Rare fish set for return to River Severn breeding grounds

One of the UK's rarest fish is set to benefit from a conservation project to unlock the River Severn.

May 6, 2021 ~2 min

Animal adoptions make no evolutionary sense, so why do they happen?

Biologists are puzzled by evidence of animals that care for those from other social groups or even species.

Vivien Shaw, Lecturer in Anatomy, Bangor University • conversation
April 28, 2021 ~6 min

Rare bug spotted for first time in more than 30 years

The discovery in the Cairngorms is only the eighth time a cow wheat shieldbug has been recorded in Scotland.

April 20, 2021 ~1 min

We're creating 'humanized pigs' in our ultraclean lab to study human illnesses and treatments

Medical research to benefit people is first conducted in animals. Creating a new biomedical model by inserting human immune cells into pigs may lead to new insights and treatments.

Adeline Boettcher, Technical Writer II, Iowa State University • conversation
April 12, 2021 ~8 min

Secrets of gorilla communication laid bare

Scientists reveal how male gorillas tell others how big and strong they are by chest beating.

April 8, 2021 ~4 min

Horses can recognise themselves in a mirror - new study

Only a few individual animals have recognised themselves in mirrors before.

Ali Boyle, Research Fellow in Kinds of Intelligence (Philosophy), University of Cambridge • conversation
April 6, 2021 ~6 min

Wally the Walrus: Fears for safety as Tenby tourists get 'too close'

Conservationists urge Tenby tourists to enjoy the stray mammal's temporary visit "from a distance".

April 3, 2021 ~2 min

Five ways fish are more like humans than you realise

You share the same drug habits, the same age-related memory problems and are similarly impatient when forced to wait for food.

Matt Parker, Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology, University of Portsmouth • conversation
March 31, 2021 ~8 min

Are we more closely related to starfish or insects? Our study questions 100 years of consensus

Scientists used to believe that a group containing starfish and sea urchin were the closest relatives of vertebrates like humans. But new research challenges this idea.

Paschalia Kapli, Research Fellow in Genetics, Evolution & Environment, UCL • conversation
March 31, 2021 ~8 min

Biodiversity: how our health and happiness depend on a thriving planet

All the ways plants, animals, insects and the bacteria around us can be beneficial to human health.

Melissa Marselle, Lecturer in Psychology, De Montfort University • conversation
March 31, 2021 ~6 min