Monday , December 11 2017

Biology

Gorillas Can Learn to Clean Their Food without Observing Others

Gorillas can spontaneously clean their food before eating it, without first watching another animal to learn from them, an international team of researchers has found. Published in the journal PLoS ONE, the findings challenge the interpretation of recently published data that suggested that gorillas acquire food cleaning primarily by learning …

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The Art and Science of Ernst Haeckel: A Compendium of Colorfully Rendered 19th-Century Biological Illustrations

A new book from Taschen titled The Art and Science of Ernst Haeckel outlines the 19th-century artist-biologist’s most important visual works and publications across a hefty 704 pages. The compendium includes 450 drawings, watercolors, and sketches from his research, which was in large support of Darwin’s theory of evolution. Most notably …

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Study: Dogs Lick Their Mouths as Response to Angry Faces

An international team of scientists from Brazil and the United Kingdom has analyzed mouth-licking behavior of domestic dogs, and found that this behavior is not simply a response to food or uncertainty, but appears to be used as a signal to try to communicate with humans in response to visual …

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Meet Mariana Snailfish, World’s Deepest-Dwelling Fish

In the frigid darkness of the Mariana Trench swims the world’s deepest-living fish — the Mariana snailfish (Pseudoliparis swirei). The Mariana snailfish (Pseudoliparis swirei). Image credit: Mackenzie Gerringer, University of Washington. Snailfish are found at many different depths in marine waters around the world. In deep water, they cluster together …

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Earth enjoys a surge of ocean sanctuaries

Earth is on the brink of a transformation. Its oceans are still mainly wild, without the obvious human footprint often seen on land, however they’re also increasingly pestered by human-induced risks such as climate change, overfishing and plastic. Yet in spite of our inertia on lots of terrestrial issues like …

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