UV radiation may explain why plants and animals closer to the equator come in darker varieties
Spotted nutcrackers take perishability into account when storing food for later
Australian stingless bees stage strikingly rare interspecies battles
South African poachers continue to use sophisticated methods to dehorn—and kill—rhinos while rangers are severely hampered in combatting the practice
Distress calls of infant mammals are strikingly similar
Mom and dad can give some migrating birds mixed signals about how to get home
Animals aren’t as vigilant for predators when they know humans are around
If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve no doubt noticed that things have been a little quiet around here. While this blog isn’t dead, per se, it’s on an extended hibernation...
Evidence suggests that humans are not the only animals that can think about thinking
Conservation may be important for human health
How to count seabirds on islands using sound
It’s the first documentation of insects incorporating plastic trash into nests
A fallow buck judges a rival's call to tell whether he can be trounced in a mating contest
Earlier this week I sat down with my friend Cara Santa Maria to chat on her excellent podcast, Talk Nerdy. The conversation was wide-ranging: we talked about the discovery of a new group of insects in which the females have what many are calling a “penis-like structure” (but which the researchers have labeled a gynosome), [...]..
People overwhelmingly believe that having pets is overall a good thing for children. Indeed, a 2003 paper by developmental psychologist Gail F.
March was a busy month! Here’s everything I wrote last month. Here on The Thoughtful Animal: Oil Pollution is Making Gulf Dolphins Sick Studying Contagious Yawning Might Help Us Build Better Societies The Turtle with Human Eyes When Animals Act Like People in Stories, Kids Can't Learn At Conservation Magazine’s Conservation This Week blog: Move [...]..
In October, two oarfish mysteriously washed up dead on beaches in Southern California. It’s unusual to find one intact oarfish carcass, so the fact that there were two within days of each other had scientists scratching their heads...
"Yum, these grass and plants are delicious!" Mother cavy thinks as she eats her breakfast. "I will feed some to my baby cavies too!" she says.
Some species adapt well to no-till fields
At first glance, most eyes look the same. There’s a small opening through which light passes. That light goes through the transparent liquid behind the lens and strikes the retina, a thin film of light-sensitive nerve cells that line the back of the eye...