• Sensitive sea snakes are sexier

    A touching review of how sea snakes mate.

    In honour of World Ocean Day, here’s a nice little story about…sea snakes, sex and sensitive males.Male and fema...

    Australia June 8, 2021
  • The long-term effects of sexual competition

    Love rivals risk having offspring with more harmful mutations.

    Peering into the private lives of beetles has revealed that males who face tougher competition for females risk havin...

    Animals March 17, 2020
  • Can we beat mosquitos at their own game?

    Understanding aerodynamics and acoustics a double win.

    Which is the more annoying sound, a mosquito at night or a drone – well, any time?The complex streamlines gener...

    Animals November 10, 2019
  • The power of unbroken bonds

    Sticking with the same mate pays evolutionary dividends.

    There have long been sexual selection theories that predict males have the most to gain by seeking out as many mates ...

    Animals October 14, 2019
  • Bird mating habits challenge evolution

    Nest parasites breed as a matter of principle.

    A seven-year US study into the mating habits of a parasitic bird has confirmed one evolutionary theory and contradict...

    Birds September 30, 2019
  • Bonobo mothers help sons get it on

    For humanity’s closest relatives, sex is often a family affair.

    Sergey Uryadnikov/ShutterstockDating is never easy, for any of us. Scenarios play over in our heads, classic quest...

    Animals May 24, 2019
  • Water beetles mate to an evolutionary standstill

    Adaptations to male harassment result in speciation barrier.

    A species of diving beetle is having mating problems, and that’s of interest to more than just diving beetles.Grapo...

    Evolution March 24, 2019
  • For budgies brains beat brawn in mating game

    Female birds prefer suitors that demonstrate clever behaviour.

    There’s interesting dating news from China. Brains beat looks in attracting birds. If you’re also a bird. Possibly....

    Birds January 10, 2019
  • Even for the armed, there is safety in numbers

    Beetles with backsides from hell shelter with related species.

    Bombardier beetles, members of the genus Brachinus, are uniquely equipped to defend themselves but still prefer to se...

    Animals November 1, 2018
  • Tap-dancing songbirds love an audience

    One species dances like no one’s watching.

    The courting rituals of at least one species of bird change in relation to who’s watching, research shows.Would y...

    Birds October 3, 2018
  • Beta bower birds bonk by beating bullies

    Iconic birds show innovative ways of competing against males.

    It is rarely advisable to anthropomorphise the behaviour of non-human animals, but in the case of socially dominant m...

    Birds March 8, 2018
  • Big noses are a turn-on

    Big nose, big…?

    Proboscis monkeys are so named because of the enormous noses sported by the males of the species. New research, howev...

    Animals February 25, 2018
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