Latest Hibernation Stories
Over the last seven years, a deadly fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome has spread throughout bat populations in North America, and the disease has left several species at risk of extinction.
Science fiction has long used the idea of placing astronauts in a state of suspended animation, and yet, as fantastic as that idea sounds – it could increase the efficiency of a mission significantly by eliminating large amounts of food, water, clothing, and exercise equipment.
Increasingly, scientific findings indicate that an organism's diet affects more than just general health and body condition.
Edible dormice store considerable amounts of fat in summer. Their fat reserves are necessary for them to survive a long hibernation – on average 8 months – in underground cavities.
By studying hibernating lemurs - distant relatives of humans - researchers at Duke University say they are gaining new insights into the purpose of sleep.
Scientists have discovered that two little-known lemurs spend months hibernating as part of an adaptive survival strategy, tripling the total number of primates known to hibernate.
For a species of Rocky Mountain ground squirrel, climate change is causing a late wake-up call from hibernation and the effect is deadly.
Dr. Claudia Bieber from the Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology (FIWI) of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, and fellow scientists analysed a capture-recapture data set on common dormice (Muscardinus avellanarius) to investigate the life-history strategy of this species.
The European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus), also known as the common hedgehog, can be found in western and northern Europe. Its range extends from the Iberian Peninsula and the British Isles to the central and western areas of Europe. Its southern range includes Fennoscandia and its northern range stretches from the Baltic to north-west Russia. This species has been introduced onto many European islands and possibly New Zealand. It prefers a habitat within meadows, grasslands, and woodland...
- A morbid dread of being buried alive. Also spelled 'taphiphobia'.