Study shows that interactions between humans and scavengers have been decisive in human evolution
An international team of researchers led by scientists at the University Miguel Hernández in Elche (Spain) has concluded that the interactions that human have kept for millennia with scavengers like vultures, ...
Who's afraid of the big bad wolf: Is the dingo friend or foe?
Another attack on Fraser Island – the flashpoint for dingo management issues – has highlighted our complex relationship with these animals once again.
Scientists cage dead zebras in Africa to understand the spread of anthrax
Scavengers might not play as key a role in spreading anthrax through wildlife populations as previously assumed, according to findings from a small study conducted in Etosha National Park in northern Namibia.
Evolution helped turn hairless skin into a canvas for self-expression
(Phys.org)—Hairless skin first evolved in humans as a way to keep cool—and then turned into a canvas to help them look cool, according to a Penn State anthropologist.
S.Asian vultures stable after near-extinction, study finds
The population of South Asian vultures, which suffered a 99 percent drop since the 1990s, has stabilised for the first time, a study said, offering a glimmer of hope that the birds could be saved.
Crows don't digest prions, may transport them to other locations
Crows fed on prion-infected brains from mice can transmit these infectious agents in their feces and may play a role in the geographic spread of diseases caused by prions, such as chronic wasting disease or scrapie.
Light pollution transforming insect communities
(Phys.org) -- Street lighting is transforming communities of insects and other invertebrates, according to research by the University of Exeter. Published today in the journal Biology Letters, the study shows ...
Spider scientists creep up on elusive prey
The summer sun is in full force, yet these scavengers are clutching flashlights.
Two new studies link hunting to lead in scavenger birds
(PhysOrg.com) -- Two new UC Davis studies add scientific evidence that hunters lead ammunition often finds its way into carrion-eating birds, such as eagles and turkey vultures.
Increase in Cambodia's vultures gives hope to imperiled scavengers
While vultures across Asia teeter on the brink of extinction, the vultures of Cambodia are increasing in number, providing a beacon of hope for these threatened scavengers, according to the Wildlife Conservation ...
Researchers discover how cells recognize viral toxin
(PhysOrg.com) -- For many years it's been known that the fever, achiness and other symptoms you feel during the flu are triggered by a viral molecule that travels through the body acting like a toxin.