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It’s a Bear-Eat-Bear World: Understanding Cannibalism in the Largest Land Carnivores
A new review seeks to understand why the animals sometimes devour members of their own species.
It’s a Bear-Eat-Bear World: Understanding Cannibalism in the Largest Land Carnivores
It’s a Bear-Eat-Bear World: Understanding Cannibalism in the Largest Land Carnivores

A new review seeks to understand why the animals sometimes devour members of their own species.

A new review seeks to understand why the animals sometimes devour members of their own species.

cannibalism
Philoponella prominens spiders mating
Spiders Catapult Themselves to Avoid Becoming Their Mate’s Meal
Hannah Thomasy | Apr 25, 2022 | 2 min read
During their escape, male spiders can reach speeds in excess of 3 kilometers per hour thanks to their springy front legs.
snake eating another snake
Male Snakes Cannibalizing Females Present Evolutionary Puzzle
Chloe Tenn | Nov 15, 2021 | 4 min read
The Scientist speaks with organismal biologist Xavier Glaudas about possible reasons for his recent finding that male Montpellier snakes cannibalize female conspecifics.
Drosophila eggs
Fruit Flies Hide Their Eggs in Plain View
Karl Gruber | Jun 1, 2019 | 2 min read
Chemical cues help Drosophila mask their eggs from predators.
Voodoo Dolls, Roller-Coasters for Kidney Stones Win at Ig Nobels
Ashley Yeager | Sep 14, 2018 | 2 min read
The awards for comical but practical scientific discovery also include cannibalism and self-colonoscopy.
Caterpillars Turn to Cannibalism: Study
Abby Olena, PhD | Jul 10, 2017 | 3 min read
Herbivores may take to omnivory and eat conspecifics when the plants they feed on produce unsavory protective chemicals.
Cannibalism: Not That Weird
Bill Schutt | Feb 1, 2017 | 3 min read
Eating members of your own species might turn the stomach of the average human, but some animal species make a habit of dining on their own.
Contributors
Ben Andrew Henry | Feb 1, 2017 | 2 min read
Meet some of the people featured in the February 2017 issue of The Scientist.
Dino Cannibalism?
Jenny Rood | Apr 10, 2015 | 1 min read
Tooth marks on a dinosaur skull provide evidence of intraspecific fights and postmortem scavenging, according to a study.
Parasites Can Increase Cannibalism
Jenny Rood | Mar 20, 2015 | 2 min read
A microscopic invader ramps up the tendency of adult Irish river shrimp to eat their young.
Behavior Brief
Abby Olena, PhD | Feb 13, 2014 | 5 min read
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Behavior Brief
Dan Cossins | May 23, 2013 | 5 min read
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Behavior Brief
Hannah Waters | Jan 31, 2012 | 4 min read
A roundup of recent studies in behavior research
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