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Chimpanzees prefer firm, stable beds

Chimpanzees may select a certain type of wood, Ugandan Ironwood, over other options for its firm, stable, and resilient properties to make their bed, according to a study published April 16, ...

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Study shows exception to rule of lifespan for fliers, burrowers and tree dwellers

( —A team of researchers working at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland has found that there are some notable exceptions to the rule that bigger animals live longer than smaller animals. ...

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Lemurs match scent of a friend to sound of her voice

Humans aren't alone in their ability to match a voice to a face—animals such as dogs, horses, crows and monkeys are able to recognize familiar individuals this way too, a growing body of research ...

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Cod may serenade females with rhythmic grunts

Male cod may 'sing' to females during mating, suggests a new study investigating the sounds cod and pollack produce during the spawning season.

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Study brings greater clarity to sex roles

Glossy magazines and TV reality shows often portray males as the gender that strays and females as the gender that's picky.

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Bizarre parasite may provide cuttlefish clues

( —University of Adelaide research into parasites of giant Australian cuttlefish, and other related species, has uncovered details of the parasites' astonishing life cycles, and shown ...

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The world's most evolutionary distinct birds

We're currently experiencing the worst spate of species die-offs since the loss of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Although extinction is a natural phenomenon, it occurs at a natural "background" ...

Tue 15 Apr 14 from ZME Science

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Genetically identical ants help unlock the secrets of larval fate

( —A young animal's genes are not the only genes that determine its fate. The genetic identity of its caretakers matters too. Researchers suspect the interaction between the two can ...

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Symbiosis and parasitism: The sorceress's apprentice

ANYONE who walks in the woods will be familiar with witches' brooms (pictured). Many trees sport these bushy tumours, which have a variety of causes. An important one is a group of bacteria ...

Thu 10 Apr 14 from The Economist

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Poor mimics can succeed as long as they mimic the right trait

There are both perfect and imperfect mimics in nature. An imperfect mimic might have a different body shape, size or colour pattern arrangement compared to the species it mimics.

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