All-female salamander species steals sperm
Unisex amphibians beat the evolutionary odds.
Sex is expensive: it eats time, energy and resources. But the genetic diversity it produces is key to long-term evolu...
Bat DNA hosts stolen Ebola genes
Bats adopt parts of the DNA of the deadly virus.
Filoviruses like Marburg and Ebola produce terrifying and often fatal haemorrhagic fevers. New research, however, sho...
Gallery: Arthropods see things differently
Beauty and functionality are in the eyes of the beholders.
The Common Horse Fly (Haematopota pluvialis) Horse flies mainly eat nectar from flowers, but females require a hearty...
Which species do we put in the ark?
Family trees guide hard conservation choices.
Species are going extinct at an alarming rate, leaving conservationists with tough choices. Which species should they...
Dogs feel empathy for human suffering
Dogs find it stressful when their owners are in distress.
Dogs who hurry to comfort their owners may be doing so out of empathy, according to a study published in the journal ...
Fruit flies warn other species of wasp danger
Fruit flies can learn the dialects of other species.
Fruit flies can learn the dialects of other fly species after a period of living together, new research published in ...
Call to let rhinos run free in Australia
Introducing herds of rhinos may be key to their survival.
Rhinos in Australia might seem like an insane proposition – after all, we’ve had historically bad luck with introduce...
Declining dung imperils custard apples
As large animals disappear, plants that rely on them hit trouble.
For a tropical custard apple tree species, bigger is definitely better, as new research reveals that smaller herbivor...
Seaweed busts Antarctica isolation theory
Long distances and seas are no barrier to exotic species.
Clumps of kelp found in Antarctica floated more than 20,000 kilometres to reach their destination, researchers have r...
Meet Australia’s newest snake
Now there’s another species that could kill you.
A newly discovered species of snake adds to Australia’s already impressive collection of native venomous creatures. ...
Rethinking the origins of Homo sapiens
A profound shift underway in the science of human origins.
You might say it’s the ultimate prize of science, to discover when, where and why humans evolved. For a long time, t...
Wild, free and funny
Animals are beautiful … and sometimes gloriously daft.
Drawing attention to the importance of conservation doesn’t always have to be a serious business. Sometimes a laugh i...