Ants more rational than humans
In a study released online on July 22 in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences, researchers at Arizona State University and Princeton University show that ants can accomplish a task ...
Scientists study why the blind salamander lives so long
Emotions help animals to make choices
To understand how animals experience the world and how they should be treated, people need to better understand their emotional lives. A new review of animal emotion suggests that, as in humans, emotions ...
New carnivorous mammal discovered in Madagascar - first in 24 years
(PhysOrg.com) -- A new species of small carnivore, known as Durrells vontsira (Salanoia durrelli) has been identified by researchers from the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, the Natural History ...
New Zealand's moa were exterminated by an extremely low-density human population
A new study suggests that the flightless birds named moa were completely extinct by the time New Zealand's human population had grown to two and half thousand people at most.
Settling for 'Mr. Right Now' better than waiting for 'Mr. Right'
Evolutionary researchers have determined that settling for "Mr. Okay" is a better evolutionary strategy than waiting for "Mr. Perfect."
I control therefore I am: chimps self-aware, says study
Chimpanzees are self-aware and can anticipate the impact of their actions on the environment around them, an ability once thought to be uniquely human, according to a study released Wednesday.
Ancient DNA ends Aussie claim to kiwi origins
Australia can no longer lay claim to the origins of the iconic New Zealand kiwi following University of Adelaide research published in the journal Science today showing the kiwi's closest relative is not ...
Which is the world's deadliest spider, really?
It seems Ebola and terrorism may have lost their scare factor. That is because journalists have once again turned to arachnophobia. "Brazilian Wandering spider found under a bunch of bananas in Waitrose home ...
Biologist discovers mammal with salamander-like regenerative abilities
(Phys.org)—A small African mammal with an unusual ability to regrow damaged tissues could inspire new research in regenerative medicine, a University of Florida study finds.
320-year-old mystery solved thanks to ancient DNA
University of Adelaide researchers have found the answer to one of natural history's most intriguing puzzles – the origins of the now extinct Falkland Islands wolf and how it came to be the only land-based ...
Study shows some cuckoo birds may actually help their hosts
Researchers decode gestures used by chimpanzees to communicate with each other
Dolphins are attracted to magnets
Dolphins are indeed sensitive to magnetic stimuli, as they behave differently when swimming near magnetized objects. So says Dorothee Kremers and her colleagues at Ethos unit of the Université de Rennes ...