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Zoology News
December 8, 2019

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With a lot of ingenuity and a little luck, researchers monitored the heart rate of a blue whale in the wild. The measurement suggests that blue whale hearts are operating at ... read more

Dung Beetle Discovery Revises Biologists' Understanding of How Nature Innovates

The discovery that thoracic horns in dung beetles emerge from the same gene network as wings could revise how biologists understand 'innovation' in ... read more

Watch out for 'Feather Duvet Lung' Caution Doctors

Watch out for 'feather duvet lung' doctors have warned after treating a middle aged man with severe lung inflammation that developed soon after he bought feather-filled ... read more
In ancient Egypt, sacred ibises were collected from their natural habitats to be ritually sacrificed, according to a ... read more
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Link Between Vitamin A and Brain Response in Monarch Butterflies

Biologists are making strides in understanding biological clock function in several model organisms and translating these studies into broader implications for human ... read more

Dial-a-Frog -- Researchers Develop the 'FrogPhone' to Remotely Call Frogs in the Wild

Researchers have developed the 'FrogPhone', a novel device which allows scientists to call up a frog survey site and monitor them in the wild. The FrogPhone is the world's first ... read more

Migratory Birds Shrinking as Climate Warms, New Analysis of Four-Decade Record Shows

North American migratory birds have been getting smaller over the past four decades, and their wings have gotten a bit longer. Both changes appear to be responses to a warming ... read more

Compound Eyes: The Visual Apparatus of Today's Horseshoe Crabs Goes Back 400 Million Years

The extinct sea scorpion species Jaekelopterus rhenaniae had eyes comparable to those of today's horseshoe crabs. The two-and-a-half-meter predator was particularly apt at perceiving contrasts ... read more

Most of America's National Parks Are Facing a Grave and Immediate Threat

More than half of America's national parks are facing a grave and immediate threat: the ongoing presence and spread of invasive animal species. The National Park Service has taken the first step ... read more

Through the Eyes of Animals

Humans are now closer to seeing through the eyes of animals, thanks to an innovative software ... read more

Female Fish Can Breed a New Species If They Aren't Choosy About Who Is Mr. Right

Female fish can breed a new species if they aren't choosy about who is Mr. Right. Fish will mate with a species outside their own if the male's coloring is attractive enough or if the ... read more

Whaling and Climate Change Led to 100 Years of Feast or Famine for Antarctic Penguins

New research reveals how penguins have dealt with more than a century of human impacts in Antarctica and why some species are winners or losers in this rapidly changing ... read more

Harbor Porpoise Calves Exposed to Neurotoxic PCBs in Mothers' Milk

Harbour porpoise calves around the UK are carrying a more neurotoxic cocktail of PCBs than their mothers, as females unknowingly detoxify themselves by transferring the chemicals while feeding their ... read more

Cats' Faces Hard to Read, Except for 'Cat Whisperers'

Women and those with veterinary experience were better at recognizing cats' expressions -- even those who reported no strong attachment to cats. The study involved more than 6,300 people from 85 ... read more

New Evolutionary Insights Into the Early Development of Songbirds

An international team has sequenced a chromosome in zebra finches called the germline-restricted chromosome (GRC). This chromosome is only found in germline cells, the cells that hold genetic ... read more

Sounds of the Past Give New Hope for Coral Reef Restoration

Young fish can be drawn to degraded coral reefs by loudspeakers playing the sounds of healthy reefs, according to new ... read more

Fighting Fruit Flies: Aggressive Behavior Influenced by Previous Interactions

Aggression doesn't just depend on who you are or who you're interacting with but also depends on your previous interactions, a new fruit fly study has ... read more

Animals Could Help Humans Monitor Oceans

Sharks, penguins, turtles and other seagoing species could help humans monitor the oceans by transmitting oceanographic information from electronic ... read more

Researchers Study Chickens, Ostriches, Penguins to Learn How Flight Feathers Evolved

If you took a careful look at the feathers on a chicken, you'd find many different forms within the same bird -- even within a single feather. The diversity of feather shapes and functions ... read more

Puffins Stay Cool Thanks to Their Large Beak

Tufted puffins regulate their body temperature thanks to their large bills, an evolutionary trait that might explain their capacity to fly for long periods in search for ... read more

Biodiversity and Wind Energy

The location and operation of wind energy plants are often in direct conflict with the legal protection of endangered species. The almost unanimous opinion of experts from local and central ... read more

Animal Embryos Evolved Before Animals

A new study has discovered that animal-like embryos evolved long before the first animals appear in the fossil ... read more

On Balance, Some Neonicotinoid Pesticides Could Benefit Some Bees

The story of neonicotinoids is growing more nuanced. Europe has banned outdoor use of three of these insecticides to protect bee populations. Two other neonicotinoids are still permitted, but little ... read more

Bad News for Nemo: Clownfish Can't Adapt to Rapid Environmental Changes

The beloved anemone fish popularized by the movies 'Finding Nemo' and 'Finding Dory' don't have the genetic capacity to adapt to rapid changes in their environment, according ... read more

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