Monday, January 25, 2021


Science stories about animal research, including wildlife conservation and endangered animals studies.

Curry For Sheep Can Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

(ENVIRONMENT) One study suggests that the spices in curry such as coriander and tumeric can reduce the amount of methane produced by bacteria in sheep's stomach. Researchers hope that the spices can work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cows and sheep in the future. — Global Animal

Scientist Saving Wombats From Being Roadkill

AUSTRALIA- A Canadian scientist has taken her skills to Australia where she is actively researching the increase in wombat deaths on the road and how roads and highways are fragmenting animal populations and putting them at risk.

Only Seven Genetic Differences Among All Dog Breeds

(DOG GENETICS) While the physical difference between a great dane and a chihuahua is apparent, the genetic makeup of all dog breeds is pretty much the same. In fact, there are only seven genetic variations that differentiate the thousands of dog breeds living today. — Global Animal

New ‘Grooming’ Honeybees May Save Species

(HONEYBEE SCIENCE) A new strain of honeybee has learned to groom other bees in the hive to keep varroa mites, the mites which kill entire colonies of honeybees, out of the nest. But will this 'groomer bee' be enough to help save the honeybees? — Global Animal

Dog Eats Drunk Man’s Toe, Saves His Life

MICHIGAN- Forget the nagging wife clichés – a gnawing dog may be good for your health. A drunk man who'd passed out woke to find his toe chewed off by his pet terrier. Good thing, because it led to a diabetes diagnosis.  This dog, like many others, seems to have the ability to detect illness.

Turtles Travel 2,000+ Miles For Best Place To Breed

AUSTRALIA– What turtles may lack in speed, they can certainly make up in distance, new satellite data shows. In a quest for the perfect nesting site, three small loggerhead turtles swam about 2,000 miles over five months in search of the best place to breed. That's patience and persistence!

Elephants Turn Up Trunks At Trees On Ant Turf

In a remarkable example of David and Goliath proportions, a recent study found that certain ants in Africa can keep any animal, including elephants, away for Acacia trees of their choosing.  For all their size, elephants walk a wide circle around trees where ants stake their claim. That's some serious bragging rights for an insect.

My Capuchin Monkey Is Smarter Than Your Kid

ITALY (ANIMAL INTELLIGENCE) – Researchers have found that capuchin monkeys have negotiating skills on par with 3-year-olds. Read how monkeys show their smarts in exchanging tokens for gifts.

Student Finds Giant Red-Feathered Penguin Fossil

PERU- A Peruvian student discovered a nearly 5-foot tall fossilized penguin with red feathers. 'Pedro,' who's about 36 million years old and nearly twice as big as Emperor penguins, may provide insight about today's smaller penguins.

Are Chimpanzees Righties or Lefties?

(WILDLIFE) Here's a fascinating finding about chimps – you're more likely to share being left or right-handed with a chimpanzee of your gender than your spouse. Read how a chimp's preference for one hand over the other represents another trait chimpanzees share with people, right down to the disparities between gender.

Bees Soar Above Computers At Math

(BEES/ANIMAL SCIENCE) Bees vs. Google maps, who will win? A bee, of course! Even though their brains are only the size of grass seeds, bees are able to find the fastest route possible between several flowers, much like a computer can calculate the quickest route to the airport, only bees do it faster. Read on to learn more on how bees are secretly mathematical geniuses. — Global Animal

‘Assassin Bug’ Uses Spider’s Own Talent Against It

(INSECTS) The aptly named 'assassin bug' actually tricks spiders into their own webs as a trap, then injects venom into the spider to kill it. A clever web of deceit, if you ask us. Read on to learn more about these clever insects' murderous maneuver. – Global Animal

‘Earth’s First Great Predator’ Not So Nasty After All

CANADA– Read how Canada's first apex predator, the anomalocaris canadensis, may not have had the bite that its fearsome looks imply.

Indian Amber Holds Perfectly Persevered Ancient Insects

INDIA - A huge deposit of amber has been found in India. Encased in this amber are insects from 50 million years ago; insects that survived the dinosaurs, and predate mammals. Could this discovery lead to a 'Jurassic Park' incident?