
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...
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...