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January 28, 2020

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Important clues about the anatomy and evolution of the mysterious giant squid (Architeuthis dux) are revealed through publication of its full ... read more
When it comes to playing a game of fetch, many dogs are naturals. But now, researchers report that the remarkable ability to interpret human social communicative cues that ... read more
A research group has just shown that tardigrades are very vulnerable to long-term high temperature exposures. The tiny ... read more
Nearly a decade after the nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan, researchers have found that wildlife populations are abundant in areas void of ... read more
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Rethinking Land Conservation to Protect Species That Will Need to Move With Climate Change

A new study finds that many species of animals and plants likely will need to migrate under climate change, and that conservation efforts will also need to shift to be ... read more

Sharp Increase in Ningaloo Whale Shark Injuries Might Be Due to Boat Encounters

Almost one-fifth of the whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) in Western Australia's Ningaloo Reef Marine Park show major scarring or fin amputations, with the number of injured animals increasing in ... read more

Jewel Beetles' Sparkle Helps Them Hide in Plain Sight

Bright colors are often considered an evolutionary tradeoff in the animal kingdom. Yes, a male peacock's colorful feathers may help it attract a mate, but they also make it more likely to be ... read more

Snake Stem Cells Used to Create Venom-Producing Organoids

Organoids have become an important tool for studying many disease processes and testing potential drugs. Now, they are being used in a surprising and unexpected way: for the production of snake ... read more

How Moon Jellyfish Get About

With their translucent bells, moon jellyfish (Aurelia aurita) move around the oceans in a very efficient way. Scientists have now used a mathematical model to investigate how these cnidarians manage ... read more

Coronavirus Outbreak in China Traced to Snakes

Emerging viral infections -- from bird flu to Ebola to Zika infections -- pose major threats to global public health, and understanding their origins can help investigators design defensive ... read more

Domesticated Wheat Has Complex Parentage

Certain types of domesticated wheat have complicated origins, with genetic contributions from wild and cultivated wheat populations on opposite sides of the Fertile ... read more

Even After Death, Animals Are Important in Ecosystems

Animal carcasses play an important role in biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Scientists have published these findings in PLOS ONE. Carcasses not only provide food for carrion-eating animals. ... read more

The Color of Your Clothing Can Impact Wildlife

Your choice of clothing could affect the behavioral habits of wildlife around you, according to a new ... read more

How Fruit Flies Flock Together in Orderly Clusters

Opposing desires to congregate and maintain some personal space drive fruit flies to form orderly clusters, according to a new ... read more

A Chronicle of Giant Straight-Tusked Elephants

About 800,000 years ago, the giant straight-tusked elephant Palaeoloxodon migrated out of Africa and became widespread across Europe and ... read more

Predators Are Most Likely to Be Lost When Habitats Are Converted for Human Use

A first of its kind, global study on the impacts of human land-use on different groups of animals has found that predators, especially small invertebrates like spiders and ladybirds, are the most ... read more

Life Aquatic for Many Spider Species

Researchers have found that nearly one fifth of all spider families are associated with saltwater or freshwater aquatic habitats. Their findings address the common misconception that all spiders ... read more

Parrots Collaborate With Invisible Partners

New study shows that peach-fronted conures have a surprisingly advanced talent for collaboration when it comes to finding food. This is important knowledge for biologists working with conservation of ... read more

Female Chimps With Powerful Moms Are Less Likely to Leave Home

In chimp society females leave the nest, while males stay with their parents. But some chimp females seem less willing to cut the apron strings. New findings suggest that while the risks of ... read more

Strongly 'Handed' Squirrels Less Good at Learning

Squirrels that strongly favor their left or right side are less good at learning, new research ... read more

Human Ancestors Started Biodiversity Decline Millions of Years Ago

The human-caused biodiversity decline started much earlier than researchers used to believe. According to a new study the process was not started by our own species but by some of our ... read more

It Takes More Than Two to Tango: Microbial Communities Influence Animal Sex and Reproduction

It is an awkward idea, but a couple's ability to have kids may partly depend on who else is present. The reproductive tracts of males and females contain whole communities of micro-organisms. ... read more

Microplastics Affect Sand Crabs' Mortality and Reproduction

Sand crabs, a key species in beach ecosystems, were found to have increased adult mortality and decreased reproductive success when exposed to plastic microfibers, according to a new ... read more

New Dog, Old Tricks? Stray Dogs Can Understand Human Cues

Pet dogs are highly receptive to commands from their owners. But is this due to their training or do dogs have an innate ability to understand human signals? A new study finds that 80% of untrained ... read more

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