Diet

Humans disrupting 66-million-year-old feature of ecosystems

The U-shaped relationship between diet and size in modern land mammals could also stand for “universal,” says a new study, which has found that the …

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aquatic

A whale’s tale: The story hidden in their mouths

Scientists from UNSW Sydney have uncovered the secrets locked in the jawlines of humpback and southern right whales. Baleen plates — the signature bristle-like apparatus …

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cow

Genome of Steller’s sea cow decoded

During the Ice Age, giant mammals such as mammoths, sabre-toothed cats and woolly rhinoceroses once roamed Northern Europe and America. The cold oceans of the …

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Biodiversity

Lost birds and mammals spell doom for some plants

In one of the first studies of its kind, researchers have gauged how biodiversity loss of birds and mammals will impact plants’ chances of adapting …

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Cancer

Cancer risk across mammals: Carnivores are more prone to cancer

We tend to talk about cancer as a human disease. While it is true that cancer seriously affects our species, we can no longer disregard …

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eavesdrop

New phenomenon: Forest mammals eavesdrop on messy monkeys

Eavesdropping doesn’t just belong in the playbooks of police officers and spies. It is also a phenomenon that plays out among animals. Previous studies have …

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COVID-19

Machine learning IDs mammal species with the potential to spread SARS-CoV-2

Back and forth transmission of SARS-CoV-2 between people and other mammals increases the risk of new variants and threatens efforts to control COVID-19. A new …

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body size

A new approach to identify mammals good at learning sounds

Why are some animals good at learning sounds? Did this skill appear when animals started ‘faking’ their body size by lowering calls? In a new …

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brain

Striking difference between neurons of humans and other mammals

Neurons communicate with each other via electrical impulses, which are produced by ion channels that control the flow of ions such as potassium and sodium. …

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animals

Bat study reveals secrets of the social brain

Whether chatting with friends at a dinner party or managing a high-stakes meeting at work, communicating with others in a group requires a complex set …

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