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Becoming promiscuous to ensure reproduction

Females of a socially monogamous passerine, the Japanese great tit (Parus minor), become more promiscuous after hatchings fail in the first breeding attempt --...

For one tropical tree, effective seed dispersal relies especially on elephants

Deer, bears, gibbons, but especially elephants, play an important role in seed dispersal for a large-fruited tree in the forests of Thailand, according to...

How plants help offspring by passing on seasonal clues

New research carried out by the John Innes Centre has delved into the genetic memory systems through which plants pass seasonal information down to...

Remote camera network tracks Antarctic species at low cost

An international research team has developed a simple method for using a network of autonomous time-lapse cameras to track the breeding and population dynamics...

Repeat spawning comes with tradeoffs for trout

Steelhead trout that spawn multiple times have more than twice the lifetime reproductive success of single spawning trout, suggesting there is a substantial benefit...

Lizards, mice, bats are important pollinators too

Bees are not the only animals that carry pollen from flower to flower. Species with backbones, among them bats, birds, mice, and even lizards,...

Large-group living boosts magpie intelligence

Growing up in a large social group makes Australian magpies more intelligent, new research shows. Using four tasks to test intelligence, scientists from the University...

Captive breeding in zoos challenged by diet

A recently published study in the journal Pachyderm highlights the ongoing effort of accredited zoos to address challenges and improve the sustainability of endangered species populations...

Ensuring the survival of elephants in Laos: A matter of economics

Asian elephant populations in Laos, which are under a process of commodification, have dropped by half in the last 30 years. According to researchers...

The sea turtle that refused to be beaten by the storm

When Eleanor the sea turtle was caught in a tropical storm off the coast of Florida, she coped surprisingly well. In fact, she hardly...