Animals

  • Bilbies have “evolved” to fear dingo poo

    Faeces prompts a reflex response, even when they haven’t met.

    For the past several millennia, bilbies – a type of Australian marsupial – have shared their environments with dingoe...

    Animals March 4, 2018
  • New tardigrade found in Japanese car park

    Collection of the extremophile animals grows by one.

    Poking about under a small rock picked up in a Japanese car park – not the most glamorous of activities – has paid a ...

    Animals February 28, 2018
  • Chimps and bonobos share sign languages

    Two species have the same gestures.

    Many of the gestures used by bonobos and chimpanzees share the same meanings, new research shows. Bonobos (Pan panis...

    Animals February 27, 2018
  • Big noses are a turn-on

    Big nose, big…?

    Proboscis monkeys are so named because of the enormous noses sported by the males of the species. New research, howev...

    Animals February 25, 2018
  • Unravelling the origins of domestic horses

    It should be easy, but study after study find twists in the tale.

    There’s still a lot we don’t know about how, and where, horses were first domesticated. Experts long thought that all...

    Animals February 25, 2018
  • Hosting viruses is a cost of flying

    Research uncovers how bats host diseases without being affected.

    If a human contracts a virus such as Ebola, he or she would be dead within days. Yet members of the bat family are na...

    Animals February 22, 2018
  • Revealing the baby thylacine

    Scans show what the joeys of extinct carnivore looked like.

    In the century preceding the death of Australia’s last known Tasmanian tiger, in Hobart in 1936, more than 750 specim...

    Animals February 21, 2018
  • Vampire bats need bacteria to digest blood

    Research uncovers remarkable adaptations.

    A new study of common vampire bats demonstrates some unique adaptations for its blood-sucking lifestyle, as well as t...

    Animals February 19, 2018
  • How high the moo

    DNA research finds the genes that influence cattle size.

    DNA extracted from a 6500-year-old ox bone has helped an international team of scientists identify the genes that det...

    Animals February 19, 2018
  • Faced with extinction, the devils fight back

    Research finds clues Tasmanian devils are adapting to cancer.

    In a very welcome piece of good news about Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii), new University of Tasmania resear...

    Animals February 18, 2018
  • Lemurs recognise their kin in photos

    Wild lemurs can tell their own species from another.

    Red-fronted lemurs can recognise their own species in photographs. Many species of lemur have distinctively patterne...

    Animals February 13, 2018
  • This is why you won’t be able to swat that fly

    Flies are much maligned and goddamned hard to hit.

    Summer in Australia is defined by sport, but the most-played sport isn’t cricket or tennis – it’s fly swatting. Have ...

    Animals February 7, 2018
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