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Mice run for fun, too

Animal welfare committees have questioned whether mice in experiments enjoy running on wheels, or if wheel-running is a neurotic...

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Bison reintroduced to Romania

Great to see the number of wild European bison increasing after being declared extinct in the wild after the first world war.

After a 200 year absence, the European bison has been returned to southern Romania in the biggest reintroduction of the species to take...…

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Orcas have fads, too: the Mullet Analogue in Cetaceans

Animals have culture-- no one is surprised about this anymore. Birds, primates, elephants, rats, fish, and even ants demonstrate...

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Mold with memory: the stuff of science fiction

The peculiar slime mold is a single-celled creature with no brain (although in some stages of its life cycle, it looks a bit like a...

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Chimps have different personalities, just like us

Have you heard of the Big Five personality traits in humans? In humans, psychologists have identified varying degrees of openness,...

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Octopus dietary preferences: before mating? Crab, please!

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Evolution of language and the most pessimistic abstract ever written

Not strictly palaeontology here, although this review paper does comment on research into fossils and the origin of language. This...

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Pandas have a sweet tooth

Behavioural geneticist Danielle Reed recently designed a study that revealed that pandas love sweets. Why is this surprising, you may...

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Can you teach an old bee new tricks?

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Bigger brains, more self-control?

In this recent collaborative study of 36 animal species, researchers investigated the evolution of self-control (a hallmark of higher...

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