Wild Biology Research
The calls of many animals, from whales to wolves, might contain more language-like structure than previously thought, according to study that raises new questions about the evolutionary origins of human language.
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|When a colony of honeybees grows to about 4,000 members, it triggers an important first stage in its reproductive cycle: the building of a special type of comb used for rearing male reproductive, called drones. A team of experts from the Department of Neurobiology and Behaviour at Cornell University, led by Michael Smith, studied what starts the reproductive cycle of honeybee colonies. The results are published in Springer's journal Naturwissenschaften - The Science of Nature. ...> Full Article|
An engineer at the University of Liverpool has found how worms move around, despite not having a brain to communicate with the body.
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|Male stickleback fish that protect their young have bigger brains than counterparts that don't care for offspring, finds a new University of British Columbia study. ...> Full Article|
|A new species of the Boophis rappiodes group is described from Madagascar. This green with bright red speckling treefrog is so far only known from the hidden streams of Ankarafa Forest in northwestern part of the island. The new species presents a high genetic divergence and different call but it is highly threatened by the continuing decline in the quality and extent of its habitat. The study was published in the open access journal ZooKeys. ...> Full Article|
|Rice University scientists have won a race to report the structure of the first virus known to naturally infect nematodes. ...> Full Article|
|A parasitic fungus that must kill its ant hosts outside their nest to reproduce and transmit their infection, manipulates its victims to die in the vicinity of the colony, ensuring a constant supply of potential new hosts, according to researchers at Penn State and colleagues at Brazil's Federal University of Vicosa. ...> Full Article|
|The small body size associated with the pygmy phenotype is probably a selective adaptation for rainforest hunter-gatherers, according to an international team of researchers, but all African pygmy phenotypes do not have the same genetic underpinning, suggesting a more recent adaptation than previously thought. ...> Full Article|
|A new hard coral species Pachyseris inattesa is described from the Saudi Arabian Red Sea. Although the Red Sea is famous as an important region of marine biodiversity it has remained deeply understudied and we are still to discover its innermost secrets. The study was published in the open-access journal ZooKeys. ...> Full Article|
|Magpies are not attracted to shiny objects and don't routinely steal small trinkets such as jewelry, according to a new study. ...> Full Article|
|The physical properties of the ultra-white scales on certain species of beetle could be used to make whiter paper, plastics and paints, while using far less material than is used in current manufacturing methods. ...> Full Article|
|Turtles are well known for their longevity and protective shells, but it turns out these reptiles use sound to stick together and care for young, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society and other organizations. ...> Full Article|
Hoopoe females use cosmetics on their eggs -- and the eggs gradually change color when they are incubated. This happens because secretion from the uropygial or preen gland -- a substance birds use to preen and protect their feathers -- is transferred from the female hoopoe's gland to her eggs directly with the bill and by means of belly feathers. These findings are published in Springer's journal Naturwissenschaften -- The Science of Nature.
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|New research on the predatory nature of red lionfish, the invasive species that is decimating native fish populations in parts of the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, seems to indicate that lionfish are not just a predator, but more like the 'terminator' of movie fame. In behavior that is called 'alarming,' it appears that in some cases lionfish will continue to hunt until the last fish of a local population is dead. ...> Full Article|
|Blue sharks may use the central North Atlantic as a nursery prior to males and females moving through the ocean basin in distinctly different patterns. ...> Full Article||