Cane toads demonstrating impressive adaptive abilities in Western Australia
Researchers find UV sensitivity in wide range of mammals
Crazy ants dominate fire ants by neutralizing their venom
Invasive "crazy ants" are rapidly displacing fire ants in areas across the southeastern U.S. by secreting a compound that neutralizes fire ant venom, according to a University of Texas at Austin study published ...
Mystery of bottle gourd migration to Americas solved
Ornithologists discover flight causes genome shrinkage
(Phys.org) —It has long been known that birds and bats have small genomes, but the cause was uncertain. Now researchers at the University of New Mexico have shown that the genome shrinks over evolutionary ...
Love or kill thy neighbor? New study into animal social behavior
A theoretical study led by the University of Exeter has shed new light on the conditions that lead to the evolution of spite or altruism in structured populations.
A single gene, doublesex, controls wing mimicry in butterflies
A single gene regulates the complex wing patterns, colors and structures required for mimicry in swallowtail butterflies, report scientists from the University of Chicago, March 5 in Nature. Surprisingly, the ge ...
New fins evolve repeatedly in teleost fishes
Though present in more than 6,000 living species of fish, the adipose fin, a small appendage that lies between the dorsal fin and tail, has no clear function and is thought to be vestigial. However, a new ...
Bird song – it's not just a male gig
Since Darwin's observations we thought that bird songs were a male trait for courting with females who were drawn to the most seductive male song.
Are plants more intelligent than we assumed?
Plants are also able to make complex decisions. At least this is what scientists from the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ) and the University of Göttingen have concluded from their investigations ...
Scientists find distinctive patterns of olfactory receptors in fruit-eating bats
How do we smell? The answer lies in the 1,000 or so genes that encode what's known as olfactory receptors inside our noses.
Escargot could follow the dodo, scientists warn
Snails, one of France's signature dishes, could be off the menu if the country fails to stem an invasion by a slimy worm from Southeast Asia, scientists warned on Tuesday.
Unmasking the secrets of the extinct moa
Griffith researchers have undertaken a study to clarify the number of species which existed of the extinct New Zealand moa.
Colored lobster rope could be safer for whales
(AP)—A researcher says preventing endangered North Atlantic right whales from becoming entangled in lobster gear could be as simple as changing the color of the rope.