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October 24, 2020

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DNA in Fringe-Lipped Bat Feces Reveals Unexpected Eating Habits

By examining the guano of the fringe-lipped bat (Trachops cirrhosus), biologists encountered surprising results about its eating habits and foraging ...

These Two Bird-Sized Dinosaurs Evolved the Ability to Glide, but Weren't Great at It

Despite having bat-like wings, two small dinosaurs, Yi and Ambopteryx, struggled to fly, only managing to glide clumsily between the trees where they ...

Social Life as a Driving Factor of Birds' Generosity

Taking a look at generosity within the crow family reveals parallels with human evolution. Working together to raise offspring and increased tolerance towards group members contribute to the ...

Lily the Barn Owl Reveals How Birds Fly in Gusty Winds

Scientists have discovered how birds are able to fly in gusty conditions - findings that could inform the development of bio-inspired small-scale ...
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Endangered Vaquita Remain Genetically Healthy Even in Low Numbers

The critically endangered vaquita has survived in low numbers in its native Gulf of California for hundreds of thousands of years, a new genetic analysis has found. The study found little sign of ...

Cognitive Elements of Language Have Existed for 40 Million Years

Humans are not the only beings that can identify rules in complex language-like constructions -- monkeys and great apes can do so, too, a new study has shown. Researcher used a series of experiments ...

World's Greatest Mass Extinction Triggered Switch to Warm-Bloodedness

Mammals and birds today are warm-blooded, and this is often taken as the reason for their great ...

Supergene Discovery Leads to New Knowledge of Fire Ants

A unique study conducted by entomologists led to the discovery of a distinctive supergene in fire ant colonies that determines whether young queen ants will leave their birth colony to start their ...

Monkey Study Suggests That They, Like Humans, May Have 'Self-Domesticated'

Scientists determined that changing an infant monkey's verbal development also changed a physical marker of domesticity: a patch of white fur on its forehead. This is the first study linking the ...

Bats Save Energy by Reducing Energetically Costly Immune Functions During Annual Migration

A team of scientists led by the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz-IZW) investigated whether and how the immune response changes between pre-migration and migration seasons in ...

Beak Bone Reveals Pterosaur Like No Other

A new species of small pterosaur - similar in size to a turkey - has been discovered, which is unlike any other pterosaur seen before due to its long slender toothless ...

Ivory Coast Without Ivory? Elephant Populations Are Declining Rapidly in Côte d'Ivoire

Recent years have witnessed a widespread and catastrophic decline in the number of forest elephants in protected areas in Côte d'Ivoire, according to a new ...

Seeing Evolution Happening Before Your Eyes

Researchers have established an automated pipeline to create mutations in genomic enhancers that let them watch evolution unfold before their eyes. Their findings on fruit flies may also be relevant ...

Swine Coronavirus Replicates in Human Cells

A strain of coronavirus that has devastated the pork industry has the potential to infect humans as well, according to new ...

On the Trail of Novel Infectious Agents in Wildlife

A research team investigated the causes of severe respiratory disease in peccaries and taxonomically characterized a novel Streptococcus species (Streptococcus catagoni sp. nov.) based on its ...

Sea Star's Ability to Clone Itself May Empower This Mystery Globetrotter

The identity of wild cloning sea star larvae has been a mystery since they were first documented in the Caribbean. The most commonly collected cloning species was thought to belong to the ...

Carnivores Living Near People Feast on Human Food, Threatening Ecosystems

Ecologists have found that carnivores living near people can get more than half of their diets from human food sources, a major lifestyle disruption that could put North America's ...

Mosquitoes' Taste for Blood Traced to Four Types of Neurons

The female mosquito has an amazing ability to detect blood using her syringe-like 'tongue.' Now scientists have identified the neurons that give her blood-seeking ...

Oldest Monkey Fossils Outside of Africa Found

Three fossils found in a lignite mine in southeastern Yunan Province, China, are about 6.4 million years old, indicate monkeys existed in Asia at the same time as apes, and are probably the ancestors ...

New Species of Aquatic Mice Discovered, Cousins of One of the World's Rarest Mammals

Scientists have discovered two new species of 'stilt mice,' semi-aquatic African rodents with extra-long feet that they stand up on like a kangaroo. The mice wade in streams and dip their ...

Study Finds Fungal Disease of Snakes in 19 States, Puerto Rico

Researchers surveyed for an infection caused by an emerging fungal pathogen that afflicts snakes. The research effort found infected snakes in 19 states and Puerto Rico, demonstrating that the fungus ...

Crabs Are Key to Ecology and Economy in Oman

The intertidal mudflats of Barr Al Hikman, a nature reserve at the south-east coast of the Sultanate Oman, are crucial nursery grounds for numerous crab species. In return, crabs are a vital element ...

Dietary Migration of Impala Rivals the Geographical Migration of Serengeti Wildebeest

A new study shows the Impala's migration is a 'dietary migration', where they switch from eating mostly grass in the wet season, to eating more tree leaves or 'browse' during ...

The banyan fig tree Ficus microcarpa is famous for its aerial roots, which sprout from branches and eventually reach the soil. The tree also has a unique relationship with a wasp that has coevolved ...

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