Mammals News
January 28, 2020

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New research calls for action to minimize the risk of the platypus vanishing due to habitat destruction, dams ... 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
Nearly a decade after the nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan, researchers have found that wildlife populations are abundant in areas void of ... read more
Born pink, blind, and helpless, giant pandas typically weigh about 100 grams at birth -- the equivalent of a stick of butter. Their mothers are 900 times more massive than ... read more
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Newly Created Embryo Nourishes Hope for the Survival of the Northern White Rhino

In December 2019 the team of scientists and conservationists repeated the egg collection from the northern white rhinos in Kenya and was able to create a new embryo over ... read more

Newly Discovered Genetic Element Adjusts Coat Color in Dogs

Why are Irish Setters so red while other breeds can come in different hues? Geneticists now have an answer for why some dogs have more intense coat colors than ... read more

What Keeps Couples Together

In mammals, pair bonds are very rare, one of the few exceptions being red titi monkeys. Researchers have now investigated how pair relationships work in titi monkeys. Their results support the ... read more

Technique Allows Dolphin Pregnancy Exams to Mirror Those in Humans

In a groundbreaking study, scientists have developed a new ultrasound technique for evaluating dolphin fetuses at all stages of ... read more

A 'Pivotal' Moment for Understanding Whale Evolution

We could be getting closer to understanding how feeding behaviors in whales and dolphins have evolved over ... read more

Jaguars Could Prevent a Not-So-Great American Biotic Exchange

In eastern Panama, canid species from North and South America are occurring together for the first time. Urban and agricultural development and deforestation along the Mesoamerican Biological ... read more

Dogs and Wolves Are Both Good at Cooperating

A team of researchers have found that dogs and wolves are equally good at cooperating with partners to obtain a reward. When tested in same-species pairs, dogs and wolves proved equally successful ... read more

Over-Hunting Walruses Contributed to the Collapse of Norse Greenland, Study Suggests

Norse Greenlanders may have chased dwindling walrus herds ever farther north in an effort to maintain their economy, when the value of walrus ivory tanked after the introduction of elephant tusks ... read more

Climate Change and Deforestation Could Decimate Madagascar's Rainforest Habitat by 2070

A study has found that, left unchecked, the combined effects of deforestation and human-induced climate change could eliminate Madagascar's entire eastern rainforest habitat by 2070, impacting ... read more

Learning from the Bears

Grizzly bears spend many months in hibernation, but their muscles do not suffer from the lack of movement. Researchers report on how they manage to do this. The grizzly bears' strategy could ... read more

Climate Change Not the Only Threat to Vulnerable Species, Habitat Matters

Though climate change is becoming one of the greatest threats to the Earth's already stressed ecosystems, it may not be the most severe threat today for all species, say authors of a new report ... read more

Manta' Rays Impressive Ability to Heal

'Whoopi' the manta ray -- a regular visitor to Western Australia's Ningaloo Reef -- has helped University of Queensland and Murdoch University scientists study rays' impressive ... read more

Bacteria Spread by Ticks Affected by Humidity and Mutual Competition

No specific environment or temperature favorable to all of the most common pathogens borne by ticks was found in an international study, since different bacterial species thrive in different ... read more

Easy Prey: The Largest Bears in the World Use Small Streams to Fatten Up on Salmon

A new study reveals a different picture of how and when brown bears in southwestern Alaska eat salmon. Most of these bears, also known as grizzlies, are dipping into small streams to capture their ... read more

Domestic Animals Link Virus Spread Among Humans and Wildlife

New research has highlighted the role domesticated animals -- both pets and livestock -- play in the spread of viruses among humans and wildlife. The study has revealed the patterns of how viruses ... read more

Fossils of the Future to Mostly Consist of Humans, Domestic Animals

A paleontologist argues that the fossil record of mammals will provide a clear signal of the Anthropocene ... read more

'Like a Video Game With Health Points,' Energy Budgets Explain Evolutionary Body Size

Budgeting resources isn't just a problem for humans preparing a holiday dinner, or squirrels storing up nuts for the winter. A new model of how animals budget their energy sheds light on how ... read more

Consider Marine Life When Implementing Offshore Renewable Power

With countries adopting green energy practices, renewable energy now accounts for a third of the world's power. As this trend continues, more countries are looking to offshore energy sources to ... read more

Resident Orcas' Appetite Likely Reason for Decline of Big Chinook Salmon

Large, old Chinook salmon have mostly disappeared from the West Coast. A new study points to the recent rise of resident killer whales, and their insatiable appetite for large Chinook salmon, as the ... read more

Southern White Rhinos Are Threatened by Incest and Habitat Fragmentation

The fragmentation of natural habitats by fences and human settlements is threatening the survival of the white rhinoceros. It prevents dispersal from the family group and leads to mating among close ... read more

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