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Evolution & Behaviour

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Lab-life: the afternoon siesta of the fruit fly

"The early bird catches the worm" it's a simple enough idiom that we've all heard. But to a circadian biologist - a scientist studying 24 hour rhythms - that idiom leads to all manner of further questions: how does the bird know when to get... click to read more

  • Edward Green | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Marie Curie Intra European Fellowship, German Cancer Research Center, Germany
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 13, 2016
Chimpanzees Trust Their Friends

Human friendships are often characterized by preferential intentions and attitudes including trusting expectations of close social relations. Humans largely trust only their friends with crucial resources or important secrets. In this study, we investigated whether chimpanzees show a comparable pattern and extend trust selectively toward... click to read more

  • Jan Engelmann | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Apr 14, 2016
The lingering effects of parental care and its role in evolutionary change

For centuries, European culture has been enriched by depictions in art and literature of the diverse ways in which parents can exert a long-lasting influence on their children. We now know that animal parents can have similarly lingering effects on their offspring and a relatively... click to read more

  • Rebecca Kilner | Professor at Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK
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Reading time 4 min
published on Jan 27, 2016
How humans gave acne to the grapevine

Many organisms, ourselves included, host diverse communities of microorganisms that live on and within us. Plenty of these are bacteria and with time, some adapt to live and depend so intimately with their hosts that eventually, life without them is almost impossible. However, in some... click to read more

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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 28, 2015