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Cockatoos can learn
2014-09-03 02:45:52

University of Oxford News Office Goffin's cockatoos can learn how to make and use wooden tools from each other, a new study has found. The discovery, made by scientists from Oxford University, the University of Vienna, and the Max Planck Institute at Seewiesen, is thought to be the first controlled experimental evidence for the social transmission of tool use in any bird species. Goffin's cockatoo (Cacatua goffini) is a curious species of Indonesian parrot not known to use tools in...

2014-09-02 23:03:43

Geese are some of the most difficult pest birds to deal with. Bird-X explains why successful goose control programs begin in September. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) September 02, 2014 The Canada goose is one of the most common North American pest birds, known for stubbornly returning to the same areas year after year. Populations of year-round resident geese have been exploding in recent years, while migratory birds add to their numbers seasonally. In the United States, September marks the return...

2014-09-02 23:03:40

Throughout September and October the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) celebrates senior dogs with their Old Dogs Rule educational and fundraising campaign. Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) September 02, 2014 Your best friend is a little slower on her walks, but she still loves to play. She sleeps more and her joints ache a bit, but she is as happy as she was the day you first met. She has become a little grey in the face, but she never complains. She is a member of an elite crowd and you wouldn’t...

Flapping Baby Birds Provide Clues To Origin Of Flight
2014-09-02 03:34:43

By Robert Sanders, University of California, Berkeley How did the earliest birds take wing? Did they fall from trees and learn to flap their forelimbs to avoid crashing? Or did they run along the ground and pump their “arms” to get aloft? The answer is buried 150 million years in the past, but a new University of California, Berkeley, study provides a new piece of evidence – birds have an innate ability to maneuver in midair, a talent that could have helped their ancestors learn...

How Did Wild Rabbits Become Tame Rabbits?
2014-09-02 03:40:15

Uppsala University The genetic changes that transformed wild animals into domesticated forms have long been a mystery. An international team of scientists has now made a breakthrough by showing that many genes controlling the development of the brain and the nervous system were particularly important for rabbit domestication. The study is published today in Science and gives answers to many genetic questions. The domestication of animals and plants, a prerequisite for the development...

2014-09-01 23:03:11

The clinic explains why it’s important to take cats to the vet. Oakdale, MN (PRWEB) September 01, 2014 In honor of National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, which took place on Aug. 22, Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota (AERC) is offering a few reasons why pet owners should make veterinarian visits a priority for their cats. Many people don’t take their cat to the vet because “there’s nothing wrong” or “it’s too much of a hassle,” but they wouldn’t decide...

wolf yawn contangion
2014-09-01 03:30:40

Kayla Graham, PLOS Social bonds may increase yawning contagion between wolves Wolves may be susceptible to yawn contagion, according to a study published August 27, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Teresa Romero from The University of Tokyo, Japan, and colleagues. Researchers suggest that contagious yawning may be linked to human capacity for empathy, but little evidence apart from studies on primates, exists that links contagious yawning to empathy in other animals....

Thylacares brandonensis
2014-09-01 02:00:59

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München LMU biologists have assigned a number of 435-million-year-old fossils to a new genus of predatory arthropods. These animals lived in shallow marine habitats and were far less eye-catching than related forms found in Jurassic strata. Before they sank to the bottom of their shallow marine habitat and were fossilized some 435 million years ago, these arthropods preyed on other denizens of the Silurian seas – although they were not exactly...

2014-08-31 23:04:53

Cougardating.singles has recently enhanced their dating review website with the addition “Cougar News”, a new feature that will help users stay abreast with the latest cougar news from all parts of the world. (PRWEB) August 31, 2014 Noted review platform for the best cougar dating sites cougardating.singles is now better and smarter with the addition of yet another excellent feature. Visitors to this popular website will now have unrestricted access to all latest news relating to...

2014-08-30 23:05:00

Music Accelerator hosts New York’s Mad Satta and Los Angeles’ Wages for a 2-week immersive recording & music-business strategy program. Oakland, CA (PRWEB) August 30, 2014 Zoo Labs is excited to announce its September 2014 Zoo Labs Music Residency (ZLMR), an innovative 2-week program that immerses creative teams in a state-of-the-art recording studio and workshop environment. Selected through a competitive application process, New York-based Mad Satta and Los Angeles’ Wages...


Latest Zoology Reference Libraries

2014-10-16 10:41:37

The Jacob sheep, also known as the piebald sheep, is a breed of domestic sheep that developed without large amounts of human intervention, making it an heirloom or unimproved breed. Its exact origin is unknown, but it is known to have descended from some type of Old World sheep. Piebald or spotted sheep have been documented throughout history in many areas including the Mediterranean and the Far East. One account of this breed, possibly the oldest, includes the story of the Biblical figure...

Lacaune
2014-10-14 11:06:32

The Lacaune is a breed of domestic sheep that originated from the Lacaune region near southern France, from which it was named. Although it is now used for milk production, it once only produced 18.4 gallons during the human milking period each year. The French government established a strict selective breeding program that included rigorous breeding and meticulous record keeping, as well as increased knowledge about the care of the breed and cooperation of farmers across the area. This...

Karakul
2014-10-14 10:22:10

The Karakul, also known as the Qaraqul, is a breed of domestic sheep that was developed in Central Asia and is thought to have been raised in that area since 1400 BC. Because it has been raised in the desert regions of Central Asia, it is extremely hardy and can survive in arid conditions with little water by storing fat in its tail. This breed is raised in the deserts of Namibia and was introduced into that area by German scientists during the early twentieth century. The Karakul often...

Hog Island Sheep
2014-10-14 10:12:48

The Hog Island sheep is a breed of feral sheep that resides on Hog Island in Virginia. The breed descended from domestic sheep that were brought to the island during the 1700’s. Most likely the sheep used to develop the hog island sheep were modern English sheep, but Merino sheep could have been present on the island. It became feral between the 1930’s and 1940’s after a storm forced the evacuation of the island, leaving some sheep behind to live free of human intervention. During the...

Herdwick
2014-10-10 08:58:14

The Herdwick is a breed of domestic sheep that is native to North West England and was named from the Old Norse term herdvyck, which means sheep pasture. Its origin is unknown, but it is thought that the ancestors of this breed were brought to the area by Norse settlers between the tenth and eleventh centuries. Another theory suggests that its ancestors were introduced to the area after a Spanish Armada crashed. Despite its unknown origin, this breed has been important to the Lake District...

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abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.