New coral age estimate hints at recovery hope
Coral and algae have been combining forces to build reefs.
The symbiotic relationship between corals and micro-algae is much older and more robust than previously thought – a f...
Some chickens really are peculiar
Poultry shows more skull size variation than ancestors.
It’s official. Crested chickens – those breeds which sport mop-tops and always look like they’ve been to a hairdresse...
Mudsnail larvae being driven closer to shore by ocean waves.
Threeline mudsnails (Tritia trivittata) live in the deep waters of the continental shelf off the northeast coast of t...
Photosynthesis fight has researchers seeing green
Debate flares over study results.
Earlier this year, a study published in the prestigious journal Science shook up the biology world by turning an acce...
Worm’s glow-in-the-dark secrets revealed
The Bermuda fireworm puts on a display twice a year.
One of the most entrancing sights in the natural world is that of Bermuda fireworms feeling randy. The worms (Odonto...
Cow, meet brush
What to buy for the cow that has everything.
For cows, a good scratch is as important as a good meal, researchers have found. In a paper published in the journal...
Captured elephants die sooner captive-bred
Records show that being taken from the wild shortens life-span.
Wild elephants captured and put to work in Myanmar’s logging industry don’t live as long as their captive-bred counte...
Fish goes from egg to maturity in just 14 days
Vertebrate body combined with invertebrate survival strategy.
The turquoise killifish (Nothobranchius furzeri) from Africa can reach sexual maturity in just 14 days, making it the...
Koala virus war looks set to rage for millennia
A virus is invading the marsupial genome.
New research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals an ongoing war between bits of ...
Foxy researchers identify gene for tameness
Experiment started more than 50 years ago starts to produce results.
The world’s oldest, and perhaps only, colony of friendly foxes may have revealed the gene driving tameness – a discov...
For naked mole-rats, breeding is longevity
Mammals overturning a key element of evolutionary theory.
Naked mole-rats that breed live longer than non-breeders of the species, defying the prevailing scientific view on re...
Island life gives birds bigger brains
Clever individuals do best in restricted environments.
Birds that live on oceanic islands have larger brains than their relatives on the mainland, new research shows. And t...