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Shark study reveals taste buds were key to evolution of teeth

The first creatures to evolve teeth didn't have jaws. Many scientists believe these ancient fish developed the first tooth-like structures on their skin that were similar to the "denticle" ...

Wed 18 Jan 17 from

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Male baboons found to engage in feticide

(—A team of researchers from several institutions in the U.S., some with ties to the Institute of Primate Research, National Museums of Kenya, has found that male baboons in the wild ...

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Herbaria prove valuable in demonstrating long-term changes in plant populations

A new study published today in Botany demonstrates how herbaria can be valuable resources for studying the impact over time of large herbivores on perennial plant populations.

Thu 19 Jan 17 from

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Data should smash the biological myth of promiscuous males and sexually coy females

That males are naturally promiscuous while females are coy and choosy is a widely held belief. Even many scientists – including some biologists, psychologists and anthropologists – tout this ...

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Antelope revived in Sahara years after going extinct in the wild

Scimitar-horned oryx were hunted to extinction in the 1990s, but are now returning to the wild, thanks to breeding in captivity and reintroduction efforts in Chad

Tue 17 Jan 17 from Newscientist

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Mysterious stranding kills 81 false killer whales off Southwest Florida

More than 80 false killer whales have been found dead after stranding themselves along the remote coast of Southwest Florida in Everglades National Park, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric ...

Tue 17 Jan 17 from

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Birds of a feather flock together to confuse potential predators

Scientists from the Universities of Bristol and Groningen, in The Netherlands, have created a computer game style experiment which sheds new light on the reasons why starlings flock in massive ...

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Pitching in: Biologists study development of division of labor among bees

Social bees are celebrated for their cooperative industry, but how did their innovative division of labor evolve? A starting point for examining this question may be study of their solitary ...

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Swamphens signal dominance through fleshy faces

What's in a face? In addition to their plumage, Pukeko—large purple swamphens found in New Zealand—convey information about their status through their faces. A new study from The Auk: Ornithological ...

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Moving up the food chain can beat being on top

When it comes to predators, the biggest mouths may not take the biggest bite. According to a new study from bioscientists at Rice University, some predators have their greatest ecological impacts ...

Tue 17 Jan 17 from

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