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

Woolly mammoth range dynamics are discovered

This mammoth sees the winter arrive but many of his species will have died out, after the warmer summers following the last Ice Age drove them north; woolly image; Credit: © Shutterstock How to imagine the Pleistocene? It was a period when drops in sea-level of up to 100m created land bridges and many Ice Read More

Dolphin innovation and culture uses their social abilities

Juvenile female learnt this sponging from her mother!; Credit: © Ewa Krzyszczyk Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) hunt with sponges by extracting prey organisms on the sea bed. Human cultural behaviour also involves activity like this, with “homophily” or copying behaviour is evident. If a child sees his parent using a tool it frequently follows that Read More

Earthquake damage report for 2011 published by CATDAT

Destruction caused by the M6.3 earthquake on February 22, 2011 in Christchurch, New Zealand via Shutterstock Armand Vervaeck regularly quotes tectonic news on www.earthquake‐, but with James Daniell, he has now released an annual report on the cost and damage caused by earthquakes and volcanoes in 2011. It was to date the most damaging year Read More

Rare northern white-cheeked crested gibbons discovered in Vietnam

Image: Northern white-cheeked crested gibbon (Nomascus leucogenys), Vietnam. Adult female grooming male. Image Credit: © Terry Whittaker Across the hoots, rustles and chirrups sounding through Vietnam’s remote Pu Mat National Park, a dawn chorus can be heard. For the scientists working there, recording the evocative early morning sounds of the forest, this is no ordinary Read More

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