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Woolly Mammoth Genomes Reveal Genetic Adaptations to Cold
Researchers identified mutations in genes that may be involved in fat regulation, fur growth, and morphology.
Woolly Mammoth Genomes Reveal Genetic Adaptations to Cold
Woolly Mammoth Genomes Reveal Genetic Adaptations to Cold

Researchers identified mutations in genes that may be involved in fat regulation, fur growth, and morphology.

Researchers identified mutations in genes that may be involved in fat regulation, fur growth, and morphology.

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Paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey Dies at Age 77
Chloe Tenn | Jan 3, 2022 | 3 min read
The Kenyan fossil finder is known for his discoveries of various Stone Age artifacts and ancient human skulls and skeletons.
Mass Elephant Die-Off Caused by Cyanobacteria, Officials Say
Max Kozlov | Sep 23, 2020 | 2 min read
Tests point to a toxic algal bloom that might have led to the unprecedented deaths of hundreds of African elephants in Botswana earlier this year, but the evidence isn’t conclusive.
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Image of the Day: Safety in Numbers
Chia-Yi Hou | Jul 22, 2019 | 1 min read
Male Asian elephants are forming long-term, all-male groups to forage in agricultural areas of India.
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Image of the Day: The Night Life
Chia-Yi Hou | Apr 9, 2019 | 1 min read
Researchers use thermal cameras to count orangutans in Malaysian Borneo.
Image of the Day: Swish Swish
Kerry Grens | Oct 16, 2018 | 1 min read
Animals’ tails swat away insects using both wind and whack.
Image of the Day: Cracked Skin
Jef Akst | Oct 9, 2018 | 1 min read
Micrometer-scale fractures in elephant skin results from the way the epidermis grows.
Elephants Revived a “Zombie” Gene that May Fend Off Cancer
Kerry Grens | Aug 15, 2018 | 1 min read
DNA damage kick-starts what was once a defunct duplicated gene, which kills off injured cells.
Image of the Day: Elephant Twins
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Apr 16, 2018 | 1 min read
A pair of calves was born about eight months ago in Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park.
Extinct and Living Elephants’ Genomic History Sequenced
Jim Daley | Feb 26, 2018 | 2 min read
Gene flow between elephant species was a common feature of their evolutionary history.
Image of the Day: Elephants at Sunset
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Jan 11, 2018 | 1 min read
Conflict threatens already at-risk wildlife populations and conservation efforts in war-torn areas.
China Vows to End Commercial Ivory Trade
Joshua A. Krisch | Jan 3, 2017 | 1 min read
Conservationists declare victory as the country agrees to crack down on domestic ivory sales, which have contributed to the near-extinction of elephant species.
Elephant Footprints Create Habitat for Tiny Aquatic Creatures
Catherine Offord | Dec 1, 2016 | 4 min read
Researchers discover diverse communities of invertebrates inhabiting the water-filled tracks of elephants in Uganda.
A Plague on Pachyderms
Jef Akst | Jun 1, 2015 | 4 min read
At least seven species of herpesvirus commonly infect elephants. At zoos, keepers scramble to save calves, who are particularly vulnerable to the viruses.
TS Live: Elephant Herpes
Jef Akst | May 31, 2015 | 1 min read
Researchers at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C., are studying a viral infection that can be lethal to elephant calves.
Discerning Elephants
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Mar 12, 2014 | 1 min read
Elephants are able to tell human voices apart based on cues for age, sex, and ethnic group.
Behavior Brief
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Feb 27, 2014 | 4 min read
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
On Point
Abby Olena, PhD | Oct 11, 2013 | 2 min read
Researchers demonstrate that elephants can use human pointing cues to find hidden food.
Good Vibrations
Cristina Luiggi | Sep 1, 2012 | 4 min read
Researchers are learning how species from across the animal kingdom use seismic signals to mate, hunt, solve territorial disputes, and much more.
Behavior Brief
Megan Scudellari | Jul 24, 2011 | 3 min read
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
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