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Last Interglacial temperate landscape
2014-03-04 05:28:14

Analysis of fossilized dung beetles has revealed that prehistoric temperate ecosystems were comprised not just of dense forest, but a mosaic of closed forest and wood-pasture vegetation.

Beer Goggles Work Both Ways
2013-09-13 08:31:48

Researchers say beer goggles work both ways; not only does a person who’s had a few drinks find other people more attractive, they also find themselves more attractive.

Emissions Of Greenhouse Gases From Cow Manure Modified By Beetles
2013-08-22 09:26:00

Cattle contribute to global warming by burping and farting large amounts of greenhouse gases.

Dung Beetles Use Milky Way For Nocturnal Navigation
2013-01-24 14:35:18

Back before technology emerged into everyone's pockets, sailors used the stars as their GPS system when navigating the seven seas. While that way of navigation is a little outdated for humans, it’s still a modern technology for dung beetles.

2012-05-29 10:02:49

New research from Lund University in Sweden reveals the value of carrying two layers of wings around.

2012-03-06 10:21:38

Dung beetles are important to healthy cattle pasture ecosystems as they provide for nutrient recycling, removal of waste products from the soil surface and assist in the reduction of pestiferous flies.

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2011-06-09 08:37:21

The last glacial maximum, which occurred 21,000 years ago, effects the current distribution of European scarab dung beetles; according to CSIC research, these results could help understanding the consequences of current climate change.

2010-03-24 13:45:00

Following months of gruelling tests and trials, scientists now reveal the World's strongest insect to be a species of dung beetle called Onthophagus taurus.

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2009-01-21 09:40:00

The dung beetle is emerging from the bottom of the food chain led by a brand new and scary species.

2008-09-02 16:58:09

The evolutionary tradeoff between becoming a bigger fighter or lover could lead to new species among dung beetle populations. Male beetles may not transform in the blink of an eye, but natural selection seems to have driven rapid evolution in the size of their fighting horns - and their reproductive tools - during a time period of just 50 years in one newly studied case. "As horns get bigger, copulatory organs get smaller, or vice versa," said Armin Moczek, an...


Latest Dung beetle Reference Libraries

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2009-04-28 16:22:53

The South American Scarab Dung Beetle (Oxysternon conspicillatum) is a species of dung beetle of the superfamily Scarabaeoidea. Most Scarab beetles are known as true dung beetles as they feed mainly on feces. Dung beetles live in many different habitats, including desert, farmland, forest, and grasslands. They do not like extremely cold or dry weather. This beetle species is trimorphic (able to produce up to three different types of males). Each male has different forms of body weaponry...

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