Researchers study how wolf predation shapes elk antler evolution

What happens when you mix a biologist who studies beetle horns with scientists who spend their time exploring predator-prey dynamics? You get a better...

New Zealand penguins travel thousands of kilometers to feed

Fiordland penguins, Eudyptes pachyrhynchus, known as Tawaki, migrate up to 2,500 km from their breeding site, according to a study publishing August 29 in the...

Color vision makes birds of prey successful hunters

In many cases it is the colour of the prey that helps predatory birds to detect, pursue and capture them. In a new study,...

Bird feared extinct rediscovered in the Bahamas

One of the rarest birds in the western hemisphere, the Bahama Nuthatch, has been rediscovered by research teams searching the island of Grand Bahama. The...

Evolution and the concrete jungle

New research conducted by evolutionary biologists worldwide paints cities as evolutionary "change agents", says a trio of biologists from the University of Toronto Mississauga...

Two new truffle species discovered in Florida pecan orchards

Two new species of truffles were recently discovered on the roots of pecan trees in Florida orchards. The good news is that you can...

Orphaned elephants have a tougher social life

Young female orphan elephants have a tougher social life than non-orphans, a new study suggests, adding to a growing body of evidence of how...

Pointy eggs more likely to stay put in birds’ cliffside nests

Natural selection - that merciless weeder-outer of biological designs that are out of step with the times - also is a wily shaper of...

Study of bird migration tricky due to hybridization

Hybridization, the inter-breeding of bird species, is a widespread phenomenon, which is best illustrated in Estonia by the lesser spotted eagle and the greater...

A common ancestral gene causes body segmentation in spiders and insects

Scientists have pinpointed a key gene that controls segmentation during spider development, which reveals a further similarity to the control of segmentation in insects,...

Study confirms truth behind ‘Darwin’s moth’

Scientists have revisited - and confirmed - one of the most famous textbook examples of evolution in action. They showed that differences in the survival...

Arctic seabird populations respond to climate change

Seabirds such as gulls can be key indicators of environmental change as their populations respond to shifts in their ocean habitat over time. A...

NASA satellites assist states in estimating abundance of key wildlife species

Climate and land-use change are shrinking natural wildlife habitats around the world. Yet despite their importance to rural economies and natural ecosystems, remarkably little...

A new earless pygmy toad discovered in Agola’s mountain

A new species of African pygmy toad was discovered during an expedition in 2016 to Angola's second highest peak, the Serra da Neve Inselberg. This...

Scientists are putting extinct mammals on the map

Researchers from Aarhus University and University of Gothenburg have produced the most comprehensive family tree and atlas of mammals to date, connecting all living...