Scientists have witnessed bonobo apes adopting infants who were born outside of their social group for the first time in the wild. Researchers, including psychologists at Durham University, UK, twice saw the unusual occurrence...
A side view of a 3-D model of Tiktaalik in a murky waterway in the Devonian, 385 million years ago, looking out above the water line through eyes set on top of the skull, and breathing through spiracles located...
Svalbard reindeer in the Arctic wilderness. Copyright: Erik Ropstad Often portrayed as pulling Santa’s sleigh, reindeer are a Christmas staple. Now, ecologists have found that reindeer are shrinking due to the impact of climate change on their food supplies. Speaking at...
A novel insect-inspired flying robot, developed by TU Delft researchers from the Micro Air Vehicle Laboratory (MAVLab), is presented in Science (14 September 2018). Experiments with this first autonomous, free-flying and agile flapping-wing robot -- carried out in collaboration...
A new study of fossilized lampreys dating from more than 300 million years ago is challenging a long-held theory about the evolutionary origin of vertebrates (all animals with a backbone). The findings are published March 10 in...
The Barred Grass Snake (Natrix helvetica), newly recognized as a separate species, occurs in England, France, the Benelux countries, Switzerland, Italy and Western Germany. Credit: Wolfgang Böhme Together with an international team, Senckenberg scientists identified a new species of snake in...
The arrival of medium and large antelope in Africa coincides directly with the evolution of thorn trees in the African savanna.Credit: Gareth Hempson Millions of years ago, Africa's savannas were covered with thick, ancient forests, which disappeared and turned into...
Conichnus burrows are trace fossils: the surface bumps represent vertical tubes that were originally occupied by anemone-like animals that may have fed on Ediacaran larvae.Credit: Simon Darrroch, Vanderbilt University Newly discovered fossil evidence from Namibia strengthens the proposition that the...
The team used ORNL's Titan supercomputer to compare the genomes of Kalanchoë fedtschenkoi (back row) and Phalaenopsis equestris, or orchid (front row), as well as Ananas comosus, or pineapple. Credit: Jason Richards/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, US Deptartment of Energy Scientists at...
Wolves and dogs are sensitive to inequity. Credit: Robert Bayer Not only dogs but also wolves react to inequity -- similar to humans or primates. This has been confirmed in a new study by comparative psychologists of the Messerli Research Institute...
Researchers examined a fossilized embryo of the dinosaur Hypacrosaurus.Credit: Courtesy of Darla Zelinitsky A human typically gives birth after nine months. An ostrich hatchling emerges from its egg after 42 days. But how long did it take for a baby...