Juvenile vaquita
Science Snapshot: Down but Not Out
Inbreeding depression won’t bring the 10 remaining vaquitas to extinction.
Science Snapshot: Down but Not Out
Science Snapshot: Down but Not Out

Inbreeding depression won’t bring the 10 remaining vaquitas to extinction.

Inbreeding depression won’t bring the 10 remaining vaquitas to extinction.

ABOVE: Richard Ladkani/Terra Mater Studios/National Geographic
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Three baboons sitting on a tree, looking at the camera
To Mate or Not to Mate? Baboons’ Inbreeding Defense Is Biased
Saugat Bolakhe | Mar 25, 2022
Researchers find that wild baboons are generally good at avoiding inbreeding, but that it’s more likely to occur with paternal than maternal relatives.
Regina Vega-Trejo holding a net
Incest Isn’t Taboo in Nature: Study
Christie Wilcox | May 7, 2021
Avoiding inbreeding appears to be the exception rather than the norm for animals, according to a new meta-analysis of experimental studies.
Image of the Day: Puma Genome Sequencing
Emily Makowski | Oct 21, 2019
The big cats show signs of inbreeding despite conservation efforts to diversify their populations.