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Wolves Howl in Local Dialects

Canid species all over the world vocalize the same 21 ideas but have different regional ways of expressing them​.

April 26, 2016 — Benjamin Meyers and Jason G. Goldman

Wolves Have Local Howl Accents

Understanding the regional vocal patterns of various canid species sheds light on animal communication and could help ranchers broadcast "keep away" messages to protect livestock. 

April 5, 2016 — Jason G. Goldman

Fear of Spiders Makes Them Look Bigger

Arachnophobic study subjects estimated the size of spiders as bigger than did people who do not fear the eight-legged beasties. Jason Goldman reports.

March 9, 2016 — Jason G. Goldman

Sharks Head Straight Home by Smell

Sharks that could smell headed straight back home when taken a few miles away whereas some that had their senses of smell blocked took slower, more erratic paths to their old haunts.

January 21, 2016 — Jason G. Goldman

Baby Whales Pecked to Death by Gulls

Almost all southern right whale calves off the coast of Argentina’s Peninsula Valdez are being fed upon, some fatally, by kelp gulls, which was a rare occurrence four decades ago 

December 29, 2015 — Jason G. Goldman

Howler Monkeys Trade Testicles for Decibels

Among howler monkey species, loud calls come at the expense of testicle size and sperm production—or to put it another way, monkeys with the largest testes don't make as much noise

November 13, 2015 — Jason G. Goldman

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