Skin coloring of rhesus macaque monkeys linked to breeding success, new study shows
Skin colour displayed amongst one species of monkey provides a key indicator of how successfully they will breed, a new study has shown.
Global importance of pollinators underestimated
(Phys.org) —Declines in populations of pollinators, such as bees and wasps, may be a key threat to nutrition in some of the most poorly fed parts of the globe, according to new research.
New concepts based on advances in animal systematics
The way in which most multicellular organisms have been classified has been the same for more than a century. Only recently have scientists developed the tools and knowledge to question the way we classify ...
'Green wave' explains migratory bird routes
Migratory songbirds enjoy the best of both worlds—food-rich summers and balmy winters—but they pay for it with a tough commute. Their twice-a-year migrations span thousands of miles and are the most dangerous, physically ...
Lady baboons with guy pals live longer
Numerous studies have linked social interaction to improved health and survival in humans, and new research confirms that the same is true for baboons.
Eagle-eyed birds of prey help scrounging vultures find their dinner
Zoologists from the School of Natural Sciences at Trinity College Dublin have discovered how endangered vultures find their food, which will have important applications for their conservation. It turns out ...
A new explanation for the dominance of generalists among tropical trees
In tropical rainforests, most young trees grow spatially independent from their parent trees. This means that it is not possible to predict where seedlings will take root, and less specialised species therefore ...
Ancient mammal relatives were active at night 100 million years before origin of mammals
Most living mammals are active at night (or nocturnal), and many other mammal species are active during twilight conditions. It has long been thought that the transition to nocturnality occurred at about ...
Economic success drives language extinction
New research shows economic growth to be main driver of language extinction and reveals global 'hotspots' where languages are most under threat.
Cockatoos go to carpentry school
Goffin's cockatoos can learn how to make and use wooden tools from each other, a new study has found.
Team defines new biodiversity metric
To understand how the repeated climatic shifts over the last 120,000 years may have influenced today's patterns of genetic diversity, a team of researchers led by City College of New York biologist Dr. Ana ...
Researchers suggest rate of evolution change can explain discrepancy between molecular clocks and fossil evidence
Animals first flex their muscles
An unusual new fossil discovery of one of the earliest animals on earth may also provide the oldest evidence of muscle tissue – the bundles of cells that make movement in animals possible.
The ABC's of animal speech: Not so random after all
The calls of many animals, from whales to wolves, might contain more language-like structure than previously thought, according to study that raises new questions about the evolutionary origins of human language.