Animals

  • Prescribed burning in numbat habitat under fire

    Scientists warn strategic fires are killing native wildlife, including endangered numbats.

    Western Australian scientists petitioned their Premier this week for a full, independent scientific enquiry into the ...

    Animals May 13, 2021
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    Humans can learn echolocation Get ready Batman, soon you might be able to echolocate like a bat! Researchers ha...

    Animals May 10, 2021
  • Animals don’t mind inbreeding

    New review suggests animals aren’t hardwired to avoid mating with relatives.

    Because it’s evolutionarily unfavourable, there is a common assumption that animals will avoid mating with relatives....

    Animals May 4, 2021
  • Horses and donkeys engineer water for desert ecosystems

    Surprise discovery suggests feral animals aren’t all bad.

    Well-digging horses and donkeys could provide a valuable service for plants and animals in arid ecosystems, according...

    Animals April 30, 2021
  • Conversation

    Attack of the alien invaders

    Pest plants and animals leave a frightening $1.7 trillion bill.

    By Corey J. A. Bradshaw, Flinders University; Boris Leroy, Muséum national d’histoire naturelle (MNHN); Camille Berne...

    Animals April 19, 2021
  • Conserve ecosystems, not individual species

    Fossils reveal that ecosystems persist for millions of years while mammals come and go.

    For millions of years, mammal species have waxed and waned. Yet their broader ecological roles have helped ecosystems...

    Animals April 18, 2021
  • Watching cows from space

    Student researchers use satellite imaging to track cattle movements.

    When looking down upon the Earth through the eyes of a satellite, what would you choose to look at? For students at t...

    Animals April 13, 2021
  • Butterflies must gamble on unpredictable futures

    Climate change and food scarcity force butterflies to take risks.

    Even butterflies need to make decisions about adapting to a changing and unpredictable future, research shows. A t...

    Animals April 12, 2021
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    More than 5,000 tonnes of space dust hit Earth every year If you’ve ever seen a shooting star, you’ve encountered ...

    Animals April 12, 2021
  • Gorilla chest beating sounds different based on size

    The chest beating could attract females and ward off rivals.

    The sight of a mountain gorilla rapidly beating its chest is a captivating feature of its communication repertoire, b...

    Animals April 9, 2021
  • How will mammals respond to climate change?

    It’s complex – scientists call for more comprehensive studies.

    As the ramifications of climate change become increasingly more apparent, our understanding of its complex impacts on...

    Animals April 7, 2021
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    New dinosaur named ‘the one who causes fear’ The discovery of a new dinosaur has been published in the Journal of ...

    Animals April 5, 2021
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