Prairie dogs may have the most complex language
Researchers suggest prairie dog jump-yips are means to assess group alertness (w/ Video)
Modern lab reaches across the ages to resolve plague DNA debate
(Phys.org) —From within an ancient German gravesite to laboratories under the harshest extremes of scientific scrutiny, traces of DNA from a deadly disease illuminate the cold pages of history with modern ...
Prairie dogs disperse when all close kin have disappeared
Prairie dogs pull up stakes and look for a new place to live when all their close kin have disappeared from their home territory—a striking pattern of dispersal that has not been observed for any other ...
Animal reservoir mystery solved
(Phys.org) -- A team of scientists at Washington University in St. Louis has been keeping a wary eye on emerging tick-borne diseases in Missouri for the past dozen years, and they have just nailed down another ...
Carnivorous mice spread deadly plague in prairie dog towns, study finds
Prairie dogs, once abundant in the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains, have been decimated in recent decades by plague - a virulent bacterial disease spread by fleas.
Multiple mates worth the risk for female prairie dogs
Mating with more than one male increases reproductive success for female prairie dogs, despite an increase in risks. This is according to a new study published in The Journal of Mammalogy by behavioral ecolog ...
Prairie dogs: influencing the accumulation of metals in plants?
Prairie dogs may seem like harmless little creatures, but they can inflict serious injury on plants simply by snacking on them. Plants cannot flee from their furry predators, so how do they avoid becoming ...
Sustaining the biodiversity of the western Great Plains
Fire, cattle and even prairie dogs all could play a role in sustaining the biodiversity of the western Great Plains, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researcher.
Prairie dog research promotes caring, conservation
The Northern Arizona University biology professor states the case for protecting the species in Prairie Dogs: Communication and Community in an Animal Society, recently published by Harvard University Press.