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Cross-species dolphin society gets friendlier after hurricanes

Posted on 22 Jan 2016 in Animal Behaviour, Journalism

The bottlenose and spotted dolphins of the Bahamas are unusual in that they often intermingle. Now, observations show these unusual coalitions survived two deadly hurricanes. Afterwards the dolphin interactions were less aggressive, perhaps to allow them to adjust to post-disaster life. Image: sheilapic76

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Geckos have superpowers, starting with running along ceilings

Posted on 28 Nov 2015 in Animal Behaviour, Journalism

Many animals have one superpower. Geckos are blessed with several. Their eyes can distinguish colours by the light of the moon, they can instantly shed their tail if they are caught by a predator, and most famously of all, they can walk effortlessly up walls and along ceilings. Image: chrisheidenreich

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Chimpanzees and monkeys have entered the Stone Age

Posted on 19 Aug 2015 in Animal Behaviour, Archaeology, Featured, Human Origins, Journalism

In the rainforests of west Africa, the woodlands of Brazil and the beaches of Thailand, archaeologists have unearthed some truly remarkable stone tools – tools that were wielded by prehistoric monkeys and chimpanzees. Image: jenmartin

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Disco clam’s light show is all about stayin’ alive

Posted on 14 Aug 2015 in Animal Behaviour, Journalism

With its colourful tentacles matched with fine silky threads, the flamboyant disco clam lives up to its name. And that’s before it shows off its party trick: it uses what has been likened to a foil-covered scarf to put on a mesmerising light show. Image: lakshmioct01

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Zoologger: The giant sea spider that sucks life out of its prey

Posted on 31 Jul 2015 in Animal Behaviour, Journalism

The Southern Ocean giant sea spider is the stuff of nightmares – its leg span of 25 centimetres more or less equals that of the world’s largest land spiders like the Goliath Bird-Eating tarantula of South America. Image: NOAA Photo Library

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Two dolphin species band together to form unprecedented alliance

Posted on 22 Jul 2015 in Animal Behaviour, Conservation, Evolution, Journalism

It’s a social network like no other. The dolphins of the Bahamas forage and play together and forge alliances – even though they belong to two distinct species. They’re not the only example of mixed-species dolphin groups, but this level of interaction is unprecedented. Image: harrisongavin18

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