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Ecology May 26, 2021

As cicadas emerge, wildlife prepare for a feast—rats included

It was June 2004, and the elephants at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore were getting awfully sick of Brood X cicadas, which had emerged en masse after 17 years underground.

Plants & Animals May 26, 2021

Chimps learn 'handshakes' according to social group: study

Chimpanzees develop specific handshake-like gestures depending on their social group, according to the results of a 12-year observational study published on Wednesday that sheds light on the animals' complex social structures.

Evolution May 24, 2021

Scientists discover a new feature that distinguishes modern humans from Neanderthals

Skoltech scientists and their colleagues from Germany and the United States have analyzed the metabolomes of humans, chimpanzees, and macaques in muscle, kidney, and three different brain regions. The team discovered that ...

Environment May 20, 2021

World needs 'new mindset for our survival', says Goodall

Humanity needs to discover a "new mindset for our survival" as the world exits the pandemic only to face the looming dual crises of climate change and nature loss, renowned conservationist Jane Goodall said Thursday.

Plants & Animals May 18, 2021

Study confirms origin of vervet monkeys living near an urban airport for decades

Robust data and genetic research are providing important evidence on a colony of wild African vervet monkeys that landed in Dania Beach more than 70 years ago and settled in a thick mangrove forest near the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood ...

Cell & Microbiology May 10, 2021

Researchers reconstruct the oral microbiomes of Neanderthals, primates, and humans

Living in and on our bodies are trillions of microbial cells belonging to thousands of bacterial species, known as the microbiome. These microbes play key roles in human health, but little is known about their evolution. ...

Plants & Animals May 07, 2021

From baby blue-tongues to elephant doulas: Motherhood across the animal kingdom

With Mother's Day around the corner, it's a good opportunity to ask what being a mother looks like across the animal kingdom. Most of us have a solid concept of human motherhood, but in nature maternal care comes in many ...

Biochemistry May 07, 2021

Tiny amino acid differences can lead to dramatically different enzymes

Just a few changes to an enzyme's amino acids can be enough to dramatically change its function, enabling microbes to inhabit wildly different environments.

Evolution May 06, 2021

Review: Most human origins stories are not compatible with known fossils

In the 150 years since Charles Darwin speculated that humans originated in Africa, the number of species in the human family tree has exploded, but so has the level of dispute concerning early human evolution. Fossil apes ...

Evolution May 05, 2021

New bonobo genome fine tunes great ape evolution studies

Chimpanzees and bonobos diverged comparatively recently in great ape evolutionary history. They split into different species about 1.7 million years ago. Some of the distinctions between chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) and bonobo ...

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