New purple crab species found in Philippines
Four new species of freshwater crab, bright purple in colour, have been discovered in the biologically diverse but ecologically-threatened Philippines, the man who found them said Saturday.
Social or stinky? New study reveals how animal defenses evolve
When people see a skunk, the reaction usually is "Eww," but when they see a group of meerkats peering around, they often think "Aww."
Ants build raft to escape flood, protect queen
When facing a flood, ants build rafts and use both the buoyancy of the brood and the recovery ability of workers to minimize injury or death, according to a study published in PLOS ONE on February 19, 20 ...
Touch screens help monkeys relax
Zoos are great places to study animals. The non-human primates among them get the most attention from researchers. Some of them are trained to interact with computers for psychological research. In a new ...
Loner lizards don't light up: The social side of lizards (w/ Video)
(Phys.org) —One of the first studies conducted on young reptiles reared without contact with their siblings is challenging the assumption that only mammals and birds are shaped by social interactions.
'Judas' fish could help wipe out Asian carp
Methods used to eradicate feral pigs and goats in Hawaii, Australia, the Galapagos Islands and southern United States could be employed in Minnesota to fight the Asian carp invasion.
Researchers examine the social networks of wild giraffes
(Phys.org) —New research from The University of Queensland reinforces the value of network analysis and long-term studies for examining the social systems of wild animals.
Dogs' behavior could help to design social robots
Designers of social robots, take note. Bring your dog to the lab next time you test a prototype, and watch how your pet interacts with it. You might just learn a thing or two that could help you fine-tune ...
New brain nerve cells key to stress resilience, researchers find
UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found new clues that might help explain why some people are more susceptible to stress than others.
Mapping the social networking of birds
(Phys.org)—A team, led by researchers at the Universities of St Andrews and Washington, used novel radio-transmitters to study the social networks of New Caledonian crows, a species renowned for using sophisticated ...
Scientists discover first ever record of insect pollination from 100 million years ago
Amber from Cretaceous deposits (110-105 my) in Northern Spain has revealed the first ever record of insect pollination. Scientists have discovered in two pieces of amber several specimens of tiny insects covered ...
Birds of a feather... track seven neighbors to flock together
Watching a flock of thousands of starlings take to the sky is a spectacular sight. As the flock changes direction, it looks like a formation of suspended iron filings guided by an invisible magnet in the ...
New research links individual animal behavior with social spacing
Certain animal species are capable of coordinating their spatial behavior to cover terrain by maintaining areas of exclusive use while sharing other regions of space with their neighbors, new research has found.
Fish leaders are born, not made, study finds
Leadership is an innate quality, said a fish study Wednesday that predicted trouble in animal social groups, also human ones, when natural roles are reversed.