Field study shows how sailfish use their bill to catch fish
Study shows rhesus monkeys able to add numbers together for a reward
Brain size matters when it comes to animal self-control
(Phys.org) —Chimpanzees may throw tantrums like toddlers, but their total brain size suggests they have more self-control than, say, a gerbil or fox squirrel, according to a new study of 36 species of mammals ...
Archaeological, genetic evidence expands views of domestication
Many of our ideas about domestication derive from Charles Darwin, whose ideas in turn were strongly influenced by British animal-breeding practices during the 19th century, a period when landowners vigorously ...
Cheetahs found to use spatial avoidance techniques to allow for surviving among lions
Research splits alligator snapping turtle, 'dinosaur of the turtle world,' into three species
The alligator snapping turtle is the largest river turtle in North America, weighing in at up to 200 pounds and living almost a century. Now researchers from Florida and the University of Vermont have discovered ...
Nest-building in finches is a learning process developed through experience
(Phys.org) —Nest-building is not just an innate skill but a learning process that birds develop through experience, research suggests.
Too many chefs: Smaller groups exhibit more accurate decision-making
The trope that the likelihood of an accurate group decision increases with the abundance of brains involved might not hold up when a collective faces a variety of factors—as often happens in life and nature. ...
Study suggests mysterious bio-duck sounds in southern ocean come from minke whales
Ravens understand the relations among others
Like many social mammals, ravens form different types of social relationships – they may be friends, kin, or partners and they also form strict dominance relations. From a cognitive perspective, understanding ...
Personality determines whether tarantulas copulate with males or cannibalize them
Sexual cannibalism in spiders – the attack and consumption of males by females before or after copulation – is very widespread. A new investigation analyses the reason behind such extreme behaviour, at ...
Spying on plant communication with tiny bugs
Internal communications in plants share striking similarities with those in animals, new research reveals. With the help of tiny insects, scientists were able to tap into this communication system. Their ...
Sloth guts are designed for hanging upside down, study finds
Three-toed sloths have a unique abdominal design—their innards fixed to their lower ribs to avoid squashing the lungs while hanging upside down, a study said Wednesday.
New critter discovered on whale carcass
A new species of bug, similar in appearance to the common woodlouse, has been found plastered all over a whale carcass on the floor of the deep Southern Ocean.