Animals

  • Cats versus quolls

    Why feral felines are a greater threat to native wildlife.

    Sorry, cat lovers. More research has turned the spotlight on how our furry feline companions wreak havoc on wildlife....

    Animals January 6, 2021
  • So tell us, what is up Skip?

    Kangaroos try to communicate, research suggests.

    Fans of the iconic television show Skippy (and that oft-repeated question, “what’s up Skip?”) will be pleased to know...

    Animals December 17, 2020
  • NatureWrap: New to the tree of life

    Plus two clever birds and tips on hibernating.

    Pictured above is Hippocampus nalu, Africa's first and only-known pygmy seahorse and one of 213 newly described plant...

    Animals December 12, 2020
  • Tasmanian devils may survive cancer threat

    New research suggests it is becoming endemic.

    There’s more possible good news for Australia’s troubled Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) – and the implication...

    Animals December 11, 2020
  • Two interesting new uses for poop

    Honeybees and pandas can be clever with compounds.

    Scientists have discovered two, er, interesting things animals do with poop – in both cases, not their own. Honeyb...

    Animals December 10, 2020
  • Delving into domestic donkeys' past

    Genome study reveals some clever breeding.

    Donkeys have been helping humans for millennia, but our knowledge of their origins has previously been limited to arc...

    Animals December 9, 2020
  • NatureWrap: These guys mess with killer whales

    Plus insect wings, sorghum tales and very old fish.

    Long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melas) off southern Australia mimic the calls of killer whales – their natural...

    Animals December 5, 2020
  • How on Earth did you get like that?

    Study explores the blending of complex animal patterns.

    A little mathematics has shown how animals get their extraordinary patterns. Previous studies have revealed how an...

    Animals December 4, 2020
  • Honeybees have unique personalities, like us

    Being an individual is good for the whole.

    Individuals shape a community and its collective patterns of behaviour – and not just in humans, it turns out. Sci...

    Animals December 1, 2020
  • NatureWrap: Dolphins are clever breathers

    Plus helpful rats, jaguar threats and acoustic wings.

    Dolphins actively slow their hearts before diving and can even adjust their heart rate to suit how long they plan to ...

    Animals November 28, 2020
  • The evolution of an aggressive tumour

    Genomic study may help save the Tasmanian Devil.

    Australia’s iconic Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) is particularly prone to a cancer that spreads through biti...

    Animals November 26, 2020
  • Ants with armour

    Biominerals provide a unique level of protection.

    Scientists have discovered another clue to the evolutionary success of leaf-cutter ants: they have biomineral armour,...

    Animals November 25, 2020
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