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Shelling out for dinner: dolphins’ foraging technique spreads socially among peers

What have you learned from your friends or family? Many animals, including humans, learn behaviour from other individuals of the same species through a process called social learning. Offspring often rely on their parents to learn behaviour, as the parental generation is usually more experienced and... click to read more

  • Sonja Wild | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Max Planck Institute of Animal Behaviour, Radolfzell, Germany; Cluster for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany
Views 2230
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 16, 2021
Reading South American history in the native Brazilian genomes

The distribution of the present-day native Brazilian peoples considerably differs from the one found by Portuguese explorers in the 15th century. At the time, a third of the Brazilian native population (about 900,000) lived on the Atlantic coast and were part of complex societies. Most... click to read more

  • Marcos A. Castro-Silva | PhD Student at Departamento de Genética e Biologia Evolutiva, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Tábita Hünemeier | Assistant Professor at Departamento de Genética e Biologia Evolutiva, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Views 2810
Reading time 3 min
published on Feb 12, 2021
The oldest beer in central Europe? Take it with a pinch of… malt!

Beer making is based on the conversion of starch into alcohol by saccharification and fermentation. While ethanol fermentation is usually carried out by single-celled yeasts, saccharification is one of the few processes in food production that requires the processed organism to, well... process itself. When a... click to read more

  • Andreas G. Heiss | Senior Researcher at Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), Austrian Archaeological Institute (ÖAI), Wien, Austria
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Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 10, 2021
The mystery of an ancient reptile with a ridiculously long neck

The Middle Triassic period, between 247 and 237 million years ago, was the age just before the rise of the dinosaurs and a time of great evolutionary innovation. The largest mass extinction event of all time, known as 'The Great Dying', destroyed almost all species... click to read more

  • Stephan Spiekman | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Earth Sciences, Natural History Museum, London, UK
Views 2502
Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 8, 2021
It’s clear: the glass frog’s transparent belly has a special advantage

Imagine you are a small frog, only one or two centimeters long, sitting on a leaf high up in the canopy of Ecuador's tropical rainforest. This is one of the most biodiverse places in the world with thousands of species living around you, many of... click to read more

  • James B. Barnett | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster University 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4K1, Canada
Views 5507
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jan 20, 2021