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.
Herbivore drool defeats fungal defence
A report in Biology Letters shows that the drool of herbivores might help defeat the toxic fungal defences of the plants they graze on.
New model helps explain how provisions promote or reduce wildlife disease
Scientists have long known that providing supplemental food for wildlife, or resource provisioning, can sometimes cause more harm than good. University of Georgia ecologists have developed a new mathematical model to tease ...
The weird world of nuptial gifts
An opinion piece published in Biology Letters today delves into the weird world of nuptial gifts.
Baboons groom early in the day to get benefits later
Social animals often develop relationships with other group members to reduce aggression and gain access to scarce resources. In wild chacma baboons the strategy for grooming activities shows a certain pattern ...
Study shows corpse removal in ant colonies is a survival advantage
Closer look at ancient giant sea scorpion suggests poor vision limited its hunting abilities
A sheep's early life experiences can shape behavior in later life
New research has found that a sheep's experiences soon after birth can shape its later behaviour and also that of its offspring.
New study tells the tale of a kangaroo's tail
Kangaroos may be nature's best hoppers. But when they are grazing on all fours, which is most of the time, their tail becomes a powerful fifth leg, says a new study.
Lionfish found to use flared fin display to instigate cooperative hunting
Frogs with vivid colour markings to ward off predators can also appear invisible
(Phys.org) —Frogs that rely on their vivid colour markings to ward off predators can also appear invisible, Deakin University scientists have discovered.
Study finds mimicry increased in scarlet kingsnake snake after disappearance of coral snake
Researchers find bundled team swimming in ant spermatozoa increases speed
Koala shows it's cool to be a tree hugger
Australia's cuddly koala rarely drinks water and doesn't have any sweat glands, long leaving scientists to wonder how it cools off in a heatwave.
Iron, steel in hatcheries may distort magnetic 'map sense' of steelhead
Exposure to iron pipes and steel rebar, such as the materials found in most hatcheries, affects the navigation ability of young steelhead trout by altering the important magnetic "map sense" they need for ...
Oldest ionoscopiform fish found from the Middle Triassic of South China
Ionoscopiform fishes have been known only from the Late Jurassic of Europe and the Early Cretaceous of the New World, although potential ionoscopiforms based on poorly preserved specimens, questionably assigned ...