How bats know which echo to believe
Research suggests it’s all about the lower frequencies.
A bat’s ability to clearly distinguish one echo from another has long inspired those trying to develop radar and sona...
The evolution of flowering plants
‘Time tree’ shows delayed diversification of families.
Around 140 million years ago, flowering plants first burst into life on Earth, heralding the birth of what have becom...
This is an amphibian with a difference
Researchers find evidence of snake-like venom glands.
Researchers have discovered snake-like venom glands in an amphibian for the first time – along the teeth of the littl...
Warming waters could disrupt fish spawning
Study reveals crucial differences in heat tolerance.
Climate change could force many of the world’s fish species to leave their traditional spawning areas and even affect...
Peckish pollys and townie turkeys
Help keep an eye on birds in the bush and the suburbs.
Each week Cosmos takes a look at the latest projects and news about Citizen Science in Australia. This week Ian Conne...
How old do you think your dog is?
It seems you can’t just multiply by 7.
Accepted wisdom has it that to work out a dog’s age in human years you just multiply it by seven. Apparently, it’s...
Climate trouble in the tropics
It may become too hot for plants to germinate.
Tropical plants close to the equator are most at risk from climate change because it will likely become too hot for m...
Migrating birds adapt to changing seasons
Population declines likely due to human land use.
Birds that fly long distances across continents in spring are more flexible in adapting their migrations to a changin...
Arctic battling climate change and beavers
It's easier to get around, so they are.
Beavers are running amok in the Arctic, taking advantage of climate change and likely exacerbating its impact. Stu...
More proof of animal smarts
Studies show they innovate and learn from others.
For behaviours once presumed to be mere instinct, it’s become increasingly clear that animals, from bears, whales and...
Sled dogs represent a distinct genetic lineage
Modern breeds had common ancestor, study shows.
Modern sled dogs share ancient Siberian roots and represent a distinct genetic lineage that likely emerged as the fin...
The ‘anthropause’ during COVID-19
Wildlife going wild. What can we learn?
Pumas leaping onto walls in Santiago, Chile; wild boar trotting along streets in Haifa, Israel; dolphins unusually fa...