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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...

Are vulnerable lions eating endangered zebras?

Are Laikipia's recovering lions turning to endangered Grevy's zebras (Equus grevyi) for their next meal? That's what a team of researchers led by WCS and...

Previously overlooked ‘coral ticks’ weaken degraded reefs

A previously overlooked predator-- a thumbnail-sized snail--could be increasing the pressure on coral reefs already weakened by the effects of overfishing, rising ocean temperatures,...

Insectivorous birds consume annually as much energy as the city of New York

The world's insectivorous birds consume annually 400 to 500 million tons of prey and thereby use as much energy as the megacity New York....

Large fenced reserves an effective way to bring wolves back

Research, led by the University of Sussex and the University of Kent, indicates that for wolves to be effective at directly reducing red deer...

The loss of a parent is the most common cause of brood failure in...

Single parent males generally do worse, probably because they are not able to keep their chicks warm. Their findings are published in the Journal of...

Nature can reduce pesticide use, environment impact

Farmers around the world are turning to nature to help them reduce pesticide use, environmental impact and, subsequently, and in some cases, increasing yields. Specifically,...

Largest Chinook salmon disappearing from West Coast

The largest and oldest Chinook salmon -- fish also known as "kings" and prized for their exceptional size -- have mostly disappeared along the...

Devoted frog fathers guard their eggs from predators

A study led by PhD candidate Mr K. S. Seshadri from the Department of Biological Sciences at the National University of Singapore's Faculty of...

Predator control can have unintended consequences

Introduced predators pose threats to biodiversity and are implicated in the extinction of many native species. A new Mammal Review analysis of published studies highlights unintended...

‘Hide or get eaten,’ urine chemicals tell mud crabs

Psssst, mud crabs, time to hide because blue crabs are coming to eat you! That's the warning the prey get from the predators' urine...

Tiny polyps save corals from predators and disease

In a new study published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society, the scientists show how tiny hydrozoans, polyps smaller than one millimeter and commonly...

Conflict between farmers and livestock predators

A new Journal of Wildlife Management study conducted in South Africa has found that black-backed jackals, a similar species to coyotes and dingoes, prefer to eat...

Birds enable insects to evolve bright colors

Many animals have evolved to stand out. Bright colors are easy to spot, but they warn predators off by signalling toxicity or foul taste. Yet...

The shrinking moose of Isle Royale

Researchers from Michigan Technological University know the smartest way to know a moose is by its brain. Specifically, skull measurements reveal information about body...