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Environmental scientists have developed a new, low-cost way to save rare animals and plants from poachers and plunderers – using maths. In a new...
Different brain regions must communicate with each other to control complex thoughts and behaviors, but relatively little is known about how these...
One of the hottest debates in evolutionary biology concerns the origin of behaviour: is it genetically encoded or do animals and birds copy their...
Mark Puttick and colleagues investigated the rates of evolution of the two key characteristics that preceded flight: body size and forelimb length....
Dogs really are our best friends. A study published today in Current Biology shows not only do dogs and humans read emotions in each other’s “voices...
Food-finding tests in five lemur species show that fruit-eaters may have better spatial memory than lemurs with a more varied diet. The results...
Asian elephants console others who are in distress, using physical touches and vocalizations, finds a study to be published in the open access...
Crabs—those sometimes pesky, hard-shelled beachcombers—are a highly diverse animal, with some 7,000 species found in oceans, lakes and on land,...
New research that revises the rules allowing scientists to decipher color in dinosaurs may also provide a tool for understanding the evolutionary...
Orang-utans come down from the trees and spend more time on the ground than previously realised—but this behaviour may be partly influenced by man, a...

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