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Animals News -- ScienceDaily Updated Mon, 24 Sep 2018 18:09:22 EDT
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Birds' voiceboxes are odd ducks
Published: Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:45:09 EDT
Description: Birds' voiceboxes are in their chests instead of their throats like mammals and reptiles. Scientists aren't sure how or why birds evolved these unique voiceboxes, but a new study sheds some light on how they came about. Similarities in the windpipes of birds, crocodiles, cats, mice, and salamanders suggest that birds' weird voiceboxes might have arisen from a windpipe reinforcement. From this, scientists can learn about the sounds bird ancestors -- dinosaurs -- made.  more...
Common weed killer linked to bee deaths
Published: Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:45:06 EDT
Description: Honey bees exposed to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, lose some of the beneficial bacteria in their guts and are more susceptible to infection and death from harmful bacteria. Scientists believe this is evidence that glyphosate might be contributing to the decline of honey bees and native bees around the world.  more...
How fruits got their eye-catching colors
Published: Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:44:52 EDT
Description: New evidence supports the idea that plants owe their rainbow of fruit colors to the different animals that eat them. Researchers first had to get past the fact that most animals don't see colors quite the way humans do.  more...
Desert ants have an amazing odor memory
Published: Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:34:18 EDT
Description: Desert ants can quickly learn many different food odors and remember them for the rest of their lives. Their memory for nest odors seems to differ from their food odor memory: Whereas food odors are learned and kept after a single contact, ants need several trials to memorize nest odors and forget a nest-associated odor quickly after it has been removed from the nest. Hence, ants process food and nest odors differently in their brains.  more...
Know someone sick? Your own smell might give it away
Published: Mon, 24 Sep 2018 09:16:46 EDT
Description: Odors surround us, providing cues about many aspects of personal identity, including health status. Now, research extends the scope and significance of personal odors as a source of information about an individual's health. A new paper reports that the bodily odors of otherwise healthy animals sharing an environment with sick animals become like the odors of the sick animals.  more...
Light pollution makes fish more courageous
Published: Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:34:56 EDT
Description: Artificial light at night also makes guppies more courageous during the day, according to a new behavioral study.  more...
What's eating these endangered orchids?
Published: Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:10:33 EDT
Description: A species of seed-feeding fly is critically damaging the seed production of multiple orchid species, as revealed by a group of Japanese researchers. If the damage caused by this fly is occurring long-term and across Japan, these already-endangered orchid species could become unable to reproduce using seeds, and their dwindling numbers will take a large hit.  more...
Fat from 558 million years ago reveals earliest known animal
Published: Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:09:54 EDT
Description: Scientists have discovered molecules of fat in an ancient fossil to reveal the earliest confirmed animal in the geological record that lived on Earth 558 million years ago.  more...
What makes a mammal a mammal? Our spine, say scientists
Published: Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:09:49 EDT
Description: Mammals are unique in many ways. We're warm-blooded and agile in comparison with our reptilian relatives.  more...
Two fishes a day keep the mantid coming back to prey: The first fishing praying mantis
Published: Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:21:44 EDT
Description: For the first time, a praying mantis is recorded to fish. For five days in a row, an adult male was observed hunting and devouring a total of nine guppies from a pond located in a private roof garden in Karnataka, India. Apart from demonstrating such repetitive behavior, the event is remarkable in the fact that it occurred naturally, without external interference.  more...
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