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2014-07-03 10:10:08

PLOS Analysis of deer hair from Tyrolean Iceman's clothing sheds light on red deer lineage Genetic analysis of Neolithic deer hair from Italian Alps mummy's clothes ties deer population to modern day western European lineage, in contrast to the eastern lineage found in the Italian alps today, according to a study published July 2, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Cristina Olivieri from University of Camerino, Italy and colleagues. Found in the Italian Alps in 1991,...

2014-07-03 10:08:00

PLOS New species of spider wasp may use chemical signals from dead ants to protect nest A new species of spider wasp, the 'Bone-house Wasp,' may use chemical cues from dead ants as a nest protection strategy, according to a recent study published July 2, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Michael Staab from University of Freiburg, Germany, and his colleagues from China and Germany. Wasps use a wide variety of nest protection strategies, including digging holes or occupying...

Early Humans May Have Evolved Bigger Brains Eating Insects
2014-07-03 07:31:38

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study, led by Washington University in St. Louis, suggests that seasonal diet changes may have played a role in the development of bigger brains and higher-level cognitive functions in human ancestors and other primates. The findings, published in the Journal of Human Evolution, show that figuring out how to survive on a lean-season diet of hard-to-reach ants, slugs and other bugs might have been the catalyst for early tool use....

tibetans and denisovans
2014-07-03 05:17:45

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A gene acquired from an extinct cousin of modern humans is responsible for helping Tibetans adapt to high altitudes, according to new research published online by the weekly science journal Nature on Wednesday. Scientists from the University of California, Berkeley and Chinese genomics organization BGI-Shenzen found that Tibetans acquired the ability when their ancestors mated with Denisovans or individuals related to the...

2014-07-03 04:20:56

CINCINNATI, July 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- 88.6% Accurate Identification of Estrus Dairymaster [http://www.dairymaster.com ], the hi-tech dairy farming equipment manufacturer, is the world leader in estrus detection [http://www.dairymaster.com/heat-detection ] in cows. A piece of research undertaken at Kansas State University and published this week in the Journal of Dairy Science specifically stated that scanning by ultrasonography confirmed that...

2014-07-02 23:00:31

Park Cities Pet Sitter’s Beginning Level Group Dog Training Class is ideal for puppies, recently adopted dogs, and dogs that need socialization practice. Dallas, TX (PRWEB) July 02, 2014 Park Cities Pet Sitter is offering a 5-week Beginning Level Group Dog Training class starting Monday, July 4th at 6:30pm at Cole Park in Dallas. Cole Park is an outdoor multi-use park located at 4000 Cole Avenue. The classes will run for five consecutive weeks, with a maximum of eight dogs allowed in...

2014-07-02 15:06:55

University of Bristol New research has found that a sheep's experiences soon after birth can shape its later behaviour and also that of its offspring. The study led by academics from the University of Bristol's School of Veterinary Sciences and published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters investigated whether early-life experiences can alter behavioural responses to a naturally painful event in adulthood – giving birth – and also affect behaviour of the next generation....

DNA Analyses Of Hair Samples Reveal No Evidence Of Bigfoot, Yeti
2014-07-02 14:44:47

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While the legend of Bigfoot is quite popular, popular enough for its own reality television show, a team of international scientists has tested 30 archival hair samples linked to the legendary beast and concluded that none of them can be attributed to any such creature. "Don't give up yet, the yeti may still be out there," study author Bryan Sykes recently told The Guardian. In a study published in The Proceedings of the Royal...

2014-07-02 11:07:23

Society for Experimental Biology How do ants manage to move so nimbly whilst coordinating three pairs of legs and a behind that weighs up to 60% of their body mass? German scientists have recently developed a device that may reveal the answer. Measuring the forces generated by single limbs is vital to understanding the energetics of animal locomotion. However, with very small animals such as insects, this becomes problematic. Dr Reinhardt (Friedrich-Schiller University) used an elastic...

2014-07-01 23:13:07

Royal Flush Havanese debunks the myth that shaving a dog's coat helps to keep him or her cooler in the summer. Charlestown, RI (PRWEB) July 01, 2014 Now that the summer weather has arrived in full force, the intense heat drives many dog owners to book their pooch an appointment at the grooming salon. One of the biggest misconceptions about long haired and double-coated dogs is that they can easily overheat with their longer coats intact through the summer months. Due to this...


Latest Zoology Reference Libraries

Mulefoot
2014-08-28 08:52:56

The mulefoot is a breed of domestic pig that originated in Spain, although its exact origins are unknown. It is likely that the breed descended from hogs that were brought to the Gulf Coast of Spain and although pigs with non-cloven hooves have been known since the time of Aristotle, this is the only one to be considered a breed. This is due to its established standard and use in agriculture. The stock in America that was descended from Spanish lines was managed by selective breeding until...

Choctaw Hog
2014-08-27 09:43:31

The Choctaw hog is a breed of domestic pig that originated in the United States of America after Spaniards brought livestock to the area in the sixteenth century. The breed was used by Native Americans and European settlers as well as many others for over three hundred years. During the nineteenth century, the Choctaw people moved into the Oklahoma Territory and in 1830 the government forcibly removed the people of the Five Civilized Tribes into Oklahoma, who brought with them more hogs. The...

Chato Murciano
2014-08-27 09:39:21

The Chato Murciano is a breed of domestic pig that was developed in Murcia in Spain and is the only remaining breed of pig that is native to that area. It was first developed when the Spanish found that their pigs were not meeting their standards, so they bred the Murciano with other pigs including Berkshires, large whites, Victorias, and Tamworths. This created a breed that was and is used for its bacon and meat. The Chato Murciano was named after its place of origin and its short nose....

Western Clawed Frog, Xenopus, tropicalis
2014-08-21 10:26:56

The western clawed frog is also known as the tropical clawed frog and is found widespread in the regions of Nigeria, Liberia, Gambia, Guinea, Cameroon, the Ivory coast, and surrounding areas. The habitat for the western clawed frog is moist areas in tropical and subtropical rivers, lakes, marshes, swamps, agricultural ponds, and canals. The body color of the western clawed frog is light to dark brown and covered with grey and black spots. The eyes protrude up from the head. Tubercles...

Lake Oku Clawed Frog, Xenopus longipes
2014-08-21 10:22:21

The Lake Oku clawed frog is native to and found exclusively in Lake Oku of Cameroon and is fully aquatic. The lake and surrounding forest are now a nature reserve along with several zoos set up with conservation measures to repopulate the species. This species is listed as critical on the IUCN list. The male of the species can reach 1.5 inches while the female is slightly larger at 1.75 inches. All four feet are webbed and the toes and fingers are clawed, giving this species its name. The...

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