• 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
  • Eye of the krill

    The tiny Antarctic krill has a complex compound eye.

    The Antarctic waters of the Southern Ocean contain about 300 or 400 trillion Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba). By ...

    Marine life February 18, 2018
  • Ancient lizards legged it

    South Korean discovery suggests lizards ran on two legs.

    Among the many things that we think make human beings special is our upright stance and two-legged gait, known as “bi...

    Evolution February 15, 2018
  • A pope didn’t domesticate bunnies

    Split between wild and tame occurred years earlier.

    In the Christian religion, the period known as Lent lasts for 40 days, winding up just before Easter, and involves ma...

    Evolution February 14, 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
  • Cockroaches diversified earlier than thought

    Changes were underway before supercontinent split.

    Around the globe there are nine recognised families of cockroaches – and new research has found that they last shared...

    Evolution February 12, 2018
  • Juvenile genes reveal shark numbers

    Sampling helps reveal the size of Great White population.

    Genetic sampling of juveniles has produced the best population estimate yet for Great White Shark numbers off the coa...

    Marine life February 11, 2018
  • Drone shadows jellyfish

    Drones help researchers track jellyfish swarms.

    A quadcopter drone photographs a swarm of jellyfish and its own shadow. Keith Holmes / Hakai Institute As the world...

    Marine life February 11, 2018
  • Shark relatives deliver surprises

    A skate that walks, and another that lays eggs near vents.

    Skates - a group of fish closely related to sharks and rays - have provided scientists with not one but two surprises...

    Marine life February 8, 2018
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