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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
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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
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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
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Reading time 3 min
published on Feb 13, 2020
Tracing the Ancestral Roots of Neandertals

Before modern humans started migrating outside Africa, Eurasia was home to Neandertals, a group of humans that parted ways with the ancestors of modern humans half a million years ago. Neandertals lived in Europe for hundreds of thousands of years, from at least 430,000 years... click to read more

  • Stéphane Peyrégne | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Evolutionary Genetics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany
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Reading time 3 min
published on Feb 5, 2020
Microraptor and Indrasaurus: food for thought

Fossils are rare - fossils with traces of food even more so. However, only these can tell us something about an extinct species' diet. Knowledge of predator-prey relationships is necessary to better understand ancient ecosystems, like the 131-120 million-year-old Jehol Biota in northeastern China. Through... click to read more

  • Jingmai O’Connor | Professor at Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jan 31, 2020