New artificial bait could reduce number of horseshoe crabs used to catch eel, whelk
A new alternative bait product that will help reduce the number of horseshoe crabs harvested from the Delaware Bay has been introduced.
Bird ancestor reclaims its branch on tree of life
Venerated for 150 years as the forebear of all birds until being relegated two years ago to the common class of winged dinosaurs, the Archaeopteryx was restored to its hallowed branch on the tree of life ...
Diseases can rapidly evolve to become more—or less—virulent, according to songbird study
A novel disease in songbirds has rapidly evolved to become more harmful to its host on at least two separate occasions in just two decades, according to a new study. The research provides a real-life model to help understand ...
New study reveals how bumblebees steal birds' nests
A new study highlights the 'parasitism by theft' of bumblebees that invade birds' nests and claim them as their own. Their warning buzz helps bumblebees to "scare" the bird away from the nest. The work by Piotr Jablonski ...
Angry bird's unique wing weapon revealed
(Phys.org) —The solitaire bird was a giant flightless pigeon that, like its closest relative the dodo, became extinct soon after European explorers settled in its habitat. It had a strange knob-like ball ...
Rats move their eyes in opposite directions, keep an eye on airspace above them, researchers show
Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, using miniaturised high-speed cameras and high-speed behavioural tracking, discovered that rats move their eyes in opposite ...
Penguins predict summer is on the way
The Great British summer is finally on the way… according to ZSL London Zoo's penguins.
Finland's nature conservation areas unable to sustain forest bird species in future
The existing network of nature conservation areas in Finland will be unable to ensure sufficient amount of habitats for our forest bird species as climate change progresses. The precious bird species of ...
Fragile mega-galaxy is missing link in history of cosmos
Two hungry young galaxies that collided 11 billion years ago are rapidly forming a massive galaxy about 10 times the size of the Milky Way, according to UC Irvine-led research published Wednesday in the journal ...
Designer eucalypts for urban landscapes
University of Adelaide researchers are working with the Australian nursery industry to produce 'designer eucalypts' more suitable for our home gardens and urban landscapes than many trees currently available.
Bird's playlist could signal mental strengths and weaknesses
Having the biggest playlist doesn't make a male songbird the brainiest of the bunch, a new study shows.
New evidence suggests some birds gave up flight to become better swimmers
Mum and dad Theropod dinosaurs shared the work, research shows
(Phys.org) —Research into the incubation behaviour of birds suggests the type of parental care carried out by their long extinct ancestors.
Wind farms get pass on eagle deaths
It's the not-so-green secret of the nation's wind-energy boom: Spinning turbines are killing thousands of federally protected birds, including eagles, each year.