Long-held assumption about emergence of new species questioned
Darwin referred to the origin of species as "that mystery of mysteries," and even today, more than 150 years later, evolutionary biologists cannot fully explain how new animals and plants arise.
Study shows bees use visual rate of expansion of ground for perfect landings
Cane toads demonstrating impressive adaptive abilities in Western Australia
Fish as good as chimpanzees at choosing the best partner for a task
Coral trout are fast when chasing prey above the reefs of their habitat, but can't pursue their quarry if it buries itself into a hard-to-reach reef crevice.
Cuttlefish have high definition polarization vision, researchers discover
Cuttlefish have the most acute polarization vision yet found in any animal, researchers at the University of Bristol have discovered by showing them movies on a modified LCD computer screen to test their eyesight.
Antarctica's first whale skeleton found with nine new deep-sea species
Marine biologists have, for the first time, found a whale skeleton on the ocean floor near Antarctica, giving new insights into life in the sea depths. The discovery was made almost a mile below the surface ...
More to biological diversity than meets the eye
Most of us already imagine the tropics as a place of diversity—a lush region of the globe teeming with a wide variety of exotic plants and animals. But for researchers Andrew Forbes and Marty Condon, there's ...
Research shows reciprocity an important component of prosocial behavior
While exchanging favors with others, humans tend to think in terms of tit-for-tat, an assumption easily extended to other animals. As a result, reciprocity is often viewed as a cognitive feat requiring memory, perhaps even ...
Wild gorilla spotted using pole as a ladder
Study shows fairy wrasses perceive and respond to their own deep red fluorescent coloration
Study unlocks link between sex and female brain
An international team of scientists led by Gregg Adams at the University of Saskatchewan has discovered that a protein in semen acts on the female brain to prompt ovulation, and is the same molecule that ...
Fruit flies show mark of intelligence in thinking before they act
Fruit flies 'think' before they act, a study by researchers from the University of Oxford's Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour suggests. The neuroscientists showed that fruit flies take longer to make ...
Urination duration: Study finds most mammals need about 21 seconds
Headed to the bathroom? If you think you might have to "pee like a race horse," join the club - so does everyone else. Scientists who watched dozens of different mammals from rats to elephants relieve themselves ...