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A group of around 300 whales produced 184 distinct songs over just a few years, according to a new study.

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Social insects kill infected individuals for the benefit of the colony—and now a study has shown how they know who’s sick.

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Esteemed Zoologist Dies

By Catherine Offord | June 1, 2016

Robert McNeill Alexander, best known for his work on animal locomotion, has passed away aged 81.

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Giraffe Diplomacy

By Chris Tachibana | February 1, 2016

Is the public dissection of zoo animals a boon to research and education, a PR nightmare, or both?

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Giraffe in Half

By The Scientist Staff | February 1, 2016

Watch footage from the public dissection of Marius, the young giraffe at the Copenhagen Zoo who was ultimately fed to predators at the facility. (CAUTION: GRAPHIC IMAGES)

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Ancient Beasts Classified by Collagen

By Jef Akst | March 19, 2015

Protein extracted from ancient fossils identified by Darwin as some of the “strangest animals ever discovered” places the creatures amongst horses, tapirs, and rhinos on the tree of life.

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Understanding Cats

By Abby Olena | October 18, 2013

An anthrozoologist explores feline communication and cognition in an essay about domestic cats.

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Surprising Similarities in Divergent Genomes

By Ruth Williams | September 4, 2013

Researchers find genome-wide evidence of convergent evolution between bats and dolphins.

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The Detachable Penis

By Dan Cossins | February 14, 2013

A species of sea slug discards its penis after mating, then grows another the next day, a tactic that may have evolved to avoid passing on the sperm of competitors.  

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Monster Hunting 2.0

By Dan Cossins | February 1, 2013

With the launch of a new peer-reviewed journal, can cryptozoology emerge from the shadows to be taken seriously by the mainstream scientific community?

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