It’s curious that we know relatively little about dogs’ cognitive abilities when we know so much about the abilities of other animals, from primates to cetaceans, say experts. Credit: © BillionPhotos.com / Fotolia Dogs are one of the most common household pets in the world, so it’s curious that we know relatively little about their

The Javan rhino is a dusky grey color and has a single horn of up to about 10 inches. Their skin has a number of loose folds giving the appearance of armor plating. Credit: World Wildlife Fund – Indonesia The world’s only population of Javan rhinoceros, already under severe threat from poaching, could go extinct

This is a picture of African Lion taken in Kenya. Credit: Dr Chris Sandom. The seven big cats that went extinct towards the end of the last Ice Age, including several sabre-toothed cats, are those which lost the greatest proportion of their prey, according to an international team of scientists who believe the African Lion

Asian elephant demonstrates body awareness. Credit: Josh Plotnik/Rachel Dale. Asian elephants are able to recognise their bodies as obstacles to success in problem-solving, further strengthening evidence of their intelligence and self-awareness, according to a new study from the University of Cambridge. Self-awareness in both animals and young children is usually tested using the ‘mirror self-recognition

Male anemonefish are the primary caregivers in the nest. A new study examines how hormones influence their commitment to fathering. Credit: Photo by L. Brian Stauffer Like the father in “Finding Nemo,” anemonefish dads will do almost anything to support their offspring. Their parenting instincts are so strong that if you give a bachelor anemonefish

Two male cuttlefish, spurting ink, fight over a female. Credit: Justine Allen and Derya Akkaynak It sounds like Shakespearean drama: A male fights to protect his mate after a rival steals her away, using all his cunning and strength to win her back. Yet this encounter played out not on the stage, but in the

Mongoose pups may conceal their identity to avoid attack by adults they are not closely related to. Credit: © Nazzu / Fotolia Young mongooses may conceal their identity — even from their own parents — to survive. Killing of pups is common in mongoose social groups, and researchers from the University of Exeter believe offspring

Nilgiri flycatcher (stock photo). Researchers found the estimated range for the Nilgiri flycatcher is actually 65 percent smaller than IUCN determined and thus suggest uplisting the threat level from ‘Near Threatened’ to ‘Vulnerable.’ Credit: © Atanu Mondal / Fotolia A new study indicates that the number of plant and animal species at risk of extinction

Camellia sinensis shrub. Credit: LiZhi Gao Lab The most popular varieties of tea — including black tea, green tea, Oolong tea, white tea, and chai — all come from the leaves of the evergreen shrub Camellia sinensis, otherwise known as the tea tree. Despite tea’s immense cultural and economic significance, relatively little is known about

This Vouivria herd are roaming the coast of what is now Europe. Millions of years ago Europe was a chain of islands and, being a herbivore, Vouivria damparisensis would have grazed on the vegetation in its local vicinity. Credit: Imperial College London/ Chase Stone Scientists have re-examined an overlooked museum fossil and discovered that it

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