Entries in science (63)
All species become extinct, some believe the next mass extinction is happening now which may include Homo sapiens, but similarly life always recovers, so what will come after humans to become the dominant form of life on Earth?
Male Tungara frogs sing to attract mates, which is something that most animals do. But a study has shown that this won’t stop clever bats lurking in the trees, and goes on to underline the extreme complexity of the evolution of sexual signalling in general.
Unlike the Arctic tern or the cuckoo, bats are not known for their migrations across the sea. The Nathusius’ pipistrelle bat, however, may change all that, having flown from the UK to the Netherlands.
Palaeontologists in Canada have unearthed the almost complete skeleton of a baby dinosaur. The specimen is a Chasmosaurus Belli – a relative of the Triceratops family – an example of which has not been seen before.
It is not the first thing that springs to mind if your sensitive fleshy foot discovers a scorpions hiding place, but scientists have discovered that the venom is connected to defensin proteins which are used to fight off infections from virus’ and bacteria in plants and animals.