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Good fathers sing simple songs

The female Chinese Hume Warbler is attracted to males who sing simple songs, as opposed to the more common preference among birds of choosing males who sing the most complex songs. This preference for males with inconspicuous ...

dateJun 14, 2016 in Plants & Animals
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Survival of the oldest

The oldest surviving species of vertebrates, such as the cane toad and the California sea lion, which have endured past extreme environmental events, will be more likely to adapt to future climate changes than younger species, ...

dateMay 03, 2016 in Evolution
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Man's best friend is getting smaller

Over the last 28 years, pet owners in Australia have favoured smaller pedigree dogs with shorter and wider heads, according to a study published in the open access journal, Canine Genetics and Epidemiology. The popularity ...

dateApr 04, 2016 in Plants & Animals
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Urban swans' genes make them plucky

Researchers have discovered that swans' wariness is partly determined by their genes. The research, which is published in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology, suggests that swans which are genetically predisposed ...

dateDec 10, 2015 in Plants & Animals
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Chewbaaka migrated from North America

The cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is now at home on the African plains, but it started a migration 100, 000 years ago from North America towards its current habitat. The research, published in the open access journal Genome ...

dateDec 08, 2015 in Plants & Animals
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Where did Australian cats come from?

Researchers have found that cats in Australia are most likely descended from those brought by European settlers. Feral cats found on the islands surrounding Australia may represent founding populations from Europe, introduced ...

dateDec 03, 2015 in Evolution
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