Digging yields clues: Biologists connect burrowing behavior in mice to genes
Nature vs. nurture has long been one of the great debates in science—is behavior hard-wired into the brain, or determined by environment? In at least some cases, Harvard researchers are showing, how animals ...
New research shows some barnacles mate via spermcasting
Chimpanzees successfully play the 'ultimatum game': Confirmation of apes' sense of fairness
Researchers at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University, are the first to show chimpanzees possess a sense of fairness that has previously been attributed as uniquely human. Working with ...
Researchers discover wasp larva disinfect their food before eating
Frog killing fungus found to infect crayfish too
Study finds great apes can experience a 'midlife crisis' similar to humans
Chimpanzees and orangutans can experience a midlife crisis just like humans, a study suggests.
Super-sensory hearing? Newly identified hearing organ in bushcrickets' ears could create new technologies
The discovery of a previously unidentified hearing organ in the South American bushcrickets' ear could pave the way for technological advancements in bio-inspired acoustic sensors research, including medical ...
Bodyguard fish: Corals attacked by toxic seaweed use chemical 911 signals to summon help
Corals under attack by toxic seaweed do what anyone might do when threatened – they call for help. A study reported this week in the journal Science shows that threatened corals send signals to fish "bodyg ...
Saber-toothed cats and bear dogs: How they made cohabitation work
(Phys.org)—The fossilized fangs of saber-toothed cats hold clues to how the extinct mammals shared space and food with other large predators 9 million years ago.
Honeybee secretion may find use as local anesthetic
A whale with a distinctly human-like voice
For the first time, researchers have been able to show by acoustic analysis that whales—or at least one very special white whale—can imitate the voices of humans. That's a surprise, because whales typically ...
Scientists connect baboon personalities to social success, health benefits
Whether human or baboon, it helps to have friends. For both species, studies have shown that robust social networks lead to better health and longer lives. Now, a team of University of Pennsylvania researchers ...
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.
In birds' development, researchers find diversity by the peck
(Phys.org)—It has long been known that diversity of form and function in birds' specialized beaks is abundant. Charles Darwin famously studied the finches on the Galapagos Islands, tying the morphology ...