Month: November 2018

Monkeys’ and apes’ cultural learning

Your ads will be inserted here byEasy Plugin for AdSense.Please go to the plugin admin page toPaste your ad code OR Suppress this ad slot. With a stone and a nut the bearded capuchin can easily demonstrate his tool-using ability, or his bad temper. Capuchin image; Credit: © Shutterstock When we use a tool, the Read More

Oil palm ecology suits some.

Your ads will be inserted here byEasy Plugin for AdSense.Please go to the plugin admin page toPaste your ad code OR Suppress this ad slot. Found in Borneo, the large stork-billed kingfisher, Pelargopsis capensis, needs to be rehabilitated to its novel habitat of oil palm plantations if at all possible. Many others will be unable Read More

Cultures can exist beyond the (naked) apes.

Your ads will be inserted here byEasy Plugin for AdSense.Please go to the plugin admin page toPaste your ad code OR Suppress this ad slot. In the Gambia, family life imparts culture naturally, while 15 French baboons may well be ready for their Baccalaureate; Papio image; Credit: © Shutterstock The evolution of culture among intelligent Read More

Horse Sense

Looking a little inbred, this herd of Przewalki’s horse are the ideal-more than a simple breed-an actual subspecies that has remained wild (and stubborn) since their speciation; Przewalski herd image; Credit: © Shutterstock The Yukon horse and the Nevada horse represented the last traces of a North American phenomenon that has perplexed us for generations-the Read More

We’re mad about Madagascar.

The tomato frog, Dyscophus antongilii, is a near-threatened endemic from Antongili Bay in Madagascar’s north east. The species’ situation is yet another example of gross negligence and lack of understanding, as pet-traders profited from the export of vast numbers from the island. Beautiful and endangered, like all of the unique wildlife of this “great natural Read More

Interesting albatross personalities

Albatross and chick image; Credit: © Shutterstock The albatross is perhaps one of the iconic birds, with its traditional mythology among ancient and modern sailors of different views! The personality of the bird is likely to be well-developed, given the great life-span, the niche as a top marine predator and its tremendous journeying across expanses Read More

Ocean acidification threat to coral reproduction

New research puts the entire life cycle of coral reefs at risk from acidification of the oceans. This is the first study to look at the impact of acidifying oceans on the reproductive cycle of corals, though its disastrous effects on the ability of marine creatures to build their calcium carbonate skeletons and shells is Read More

Roller nestlings respond to fear and predation threats by vomiting

The beautiful Eurasian Roller is “near-threatened” in western Europe, but increasing its numbers in newly forested areas in eastern Europe. It sits on isolated trees and takes off to capture large insect prey; Credit: Shutterstock The hormonal adrenalin response is well known to humans. The Eurasian roller, or blue roller (Coracias garrulus) has a much Read More

Horses look back

Przewalski horse via Shutterstock Przewalski’s horse represents the only physical link to ancestral horses, but after the dog, the boar and many ovines and bovines came the horse. We domesticated horses last. Perhaps we couldn’t catch them earlier! Science has advanced now to the extent that we can look back in history through the mitochondrial Read More

Nations ‘need to work together’ to save wildlife

Countries will have to improve their co-operation if they are to protect endangered wildlife in an age of climate change, according to an international study. A team of scientists have come up with a conservation index designed to help policy-makers to deal with the effects of climate change on birds in Africa, the theory of Read More