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#zoology

Improving assessments of an endangered lion population in India

New monitoring results suggest current management practices perturb Asiatic lions' spatial density.

19 Feb 2020 PLOS ONE

Hidden away: An enigmatic mammalian brain area revealed in reptiles

Scientists find, in reptiles, a brain area previously suspected to play a role in mammalian higher cognitive processes, and establish its role in controlling brain dynamics in sleep.

12 Feb 2020 Nature

Primate venom sheds light on why so many people suffer cat allergies

Research into the toxin of the world’s only venomous primate, the slow loris, is shedding light on the potential origins of the allergic qualities of cats.

5 Feb 2020 Toxins

How and when spines changed in mammalian evolution

Harvard-led study shows what drives functional diversity in mammalian spines.

3 Feb 2020 Nature Ecology & Evolution

Humans not always to blame for genetic diversity loss in wildlife

ZSL-led study shows genetic differences in African lions likely caused by ecological rather than human factors.

28 Jan 2020 Animal Conservation

Female chimps with powerful moms are less likely to leave home

Benefits of mom's support can make it worthwhile to stay, despite the risks of inbreeding.

20 Jan 2020 Current Biology

What keeps couples together

She pampers him, he takes care of the offspring and drives away attackers.

15 Jan 2020 Royal Society Open Science

The birds and the bats: Evolving to fly may have had big effect on gut microbiome

Comparing microbiomes in 900 vertebrate species revealed that bats have guts more like birds than other mammals.

7 Jan 2020 mBio

Meerkat mobs do ‘war dance’ to protect territory

The researchers, who monitored hundreds of these intergroup encounters over 11 years, show that meetings between meerkat clans often turn aggressive and sometimes escalate to fighting and lethal violence.

18 Dec 2019 Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Koalas climb like apes but bound on the ground like marsupials

Spread across the globe, from Central and South America to Japan, non-human primates have a toehold that almost spans the tropics, but they never made it to Australia.

17 Dec 2019 Journal of Experimental Biology

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