Being more colorful found to be disadvantage for female plover
Study suggests fake eyes on butterfly wings mimic eyes of predators
A tall story: Why do the Dutch tower over us?
The Netherlands is the land of giants: on average, its women stand almost 1.71 metres (5.6 feet) tall, and its men 1.84 metres.
Ants' intruder defense strategy could lead to better email spam filters, biologist finds
To kill spam, email filters might need to act a bit more like ants.
Pests are easier to combat in habitats rich in species
A diverse and species-rich agricultural landscape is also beneficial to farmers. This isn't just because there are plenty of pollinating insects, creepy crawly pest controllers and other useful helpers. Scientists ...
Isotope study shows which urban ants love junk food
Research from North Carolina State University finds that some - but not all - of the ant species on the streets of Manhattan have developed a taste for human food, offering insight into why certain ants are ...
Worm lizards dispersed by 'rafting' over oceans, not continental drift
Tiny, burrowing reptiles known as worm lizards became widespread long after the breakup of the continents, leading scientists to conclude that they must have dispersed by rafting across oceans soon after ...
The nature of nurture is all about your mother, study says
When it comes to survival of the fittest, it's all about your mother - at least in the squirrel world.
An elephant never forgets the way to the watering hole
A study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B tracked the movement of elephants across the African savannah. The elephants chose the shortest distances towards watering holes, pin-pointing the lo ...
Study finds flies are key to pollination
Flies play an important role as pollinators and should no longer be neglected in pollination studies, according to a new study led by University of Bristol researchers, published in the Proceedings of th ...
Skin microbiome may hold answers to protect threatened gold frogs from lethal fungus
A team of scientists including Virginia Tech researchers is one step closer to understanding how bacteria on a frog's skin affects its likelihood of contracting disease.
Mercury pollution danger for arctic ivory gulls
A paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B today says that mercury levels in arctic ivory gulls have risen almost 50 fold over the last 130 years. Scientists think this increase in mercury pollutants could ...