Biology Letters is a peer-reviewed scientific journal. It was split off as a separate journal from the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences in 2005 after having been published as a supplement. Originally it was published quarterly, but from 2007 it has been published bimonthly. The journal publishes short articles from across biology. The editor-in-chief is Brian Charlesworth. As of 2010, Biology Letters has an impact factor of 3.651 and is ranked 14th in Biology. All content is assigned to one of the following categories: Animal behaviour, Biomechanics, Community ecology, Conservation, Evolutionary biology, Evolutionary developmental biology, Genome biology, Global Change Biology, Marine biology, Molecular evolution, Neurobiology, Palaeontology, Pathogen Biology, Physiology, Phylogeny, Population ecology, or Population genetics. The journal publishes research articles, opinion pieces, scientific meeting reports, comments, and invited reply articles.
Female brown-headed cowbirds perform spatial tasks better than males
Tired jokes about men, women and sense of direction have existed since the dawn of time. A new study at Western, however, has shown female brown-headed cowbirds perform spatial tasks better than their male ...
New invasive species breakthrough sparks interest around the world
A research breakthrough at Queen's University Belfast has sparked interest among aquatic biologists, zoologists and ecologists around the world.
Cane toads demonstrating impressive adaptive abilities in Western Australia
'Team of rivals' approach works for sparrows defending territories
A new study of territorial songs used by chipping sparrows to defend their turf reveals that males sometimes will form a "dear enemy" alliance with a weaker neighbor to prevent a stronger rival from moving in. University ...
All sperm are not equal
An experimental study from researchers at Uppsala University provides evidence that in Atlantic salmon, selection acting upon sperm phenotypes within a single ejaculate of a male affects the time until hatching in the resulting ...
Study finds bumblebees able to fly as high as Mount Everest
First in non-primates: Research shows jackdaws use eyes for communication
Researchers in Cambridge and Exeter have discovered that jackdaws use their eyes to communicate with each other – the first time this has been shown in non-primates.
Landscape complexity affects pigeons' navigation
(Phys.org) —Homing pigeons' ability to learn and remember routes depends on the complexity of the landscape below. Hedges and boundaries between urban and rural areas provide ideal landmarks for navigation.
Single gene separates queen from workers
Scientists have identified how a single gene in honey bees separates the queens from the workers.
Hedges and edges help pigeons learn their way around
A study has found that homing pigeons' ability to remember routes depends on the complexity of the landscape below, with hedges and boundaries between urban and rural areas providing ideal landmarks for navigation.
Research team claims fossil-only study of placental mammalian evolution time frame is wrong
(Phys.org) —A team of researchers from the U.K. (led by Mario dos Reis) is directly challenging the results of a study conducted by another team (led by Maureen O'Leary) that concluded last year that placental mammals came to exist after the demise of the dinosaurs, no ...
Natural selection can favor 'irrational' behavior
It seems paradoxical that a preference for which of two houses to buy could depend on another, inferior, house – but researchers at the University of Bristol have identified that seemingly irrelevant alternatives can, and ...
Budapest team studies how humans interpret dog barks
Researchers find native male praying mantises falling prey to invading females
Cooler climate helped evolution of penguins
Penguins waddled into the book of life around 20 million years ago and diversified thanks to global cooling which opened up Antarctica for habitation, a study said on Wednesday.