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

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online 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, according to new research appearing in the March 3 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In the study, researchers from the Aarhus University Department of Bioscience and Natural History Museum Aarhus reviewed decades of...

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

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online 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 While that way of navigation is a little outdated for humans, it´s still a modern technology for dung beetles. Scientists wrote in the journal Current Biology about how dung beetles guide their way through even the darkest of nights by the soft glow of the Milky Way in the sky. Researchers say...

Beetles Keep Their Cool With Dung
2012-10-23 04:41:15

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The next time the thermostat hits the triple digits outside, instead of paying a high electric bill for the month, take a page out of the dung beetle's playbook and try cooling off with some fresh feces instead. Researchers have discovered that dung beetles use their dung balls to keep themselves cool as they push a weight of up to 50 times heavier than their own bodies across the hot sand. "Like an air conditioning unit, the moist...

2012-03-06 10:21:38

Many livestock producers are unaware that herd management practices influence the effectiveness of dung beetles 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. Numerous exotic dung beetles have been accidentally or intentionally introduced to the North American continent and several of these have become established. In "Indigenous...

Dung Beetles Dance To Provide Crucial Navigation Cues
2012-01-19 13:41:58

The dung beetle dance, performed as the beetle moves away from the dung pile with his precious dung ball, is a mechanism to maintain the desired straight-line departure from the pile, according to a study published in the Jan. 18 issue of the online journal PLoS ONE. The purpose of this dance, in which the beetle climbs to the top of the ball and rotates, had previously been unknown, so the authors of the PLoS ONE study, led by Emily Baird of Lund University in Sweden, investigated the...

2009-07-16 08:39:17

A new study of 30 million year old fossil 'mega-dung' from extinct giant South American mammals reveals evidence of complex ecological interactions and theft of dung-beetles' food stores by other animals.The dung-beetle has fallen on hard times. Once worshiped by the Ancient Egyptians its status has now slipped to that of unsung and forgotten hero, the butt of scatological jokes. Yet the dung-beetle is truly heroic. It is a well known 'fact' that were it not for the dung-beetle the world...

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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. A Peruvian scarab type species has been recorded fighting and devouring millipedes 10 times its size. The species D. valgum is done with dung. In its place, the nocturnal critter prefers to chop the heads off their prey with its "teeth" and then consume their guts.  This is an uncommon occurrence of a scavenger evolving into a carnivore, say US scientists.  Dung beetles are normally...

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 evolutionary...

2008-09-01 08:32:35

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 evolutionary...


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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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