zoology

  • Profile

    Vale Roger Short, 1930–2021

    Vet, zoologist, and reproductive biologist Roger Short was a success in many fields, but it was h...

    Daniel Stefanski was a third-year medical student in 1994 when he attended a lecture that changed his life. The lectu...

    Australia August 10, 2021
  • How seals adapted to move through water

    Collaboration of zoologists and engineers solves seal “evolutionary riddle”.

    Have you ever wondered how seals learned to perform their skilled underwater acrobatics? Zoologist David Hocking, ...

    Marine life May 7, 2021
  • Dolphin sex isn’t just about babies

    Copulation is as much about bonding as babies.

    World-first examinations of the dolphin clitorises suggest that sex may be a pleasurable exercise for the marine mamm...

    Marine life April 7, 2019
  • Alan Turing’s equations explain shark skin

    Model explains patterning across vertebrate lineage.

    Alan Turing’s explanation for how modern animals developed their scales, feathers and hair may have even broader appl...

    Marine life November 7, 2018
  • Doubts cast on Indo orangutan report

    Zoologists question the reliability of number increase claims.

    Wildlife researchers have criticised a report by the Indonesian government, saying its estimate that orangutan popula...

    Animals November 6, 2018
  • A species dazzlingly revealed

    Researchers find a coloured fish, never before seen.

    Off the coast of Brazil, more than 120 metres below the surface of the ocean, lives a newly discovered, rare and stri...

    Marine life September 26, 2018
  • Spying on pretty flamingos

    What do captive birds do when the zoo is closed?

    What do zoo animals get up to when the gates are closed and the visitors and staff gone home? It’s an entrancing que...

    Birds September 11, 2018
  • Buzz off! Elephants give bees a wide berth

    Beehives may resolve conflict between elephants and farmers.

    Despite the well-known cartoon image of an elephant being terrified by a mouse, there is no formal evidence of these ...

    Animals January 25, 2018
  • 18 new species of spiders that look like pelicans

    Once thought extinct, the pelican spiders turn out to be highly diverse.

    There are wolf spiders (family Lycosidae), mouse spiders (Missulena occatoria), lynx spiders (family Oxyopidae), and ...

    Biology January 11, 2018
  • Zoos in last ditch fight to save endangered possum

    Plan to boost genetic diversity might be the animals’ only chance.

    Zoos in the Australian state of Victoria are engaged in a renewed effort to ensure the diminutive, large-eyed Leadbea...

    Biology December 13, 2017
  • Anteater family grows by six species

    Fieldwork and museum studies find evidence to divide a species into seven.

    It’s time to rewrite a page of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List, the standard refere...

    Biology December 11, 2017
  • Chimps happy to take turns playing video games

    Cooperation on screen-based challenges requires no training, say zoologists.

    Unlike many human children, chimpanzees are happy to take turns when it comes to playing computer games. This became...

    Biology November 5, 2017
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