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July 12, 2020

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Fishing for a Theory of Emergent Behavior

Researchers quantified the collective action of small schools of fish using information theory. They found that groups of three act very differently compared with groups of just two. This work may ...

Extraordinary Regeneration of Neurons in Zebrafish

Biologists have discovered a uniquely rapid form of regeneration in injured neurons and their function in the central nervous system of zebrafish. They studies the Mauthner cells, which are solely ...
A groundbreaking study is the first to analyze the relationship between group behaviors, group type, group dynamics, and kinship of beluga whales in 10 locations across the ...

Study Reveals Scale of Habitat Loss for Endangered Birds

A new study warns that the last remaining habitat for several endangered bird species in Europe could reduce by up to 50 per cent in the next century as farmers convert land to more profitable crops ...
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Born to Be a Cannibal: Genes for Feeding Behavior in Mandarin Fish Identified

Some mandarin fish species (Sinipercidae) are pure fish-eaters, which feed exclusively on living juvenile fish - also of their own species. A research team has described the genome of four mandarin ...

Skull of Two Million Year-Old Giant Dormouse Reconstructed

A researcher has digitally pieced together fossilized fragments from five giant dormouse skulls to reconstruct the first known complete skull of the species, which was roughly the size of a ...

Evolutionary Biologists Find Several Fish Adapt in the Same Way to Toxic Water

Several species of fish have adapted to harsh environments using the same mechanism, which brings to question evolutionary chance, according to a new ...

Animals Who Try to Sound 'Bigger' Are Good at Learning Sounds

Some animals fake their body size by sounding 'bigger' than they actually are. Researchers studied 164 different mammals and found that animals who lower their voice to sound bigger are ...

Lefties and Righties: Asymmetry in Fish Genitalia

Evolutionary biologists resolve a century-old question regarding the asymmetric genitals of internally fertilizing fishes of the family Anablepidae. Surprisingly, the direction of genital asymmetry ...

Famous 'Jurassic Park' Dinosaur Is Less Lizard, More Bird

From movies to museum exhibits, the dinosaur Dilophosaurus is no stranger to pop culture. Many probably remember it best from the movie 'Jurassic Park,' where it's depicted as a ...

Making a List of All Creatures, Great and Small

A new article outlines a roadmap for creating, for the first time, an agreed list of all the world's species, from mammals and birds to plants, fungi and ...

Microplastic Pollution Harms Lobster Larvae, study Finds

Microplastic fiber pollution in the ocean impacts larval lobsters at each stage of their development, according to new research. A study reports that the fibers affect the animals' feeding and ...

Dinosaurs and pterosaurs may be known for their remarkable size, but a newly described species that lived around 237 million years ago suggests that they originated from extremely small ancestors. ...

Why It's No Last Orders for the Tequila Bat

Scientists studying the 'near threatened' tequila bat, best known for its role in pollinating the Blue Agave plant from which the drink of the same name is made from, have analyzed its DNA ...

The Sixth Sense of Animals: An Early Warning System for Earthquakes?

Continuously observing animals with motion sensors could improve earthquake ...

First Evidence of Snake-Like Venom Glands Found in Amphibians

Caecilians are limbless amphibians that can be easily mistaken for snakes. Though caecilians are only distantly related to their reptilian cousins, researchers describe specialized glands found along ...

Does DNA in the Water Tell Us How Many Fish Are There?

Researchers have developed a new non-invasive method to count individual fish by measuring the concentration of environmental DNA in the water, which could be applied for quantitative monitoring of ...

Rising Water Temperatures Could Endanger the Mating of Many Fish Species

In a new meta-study, experts have published ground-breaking findings on the effects of climate change for fish stock around the ...

Grassroots Dog Vaccinations Can Help Stop Rabies, but Not Alone

While scientists are trying to find a vaccine for COVID-19, the rabies virus continues to kill 59,000 people every year. But unlike COVID, a vaccine has existed for more than a century. Vaccinating ...

Twenty-Year Study Tracks a Sparrow Song That Went 'Viral

With the help of citizen scientists, researchers have tracked how one rare sparrow song went ''viral'' across Canada, traveling over 3,000 kilometers between 2000 and 2019 and ...

Study Confirms Ultra Music Festival Likely Stressful to Fish

A new study found that the Ultra Music Festival was likely stressful to ...

Influence of Insect and Microalgae Feeds on Meat Quality

Worldwide there is growing demand for animal products for human nutrition, despite the popularity of plant-based diets. This means more feed is needed for animals. Future feedstuffs will need to be ...

Different Tracks, Same Dinosaurs: Researchers Dig Deeper Into Dinosaur Movements

Using X-ray-based technology, researchers uncover shared subsurface movement patterns between birds and dinosaurs, adding a new dimension of fossil track ...

Alarming Long-Term Effects of Insecticides Weaken Ant Colonies

Scientists have shown how even low doses of neonicotinoid insecticides, as they may realistically occur in contaminated soils, adversely affect the development of black garden ants (Lasius niger). ...

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