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