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2009-05-14 14:50:07

A new study has revealed that mother birds can provide an early advantage to the chicks that they have sired with their non-social partner (known as extra-pair offspring).It has long been known that female birds commonly mate with males other than their social partner, producing broods of mixed paternity in which the interloper's "Ëœextra pair' offspring often outperform their half brothers and sisters. While the superiority of these extra-pair offspring has generally been...

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2009-05-01 09:16:58

When female birds mate with males other than their social partners and have broods of mixed paternity, the offspring sired by these "extra-pair" fathers may often get a head start in life, according to a new report published online on April 30th in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. The discovery adds fuel to the debate about why some female birds seek those extra mates in the first place. "A diverse range of explanations have been proposed to account for female participation in...

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2009-04-29 21:46:54

British comedian Ricky Gervais's Flanimals children's books are to be adapted as a 3-D animated feature film, Variety.com said. Gervais, the co-creator and star of the British comedy series The Office and Extras, is to be the executive producer of Flanimals and lend his voice to the lead character, an unlikely hero who sets out to change the world. Like the books, the movie will be about a species of creatures so ugly and misshapen they become cute and endearing, Variety.com said. It will...

2009-04-02 15:23:43

Since the days of Charles Darwin, researchers are interested in reconstructing the "Tree of Life", and in understanding the development of animal and plant species during their evolutionary history. In the case of vertebrates, this research has already come quite a long way. But there is still much debate about the relationships between the animal groups that made their apparation very early in evolutionary history, probably in the late Precambrian, some 650 million years ago. An...

2009-03-18 09:11:43

Somewhere out there in the ocean, SpongeBob SquarePants has a teeny-tiny cousin and a humongous uncle.That's just what one would expect from a new analysis of body sizes across all orders of animal life that was conducted by researchers at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent), in Durham, N.C. and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.Researchers Craig McClain and Alison Boyer created a giant database on body sizes across all orders of animal life and found that phyla...

2008-11-07 03:00:11

"The best thing about animals is that they don't talk much."- Thornton Wilder

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2008-10-10 09:23:06

The decline numbers of birds around the word is an indication that governments are at fault for failing to keep promises to reduce damage to nature by 2010, an international report announced on Thursday. Escalating human populations and the destruction of forests for farming and biofuels are destroying natural habitation. This research is from a study conducted by Birdlife International. Even ordinary birds, like doves or skylarks, are growing scarcer in a disturbing indication of the...

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2008-09-04 15:15:00

'Rosetta Stone' for understanding evolution Yale molecular and evolutionary biologists in collaboration with Department of Energy scientists produced the full genome sequence of Trichoplax, one of nature's most primitive multicellular organisms, providing a new insight into the evolution of all higher animals. The findings reported in the online edition of the journal Nature show that while Trichoplax has one of the smallest nuclear genomes found in a multi-cellular creature, it contains...

2008-08-26 21:00:22

A student zookeeper was killed and nearly swallowed by a Burmese python in the Caracas, Venezuela, zoo, officials said. Workers at the zoo beat the 10-foot snake as it was trying to swallow the head of Erick Arrieta until the reptile released the victim, El Universal reported Tuesday. Arrieta reportedly broke zoo rules over the weekend when he opened the snake's cage while working alone in the reptile section of the zoo.

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2008-08-26 17:55:00

BERKELEY "“ Resembling a smudge more than an animal, a mysterious life form known as a placozoan has now joined other obscure and primitive creatures whose genomes are providing insight into how animals first arose more than 650 million years ago.Called Trichoplax adhaerens, the creature's genome sequence, reported in the Aug. 21 issue of Nature, has surprised some scientists, who thought the organism was so rudimentary - possibly the simplest free-living animal known - that it had to...


Latest Animals Reference Libraries

Paralvinella sulfincola
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Paralvinella sulfincola is a species of worm in the Alvinellidae family. It lives among undersea hot-water vents, thriving in the hottest of waters, at temperatures that would kill most animals. This characteristic makes it an extremophile or hyperthermophile. Having the unique ability to withstand extremely hot water from hydrothermal openings enables this stalk-like worm to feed on bacteria that other animals cannot reach. It is difficult to know exactly what temperatures this species...

Giant Feather Duster Worm, Eudistylia polymorpha
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The Giant Feather Duster Worm (Eudistylia polymorpha) is a species of marine polychaete worm of the Sabellidae family. Its range extends along the western coast of North America, from Alaska to California. It is most commonly found in the intertidal zone in tide pools and in the neritic (coastal) zone at depths up to 1,375 feet. It is often found in groups along rocks, reefs, pilings, wharves and marinas. Its common name comes from the crown of tentacles extended when the animal is under...

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Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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