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Evolution & Behaviour

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Beware of humans and glacial maximums – the story of cave bear extinction

The cave bear is one of the dozens of species of large Pleistocene mammals that faced extinction during the last Ice Age. Until today, the reasons for their extinctions remain mysterious, especially since the cave bear Ursus spelaeus populated vast areas of Eurasia for more... click to read more

  • Verena J. Schuenemann | Assistant Professor at Institute for Evolutionary Medicine, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Joscha Gretzinger | PhD student at Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, Germany
Views 125
Reading time 3 min
published on Mar 25, 2020
Viruses are spilling over from managed honey bees to wild bumble bees

If you are a concerned environmentalist, or even a food-lover (bees produce every three bites of food you eat), you might have considered becoming a beekeeper to help "save the bees". For most, "bees" conjure up an image of a striped yellow and black insect,... click to read more

  • Samantha A. Alger | Assistant Research Professor at Biology Department, University of Vermont, Marsh Life Sciences, Burlington, VT, USA
Views 229
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 13, 2020
Herring gulls approach food more quickly when you’re not looking

Across the globe, humans are affecting wildlife in myriad ways. The needs and desires of humans and wild animals are often at odds with each other, and the wild animals usually come off worse. However, in some places, wildlife is making the most of human... click to read more

  • Madeleine Goumas | Research Technician at Centre for Ecology and Conservation, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, UK
Views 385
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 25, 2020
The caterpillars who see through their skin to better blend in

If you think life is hard, try being an insect. In a world where everything is out to eat or kill you, merely staying alive is a challenging task. Therefore, it's no surprise that insects have evolved several different ways to avoid being eaten by... click to read more

  • Amy Eacock | Postdoctoral Research Assistant at Max Planck for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany
Views 346
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 20, 2020
Humans are affecting the evolution of animals and plants

Like in a theatre where actors interact to perform the script of a given play, species on Earth interact with each other in an ecological arena, interpreting millions of years of evolution. The famous ecologist G.E. Hutchinson made that analogy back in 1965, calling attention... click to read more

  • Carine Emer | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at São Paulo State University, São Paulo, Brazil
Views 590
Reading time 3 min
published on Feb 13, 2020