Incest Isn’t Taboo in Nature: Study
Incest Isn’t Taboo in Nature: Study
Avoiding inbreeding appears to be the exception rather than the norm for animals, according to a new meta-analysis of experimental studies.
Incest Isn’t Taboo in Nature: Study
Incest Isn’t Taboo in Nature: Study

Avoiding inbreeding appears to be the exception rather than the norm for animals, according to a new meta-analysis of experimental studies.

Avoiding inbreeding appears to be the exception rather than the norm for animals, according to a new meta-analysis of experimental studies.

mating behavior
For Mates to Fuse Bodies, Some Anglerfish Have Lost Immune Genes
For Mates to Fuse Bodies, Some Anglerfish Have Lost Immune Genes
Katarina Zimmer | Jul 30, 2020
In most vertebrates, the absence of adaptive immunity would be catastrophic, but in some deep-sea angler fish species, it enables their “wild” and “wacky” mating habits.
Image of the Day: Stink Flirting
Image of the Day: Stink Flirting
Amy Schleunes | Apr 17, 2020
Male lemurs secrete aldehydes from their wrist glands that may make them more attractive to females during the breeding season.
Sex Promotes Lasting Memories in Female Flies
Sex Promotes Lasting Memories in Female Flies
Ruth Williams | Nov 20, 2019
A protein present in the ejaculate of male fruit flies activates long-term memory formation in the brains of their female partners.
Monkey Hybrids Challenge Assumptions of What a Species Is
Monkey Hybrids Challenge Assumptions of What a Species Is
Jim Daley | May 3, 2018
A study finds two species of guenon monkeys in Tanzania have been mating and producing fertile offspring for generations.
Image of the Day: Bird-of-Paradise
Image of the Day: Bird-of-Paradise
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Apr 25, 2018
A unique courtship dance clued researchers in to the fact that they had a new species on their hands.
Bowhead Whales Impress Researchers With Their Song Diversity
Bowhead Whales Impress Researchers With Their Song Diversity
Catherine Offord | Apr 4, 2018
A group of around 300 whales produced 184 distinct songs over just a few years, according to a new study.
Image of the Day: Rainbow Butt
Image of the Day: Rainbow Butt
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Jan 4, 2018
Scientists explore why male peacock spiders are so colorful. 
Insect Deploys Anti-Antiaphrodisiac
Insect Deploys Anti-Antiaphrodisiac
Shawna Williams | Oct 1, 2017
Female plant bugs produce a compound to counter males’ attempts to render the females unattractive to other mates.
Song of Ourselves
Song of Ourselves
Bob Grant | Mar 1, 2017
“Nature’s melodies” may be a human construct that says more about us than about the musicality of other animals.
Tune Into the Animal Kingdom
Tune Into the Animal Kingdom
The Scientist Staff | Feb 28, 2017
A survey of sounds from birds to whales to fruit flies to fish
Image of the Day: Flying in Love
Image of the Day: Flying in Love
The Scientist Staff | Feb 14, 2017
Bottle flies (Lucilia sericata) recognize potential mates by capturing the flashes of light that reflect off others' wings.
Hot Off the Presses
Hot Off the Presses
Bob Grant | Aug 1, 2016
Idiot Brain, Wild Sex, Why Diets Make Us Fat, and The Ethics of Invention
Guppie Porn
Guppie Porn
The Scientist Staff | Jul 31, 2016
Biologist Carin Bondar delivers a TED talk about the wilder side of sex.
Ocean Acidification Affects Fish Spawning
Ocean Acidification Affects Fish Spawning
Alison F. Takemura | Jul 26, 2016
Researchers report the first evidence that acidified waters alter the ocellated wrasse’s reproductive behavior in the wild.
Behavior Brief
Behavior Brief
Catherine Offord | Jun 13, 2016
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Supergene Explains Ruff Mating
Supergene Explains Ruff Mating
Jef Akst | Nov 18, 2015
Two sequencing studies reveal the genetics underlying the sexual behavior of the European and Asian birds.
Behavior Brief
Behavior Brief
Jenny Rood | May 21, 2015
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
A Most Kinky Moth
A Most Kinky Moth
Carrie Arnold | May 1, 2015
A retired entomologist discovers a world of behavioral diversity in the courtship rituals of a well-studied moth species.
Like Breeds With Like
Like Breeds With Like
Jenny Rood | Apr 6, 2015
Mice pairs with similar anxiety levels produce offspring more quickly than coupled animals with differing personalities, according to a recent study.