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In Kenya, lion hunters become defenders

In the Maasai heartland of southern Kenya, some young men have swapped their ancestral role as lion-hunters to instead protect the big cats under a conservation scheme that also aims to help ...

17 hours ago from Phys.org

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Eat, escape, love: the price of looking sexy

In the animal kingdom colourful traits can be both a blessing and a curse. A new study from a group of researchers at Uppsala University has studied the conspicuous wing coloration of two species ...

Tue 27 Sep 16 from Phys.org

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Climate change likely to produce sexier male herbivorous amphipods

A common marine crustacean has shown researchers that it's all set to beat climate change – the males will get more attractive to the females, with a resulting population explosion.

Tue 27 Sep 16 from Phys.org

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A frog's vomit reveals a new species of ant

In northwest Ecuador, scientists have discovered a new species of ant— and they found it in the stomach contents of a frog.

Mon 26 Sep 16 from FOXNews

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Discovery may benefit farmers worldwide

University of Guelph plant scientists have shown for the first time how an ancient crop teams up with a beneficial microbe to protect against a devastating fungal infection, a discovery that ...

Mon 26 Sep 16 from Phys.org

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How natural selection acted on one penguin species over the past quarter century

Biologists of all stripes attest to evolution, but have debated its details since Darwin's day. Since changes arise and take hold slowly over many generations, it is daunting to track this process ...

Mon 26 Sep 16 from Phys.org

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How to get a lemur to notice you

Duke professor Brian Hare remembers his first flopped experiment. While an undergraduate at Emory in the late 1990s, he spent a week at the Duke Lemur Center waving bananas at lemurs. He was ...

Mon 26 Sep 16 from Phys.org

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Researchers reveal details about the unique feeding habits of whales

Whales are the biggest animals to ever have existed on Earth, and yet some subsist on creatures the size of a paper clip. It's a relatively common factoid, but, in truth, how they do this is ...

Thu 22 Sep 16 from Phys.org

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Five wild lionesses grow a mane and start acting like males

The unusual characteristics of a few lionesses in Botswana may be down to excess testosterone, making them male-like as well as apparently infertile

Fri 23 Sep 16 from Newscientist

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Team uses wasps to monitor exotic Joro spider

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers are reaching out to citizen scientists to find nests of the black and yellow mud dauber wasp (Sceliphron caementarium) ...

Fri 23 Sep 16 from Phys.org

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