Scientists have described the communications of chimpanzees and bonobos in new and unsurpassed detail, offering a lexicon for our closest living relatives and even a glimpse into the origins of human language. "We have the closest thing to human language that you can see in nature," said cognitive biologist Richard Byrne.
Research conducted by scientists in Australia, the US and Canada shows that kangaroos plant their tails on the ground in sequence prior to their hind legs, pushing them forwards. This gives the tail the role of a 'third leg', doing a similar job to a human leg – a far different role than proposed by the previous theory that the tail merely provides support and balance
Sometimes it takes the great Dustbuster of fate to clear the room of bullies and bad habits. Freak cyclones helped destroy Kublai Khan's brutal Mongolian empire, for example, while the Black Death of the 14th century capsized the medieval theocracy and gave the Renaissance a chance to shine. Among a troop of savanna baboons in Kenya, a terrible outbreak of tuberculosis 20 years ago selectively killed off the biggest, nastiest and most despotic males, setting the stage for a social and behavioral transformation unlike any seen in this notoriously truculent primate.
Researchers are closer to understanding patterns of family relatedness and genetic diversity in bumblebees. The findings could help farmers, land managers and policy makers develop more effective conservation schemes for these essential pollinators.
In apes and humans, the prefrontal cortex is the seat of higher-order cognition, allowing us to reason about the world around us. Insect brains are much simpler and lack anything resembling a prefrontal cortex, yet a new study finds that honeybees can learn to differentiate between objects based on their relation to one another, such as “same or different” and “above or below.
Mantis shrimp possess an amazingly keen visual system and are able to discern ultraviolet light, which humans aren’t capable of seeing. A new study conducted by Michael Bok at the University of Maryland indicates that mantis shrimp use amino acids that are normally found as a natural sunscreen in animal skin in order to see UV light.
According to biologist Culum Brown, an associate professor at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, and the author of a new study about fish sentience and intelligence, "the potential amount of cruelty" that humans inflict on fish "is mind-boggling." Many of us give little thought to the welfare of fish, but Dr. Brown's research added to what we already know about these animals and should dispel any outdated notions that fish are merely swimming entrees.
We here at Slate were talking about sharks not long ago and realized we had a lot of goofy questions. Shark conservation graduate student David Shiffman was kind enough to answer them. What do sharks do in a hurricane? Do they clear out of the path? Yup, they move to...
(Phys.org) —Thought to dwell mostly near the ocean's surface, Chilean devil rays (Mobula tarapacana) are most often seen gliding through shallow, warm waters. But a new study by scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and international colleagues reveals that these large and majestic ...
Tweet There’s something special about this video, and it’s not just the pride of lionesses who try to eat the camera mounted to an RC buggy. Yes, the lions are amazing, and it’s so cool to see them close up.