Animals

  • 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...

    Animals July 8, 2020
  • 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...

    Animals July 4, 2020
  • 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...

    Animals July 3, 2020
  • 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...

    Animals July 1, 2020
  • 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...

    Animals June 26, 2020
  • 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...

    Animals June 26, 2020
  • Focus

    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...

    Animals June 25, 2020
  • Aerobic antelopes and synchronised fish

    More insights into how things are wired.

    These stories have nothing in common other than that they are fascinating examples of the way animals have evolved to...

    Animals June 19, 2020
  • Sea otters saved again

    Ecosystem restoration offers lucrative financial gains.

    The recovery of sea otter (Enyhdra lutris) populations near Canada’s Vancouver Island is a conservation success story...

    Animals June 15, 2020
  • How animals hibernate

    Rodent studies reveal the neurons involved.

    Two studies published in the journal Nature have independently zoned in on the brain circuitry that triggers a hibern...

    Animals June 12, 2020
  • Step aside bees, the ants are pollinating

    Clever Australian plants have adapted to survive.

    When you think pollination you typically don’t think ants, and with good reason. Ant pollinators are thought to be ex...

    Animals June 11, 2020
  • Who are the real pests?

    Studies turn spotlight on human action and expansion.

    Since Charles Darwin sailed around South America less than 200 years ago – a blip in the Earth’s history – the human ...

    Nature June 10, 2020
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