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Plants & Animals Jun 01, 2021

Sick bats also employ 'social distancing' which prevents the outbreak of epidemics

The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced us to expressions like 'lockdown', 'isolation' and 'social distancing', which became part of social conduct all over the world. Now it appears that bats also maintain social distancing ...

Ecology May 31, 2021

Unravelling the mysteries of seasonal reproduction in lynx: New insights into mechanisms of corpus luteum in cats

Most of the existing 39 cat species are threatened. Successful reproduction under breeding conditions is hindered by a lack of knowledge and appropriate techniques. But now scientists from the German Leibniz Institute for ...

Plants & Animals May 26, 2021

Dive bombing killer flies are so fast they lose steering control

Killer flies can reach accelerations of over 3g when aerial diving to catch their prey—but at such high speeds they often miss because they can't correct their course.

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.

Plants & Animals May 25, 2021

Can you tell a marten from a fisher? The challenges of crowdsourced wildlife identification in Michigan

Most people can correctly identify photographs of common animals such as deer, raccoons, skunks and squirrels.

Plants & Animals May 24, 2021

Dental crowding: Ancient baleen whales had a mouth full

A strange phenomenon happens with modern blue whales, humpback whales and gray whales: they have teeth in the womb but are born toothless. Replacing the teeth is baleen, a series of plates composed of thin, hair- and fingernail-like ...

Ecology May 19, 2021

Monitoring species condemned to extinction may help save others as global temperatures rise

The White-tailed Swallow, Hirundo megaensis, and Ethiopian Bush-crow, Zavattariornis stresemanni, are living in 'climatic lifeboats' with their tiny ranges restricted on all sides by temperature and rainfall patterns. Even ...

Evolution May 18, 2021

New model for infectious disease could better predict future pandemics

In the midst of a devastating global pandemic of wildlife origin and with future spillovers imminent as humans continue to come into closer contact with wildlife, infectious-disease models that consider the full ecological ...

Ecology May 18, 2021

Intensive agriculture could drive loss of bees and other tropical pollinators

Pollinators in the tropics are less likely to thrive in intensive croplands, finds a new study led by UCL researchers suggesting bees and butterflies are at risk of major losses.

Plants & Animals May 14, 2021

New species of snake described with the help of a 185-year-old painting

A new snake species has been described from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The new species, now known as Joseph's racer, was first collected in the mid-19th Century, but the confusion around this snake goes back over two ...

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