Ethology

A British enthusiasm for feeding birds may have caused UK great tits to have evolved longer beaks than their European counterparts, according to new research.
by University of East Anglia
2:35pm
10.20.2017
Dogs produce more facial expressions when humans are looking at them, according to new research. Dogs don't respond with more facial expressions upon seeing...
by University of Portsmouth
9:52am
10.20.2017
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Jealousy: it’s perhaps one of the most common emotions to feel in a relationship, but one that’s virtually untouched when it comes to studying relationships in...
by UC Davis
9:28am
10.20.2017
Much has been written about the Monarch butterflies and the bees, with populations of each taking precipitous plummets in the 21st century. But those are just...
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10:02am
10.19.2017
A pigment-based survival trait in modern sea turtles evolved at least 54 million years ago, according to an international team of researchers. The team...
9:57am
10.19.2017
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We’ve all heard Darwin’s theory described as favoring the fittest, but new research from Michigan State University shows that, at least in small populations,...
by Michigan State University
2:36pm
10.18.2017
Recent research has found that several common flower species have nanoscale ridges on the surface of their petals that meddle with light when viewed from...
by University of Cambridge
1:54pm
10.18.2017
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Conservationists can be "cautiously optimistic" about the prospect of sustainable subsistence hunting by Amazonian communities, according to new research.
by University of East Anglia
1:00pm
10.17.2017
Whales and dolphins (Cetaceans) live in tightly-knit social groups, have complex relationships, talk to each other and even have regional dialects - much like...
by University of Manchester
2:54pm
10.16.2017
Almost the entire cohort of chicks from an Adelie penguin colony in the eastern Antarctic was wiped out by starvation last summer in what scientists say is...
by Associated Press
2:13pm
10.16.2017
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New research suggests that the last common ancestor of apes--including great apes and humans--was much smaller than previously thought, about the size of a...
by American Museum of Natural History
2:21pm
10.12.2017
The Bacillus anthracis (anthrax) bacteria may have killed more than 100 hippos this past week in Namibia, according to the country’s environmental minister....
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1:54pm
10.11.2017
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A new study identified for the first time an extensive conserved group of bacteria within healthy humpback whales' blow--the moist breath that whales spray out...
by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
9:03am
10.11.2017
Mass extinctions were followed by periods of low diversity in which certain new species dominated wide regions of the supercontinent Pangaea, reports a new...
by University of Birmingham
1:49pm
10.10.2017
An international team of scientists have completed the "atlas of life" - the first global review and map of every vertebrate on Earth.
by University of Oxford
2:32pm
10.9.2017
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Now, researchers reporting a study of familiar pet store parakeets--also known as budgies--have new evidence to explain how the birds produce their...
by Cell Press
2:41pm
10.6.2017
The movements of great white sharks in the Pacific and Indian oceans have long been the subject of academic study, but new research is just starting to shed...
by Philip Marcelo, Associated Press
8:49am
10.6.2017
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When researchers collected honey samples from around the world, they found that three-quarters of them had a common type of pesticide suspected of playing a...
by Seth Borenstein, Associated Press
3:02pm
10.5.2017
A bite from a pit viper can cause permanent disability and even death. Yet, much about its venom remains an enigma. Highly variable in composition, even...
by Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
10:18am
10.4.2017
There was some news to celebrate on Sept. 28 among scientists who work at the Cayo Santiago Field Station. Cayo Santiago is a 38-acre tropical island off the...
by Alexandra Rosati, Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan
2:21pm
10.3.2017
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For the first time, researchers are able to prove that there is an optimal speed for certain insects when they fly. At this speed, they are the most efficient...
by Lund University
2:08pm
10.2.2017
Given how proud we are of our big brains, it’s ironic that we haven’t yet figured out why we have them. One idea is that the evolution of large brains is...
by Washington University in St. Louis
9:15am
10.2.2017
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Scientists have been using an ancient Greek fable written by Aesop as inspiration to test whether birds and small children understand cause and effect...
by Springer
12:38pm
9.29.2017
A 9.0 magnitude earthquake rocked Japan on March 11, 2011, causing a massive tsunami that rose 125 feet over the country’s coast on the same day. Six years...
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11:29am
9.29.2017
Bedbugs have rebounded worldwide over the last few decades. Developed countries had beaten back the infestations through the post-World War II use of DDT, but...
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10:00am
9.29.2017
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For some dog owners, a leisurely walk can turn stressful the moment their canine companion sees another pup walking by. Dogs with what is known as "leash...
by University of Arizona
2:41pm
9.27.2017
The Darwin's frog (Rhinoderma darwinii) is the latest amphibian species to face extinction due to the global chytridiomycosis pandemic, according to an...
by University of Zurich
2:15pm
9.27.2017
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Mammalogist Tyrone Lavery heard rumors of a giant, possum-like rat that lived in trees and cracked open coconuts with its teeth on his first trip to the...
by Field Museum
9:45am
9.27.2017
Researchers demonstrated in embryonic frogs that the brain plays an essential role in muscle and nerve development long before movement and other behaviors...
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1:23pm
9.26.2017
A team of scientists has sequenced, for the first time, a tiny worm that belongs to a group of exclusively asexual species that originated approximately 18...
by New York University
2:13pm
9.25.2017
Scientists studied how guppies behaved in various situations, and found complex differences between individuals. The researchers tested whether differences...
by University of Exeter
9:44am
9.25.2017
Scientists found more populations of the large turtles improving than declining when they looked at nearly 60 regions across the globe. That’s a big change...
by Seth Borenstein, Associated Press
1:44pm
9.22.2017
Human activities could change the pace of evolution, similar to what occurred 66 million years ago when a giant asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs, leaving...
by Cornell University
9:37am
9.22.2017
Jellyfish snooze just like the rest of us. Like humans, mice, fish and flies, the upside-down jellyfish Cassiopea exhibits the telltale signs of sleep,...
by Howard Hughes Medical Institute
9:30am
9.22.2017
In an effort to settle the debate about the origin of dog domestication, a technique that uses 3-D scans of fossils is helping researchers determine the...
by Cornell University
2:19pm
9.21.2017
Even Charles Darwin, the author of “The Origin of Species,” had a problem with species. Categorizing species can get especially hazy at small, microbial scales...
by Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
2:09pm
9.21.2017
Millions of animals fly, swim or walk around the Earth every year. To ensure that they reach their destination, they need to perceive precise changes in...
by Max Planck Society
9:16am
9.20.2017
Animals in the Goldilocks zone—neither too big, nor too small, but just the right size—face a lower risk of extinction than do those on both ends of the scale...
by Oregon State University
9:24am
9.19.2017
The tendency of dogs to seek contact with their owners is associated with genetic variations in sensitivity for the hormone oxytocin, according to a new study.
by Linköping University
2:04pm
9.18.2017
A new study has discovered the way the spiders apply glue to silk threads, not the amount, makes the attachment to an object stronger.
by Macquarie University
9:41am
9.15.2017
Domestic dogs may have lost some of their innate animal skill when they came in from the wild, according to new research. In a study comparing wolves and dogs...
by University of Portsmouth
9:37am
9.15.2017
The shock from a young electric eel feels like accidentally touching a horse fence. A big one is more like getting tasered — by nine of those devices at once.
by Vanderbilt University
2:59pm
9.14.2017
Two birds that look the same, but have songs so different they can't recognize each other, should be considered distinct species, suggests new research.
by University of British Columbia
1:25pm
9.13.2017
Researchers have discovered that elephants move more at night in areas that suffer high levels of poaching, turning to feeding and traveling instead of...
by University of Twente
9:12am
9.13.2017
The dramatic, dinosaur-to-bird transition that occurred in reptiles millions of years ago was accompanied by profound changes in the skull roof of those...
by Yale University
9:25am
9.12.2017
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