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22 September 2017

Scientists discover unique Brazilian frogs that are deaf to their own mating calls [The Guardian]

Pumpkin toadlet frogs are only known case of an animal that continues to make a communication signal even after the target audience has lost the ability to hear it.

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21 September 2017

Sexual competition among ducks wreaks havoc on penis size [Nature]

When forced to compete for mates, some birds develop longer penises and others almost nothing at all.

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21 September 2017

Plants combine color and fragrance to procure pollinators [Phys]

Who knew that it’s possible to predict the fragrance of a flower by looking at its color ?
This is true for many of the 41 insect-pollinated plant species growing in a Phrygana scrubland habitat on the Greek island of Lesbos. An international research team published their findings Sept. 4 in Nature Ecology & Evolution.

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21 September 2017

Tool-wielding monkeys push local shellfish to edge of extinction [New Scientist]

HUMANS aren’t the only primate to have pushed their prey towards extinction. Monkeys have also over-exploited animals for food.

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21 September 2017

Queens under pressure - do pesticides provide additional challenges for bumblebees starting a colony? [Nature Ecology & Evolution - Behind the paper]

The determined buzzing of queen bumblebees after a long winter is a timely reminder that spring is on its way. They industriously search for pollen and nectar to refuel after a lengthy hibernation, and find nesting sites to start their new colony. The survival and health of these queens is essential to the bumblebee life-cycle.

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