zoology
How Live Capture Changed Scientific Views of Killer Whales
How Live Capture Changed Scientific Views of Killer Whales
Jason Colby | Jul 1, 2018
Although highly controversial now, keeping orcas in captivity helped transform popular and scientific conceptions of the marine mammal from an unfeeling killer to a complex, intelligent animal.
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.
Infected Ants Chemically Attract Workers to Destroy Them
Infected Ants Chemically Attract Workers to Destroy Them
Jim Daley | Apr 1, 2018
Social insects kill infected individuals for the benefit of the colony—and now a study has shown how they know who’s sick.
Esteemed Zoologist Dies
Esteemed Zoologist Dies
Catherine Offord | Jun 1, 2016
Robert McNeill Alexander, best known for his work on animal locomotion, has passed away aged 81.
Giraffe Diplomacy
Giraffe Diplomacy
Chris Tachibana | Feb 1, 2016
Is the public dissection of zoo animals a boon to research and education, a PR nightmare, or both?
Giraffe in Half
Giraffe in Half
The Scientist Staff | Feb 1, 2016
Watch footage from the public dissection of Marius, the young giraffe at the Copenhagen Zoo who was ultimately fed to predators at the facility. (CAUTION: GRAPHIC IMAGES)
Ancient Beasts Classified by Collagen
Ancient Beasts Classified by Collagen
Jef Akst | Mar 19, 2015
Protein extracted from ancient fossils identified by Darwin as some of the “strangest animals ever discovered” places the creatures amongst horses, tapirs, and rhinos on the tree of life.
Understanding Cats
Understanding Cats
Abby Olena | Oct 18, 2013
An anthrozoologist explores feline communication and cognition in an essay about domestic cats.
Surprising Similarities in Divergent Genomes
Surprising Similarities in Divergent Genomes
Ruth Williams | Sep 4, 2013
Researchers find genome-wide evidence of convergent evolution between bats and dolphins.
The Detachable Penis
The Detachable Penis
Dan Cossins | Feb 14, 2013
A species of sea slug discards its penis after mating, then grows another the next day, a tactic that may have evolved to avoid passing on the sperm of competitors.