Birds can form complex, multilevel societies, a new study finds, a feat previously known only in humans and certain other big-brained mammals, including some of our fellow primates as well as elephants, dolphins and giraffes. This challenges the idea that…
(S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources, Utah State University) While the conservation of charismatic creatures like pandas, elephants and snow leopards are important in their own right, there may be no better ecological bang-for-our-buck than a sound, science-based effort to save widespread keystone systems. And the majestic aspens could be a perfect start for such an endeavor.
(Brown University) New research analyzing the diets and microbiomes of 33 large-herbivore species in Kenya yields surprising findings about the interplay between animal evolution, behavior and the gut microbiome
A new tool uses an interactive database of geographic and genetic information to quickly identify where the confiscated tusks of African elephants were originally poached. It matches genetic sequences from poached ivory to those in the database. It relies on genetic information from a small, highly variable region of mitochondrial DNA from African elephants. This allows a more precise picture of the origin of the ivory. It also takes only about six days, researchers said.