Illustration showing how seagull chicks know when predators are lurking
Infographic: Animal Embryos Coopt Sound to Survive and Thrive
Across the tree of life, animals use sound and other vibrations to glean valuable sensory information about their environments even before they are born.
ABOVE: © LAURIE O’KEEFE
Infographic: Animal Embryos Coopt Sound to Survive and Thrive
Infographic: Animal Embryos Coopt Sound to Survive and Thrive

Across the tree of life, animals use sound and other vibrations to glean valuable sensory information about their environments even before they are born.

Across the tree of life, animals use sound and other vibrations to glean valuable sensory information about their environments even before they are born.

ABOVE: © LAURIE O’KEEFE
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Conceptual image of an embryo with sound waves
Embryonic Eavesdropping: How Animals Hear and Respond to Sound
Amanda Heidt | Nov 1, 2021
Recent findings buck the traditional idea that embryos are passive agents and instead suggest that by tuning into vibrations, organisms can better prepare to enter the outside world.
Several tadpoles in clear eggs
Slideshow: How Animal Embryos Eavesdrop on the Outside World
Amanda Heidt | Nov 1, 2021
Watch and listen to reptiles, amphibians, insects, and birds respond to sound from inside their eggs.
Image of the Day: Plastic Nests
Amy Schleunes | Mar 3, 2020
Seabirds in Norway use fishing debris to construct nests.
Image of the Day: Albatross Sentinels
Amy Schleunes | Jan 29, 2020
Through their attraction to fishing vessels and their ability to fly great distances, the seabirds help uncover the presence of illegal fisheries.
puffins die mass mortality die off event Alaska bering sea conservation
Image of the Day: Beached Birds
Chia-Yi Hou | May 30, 2019
Biologists recover the bodies of puffins from a mass mortality event.
Warming Weather Could Make Arctic Fish Faster
Jef Akst | Jan 24, 2019
As sea temperatures rise, mammals and birds may lose their edge over the cold-blooded species they eat, as well as the sharks that hunt them.
Image of the Day: Older and Wiser
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 8, 2018
As the years go by, seabirds such as gannets get better at foraging.  
Image of the Day: Bird Braincase
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | May 4, 2018
Newly discovered fossils shed light on the structure of the feeding apparatus of ancient seabirds.
Behavior Brief
Ben Andrew Henry | Dec 22, 2016
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Flapless Flight
Kerry Grens | Jan 1, 2014
New research increases the understanding of how albatrosses fly effortlessly by harvesting energy out of thin air.
Opinion: Marine Canaries in the Coalmine
John E. Elliot, Kyle H. Elliot | Jul 18, 2013
Seabirds can serve as indicators of pollution.