Biologists revisit Janzen's theory of microbe-macrobe competition with new variable
Researchers show that bold baboons learn to solve tasks from other baboons
Baboons learn from other baboons about new food sources – but only if they are bold or anxious – according to a new study published in the journal PeerJ. The results suggest that personality plays a key ...
Desktop tool traces animal movement using consumer video equipment
People love to watch animals. That's why zoos exist. That's why photographic safaris command princely sums. That's why cat videos have become an unstoppable force.
First animals oxygenated the ocean, research suggests
The evolution of the first animals may have oxygenated the earth's oceans – contrary to the traditional view that a rise in oxygen triggered their development.
Yellowstone: Bison slaughters done for the season
Yellowstone National Park administrators say shipments of wild bison to slaughter are done for the winter after almost 600 animals were removed in an effort to shrink their numbers.
South Pacific Island's earliest inhabitants relied primarily on foraging, not horticulture
Early Lapita inhabitants of Vanuatu, a South Pacific Island, ate fish, marine turtles, and wild or domestic animals, rather than relying on horticulture during early colonization, according to a study published March 5, 2014, ...
Livestock can produce food that is better for the people and the planet
With one in seven humans undernourished, and with the challenges of population growth and climate change, the need for efficient food production has never been greater. Eight strategies to cut the environmental and economic ...
Indonesian clerics issue fatwa to protect wildlife
Indonesia's top Islamic clerical body has issued a religious fatwa against the illegal hunting and trade in endangered animals in the country, which the WWF hailed on Wednesday as the world's first.
What makes flying snakes such gifted gliders?
Animal flight behavior is an exciting frontier for engineers to both apply knowledge of aerodynamics and to learn from nature's solutions to operating in the air. Flying snakes are particularly intriguing ...
Species matters in a noisy world
Fish exposed to increased noise levels consume less food and show more stress-related behaviour, according to new research from the University of Bristol and the University of Exeter. However, the way fish ...
Large mammals were the architects in prehistoric ecosystems
Elephants, rhinoceroses and aurochs once roamed around freely in the forests of Europe, while hippopotamuses lived in rivers such as the Thames and the Rhine. New research shows how we can use knowledge about ...
Bison ready for new pastures?
A new study from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) demonstrates that it is possible to qualify bison coming from an infected herd as free of brucellosis ...
Using maths to save rare animals and plants from poachers
Environmental scientists have developed a new, low-cost way to save rare animals and plants from poachers and plunderers – using maths.
New haul of exotic animals seized in Philippines
Wildlife authorities said Tuesday they had seized nearly 100 exotic animals that had been smuggled into the southern Philippines in the second such haul in just two weeks.