Animals

  • Humans are giving many other species cancer

    Homo sapiens classified as “oncogenic species”.

    Because we modify the environment in a way that can cause cancer in wildlife, humans can be defined as an “oncogenic ...

    Animals May 21, 2018
  • A green-blooded lizard

    Strange quirk has evolved several times among Australasian lizards.

    Unlike most animals, the prehensile tailed skink (Prasinohaema prehensicauda) from the highlands of Papua New Guinea ...

    Animals May 21, 2018
  • Reducing big predators encourages little ones

    Culling cats and foxes doesn’t stop birds being eaten.

    The removal of feral cats and foxes in an effort to protect native bird populations may be counterproductive, placing...

    Animals May 14, 2018
  • The world’s only colony-building beetle

    Ambrosia beetles build queen-led communities in trees.

    It sounds like a science fiction story starring beetles: a queen beetle, or “foundress”, establishes a colony in the ...

    Animals May 6, 2018
  • French bulldogs not as robust as they look

    The breed is popular but prone to several health problems.

    Walk along any chic inner-suburban street and it soon becomes clear that French bulldogs are very much the new black ...

    Animals May 3, 2018
  • Damselflies dismiss distress

    Research shows the insect is adapted to coping with change.

    Damselflies in Sweden are evolving rapidly to adapt to changing climatic conditions, and, far from being knocked abou...

    Animals May 1, 2018
  • Ultra-rare bat found after 22 years

    Researchers don’t see one for ages, then three come along.

    A critically endangered bat, found only once and unseen in its main territory for 22 years, has been captured in a fo...

    Animals April 30, 2018
  • A very hungry caterpillar

    Larvae of the Richmond birdwing butterfly are born ravenous.

    The Richmond birdwing butterfly (Ornithoptera richmondi) is a species that is found across north-east Australia, thou...

    Animals April 23, 2018
  • Soon the largest creature on Earth will be a cow

    In today’s world, big animals run the greatest risk of extinction.

    In a couple of hundred years the largest animal walking on land may well be a cow, new modelling predicts. A paper p...

    Animals April 19, 2018
  • Sexually frustrated fruit flies turn to alcohol

    Scientists establish a link between reward and drinking.

    Genetically engineered male fruit flies gain immense pleasure from ejaculating while hanging about in a red-light dis...

    Animals April 19, 2018
  • Ants turn into suicide bombers

    Insects turn to self-sacrifice to protect their colony.

    Scientists have discovered a new species of ant that boasts a remarkable defence mechanism. When threatened, it explo...

    Animals April 19, 2018
  • Fruit fly on a leash

    Tying up a fruit fly can help scientists watch its wingstroke.

    This photograph depicts Drosophila melanogaster, better known as a fruit fly, during flight while tethered with tungs...

    Animals April 19, 2018
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