Color-changing animals, explained
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Color-changing animals, explained

In nature, the ability to change color can be key to survival. Vision is a very important sense in much of the animal kingdom, and many animals have come up with unique ways to use this sense to enhance their own survival. They may use this superpower to vanish into their environments—or to boldly assert…

Marine Ecology

Animals could help humans monitor oceans

Sharks, penguins, turtles and other seagoing species could help humans monitor the oceans by transmitting oceanographic information from electronic tags. Thousands of marine animals are tagged for a variety of research and conservation purposes, but at present the information gathered isn’t widely used to track climate change and other shifts in the oceans. Instead, monitoring…

Fascinating ways animals prepare for fall
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Fascinating ways animals prepare for fall

It’s officially fall, which for humans often means snuggling up inside and anticipating the holidays ahead. Conversely, for many animals, it’s a season of intense preparation for the looming winter. From deer to birds to bears, many species are triggered by the shortening days to switch into a frenetic mode of gathering food, finding mates,…

See 14 animals that have shown us their impressive smarts
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See 14 animals that have shown us their impressive smarts

Scientific research constantly gives glimpses into new dimensions of animal cognition. But intelligence—which is so complex and encompasses such a wide range of adaptive abilities—remains confoundingly tricky to measure. “One of the biggest challenges is our inability to comprehend how other species process information,” says Kristina Horback, an assistant professor in the Department of Animal…

The Paleozoic diet: Why animals eat what they eat
Marine Ecology

The Paleozoic diet: Why animals eat what they eat

Black vultures and Andean condors are carnivorous birds that specialize on consuming carrion. Credit: Cristian Román-Palacios/University of Arizona In what is likely the first study to look at how dietary preferences evolved across the animal kingdom, UA researchers looked at more than a million species, going back 800 million years. The team reports several unexpected…