Why do birds have such bright colours and dramatic mating displays? Take the lilac-breasted roller, a bird with bright purple plumage and electric blue under their wings, who fly high in looping circles before tipping backwards in the sky and stalling their flight, resulting in backward rolls through the air.
A little disclaimer… Every answer he gave made me profoundly jealous of the creatures he has met, the encounters he’s had and the life he’s living.
The idea that we should invest millions of pounds of research funds into bringing back animals we have never seen before when there are so many animals that the majority of us have never seen in the flesh, let alone those that have not yet been discovered, is ludicrous.
Your body rebels against you and contorts in wriggles and giggles, you burst out in the most annoying, uncontrollable laughter and are suddenly at the mercy of your attacker. It’s the tickle. What the hell is happening?
“Did you know that koalas get high on eucalyptus leaves?” This question was posed to me at a flat party last night, after I was introduced to an (admittedly drunk) guy as a zoologist.
Bones of a super predator from the Jurassic period have been identified as a new species by researchers at the University of Edinburgh.
Electrical activity in the brain has been tracked by researchers at the University of Edinburgh to locate the section of the brain involved in maintaining spatial awareness.
How often does one look at a raincloud and wonder how it came about, how did a delicate mass of water droplets come to suspend itself in the sky like dark grey candy floss?
“I would eat the last panda if I could have all the money we have spent on panda conservation put back on the table for me to do more sensible things with.” These are the controversial words of naturalist Chris Packham.
Planet hunter Kepler, NASA’s space telescope, has just completed its prime mission of locating and confirming other planets in the solar system. But it is barely out of action before it is being sent out on its second, extended mission: to find other planets like our own.
Human evolutionary history has received a missing link in the discovery of a gene unique to humans.