The scent of sickness: 5 questions answered about using dogs – and mice and ferrets – to detect disease

Scientists are experimenting with using dogs to sniff out people infected with COVID-19. But dogs aren't the only animals with a nose for disease.

Glen J. Golden, Research Scientist/Scholar I, Colorado State University • conversation
Jan. 13, 2021 ~8 min

Pikas are adapting to climate change remarkably well, contrary to many predictions

Pikas – small cousins of rabbits – live mainly in the mountainous US west. They've been called a climate change poster species, but they're more adaptable than many people think.

Andrew Smith, Professor Emeritus of Life Sciences, Arizona State University • conversation
Jan. 7, 2021 ~8 min

Why autumn is such a dangerous time for hedgehog mothers – and how to help them

For every kilometre of road in Europe, you're likely to find one dead hedgehog.

Lauren Moore, PhD Candidate in Road Ecology, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
Nov. 16, 2020 ~6 min

Zoonomia Project captures mammalian genome diversity

A team of researchers analyzed and compared the genomes of more than 80 percent of all mammalian families, which captures mammalian diversity at an unprecedented scale.

Namrata Sengupta • harvard
Nov. 11, 2020 ~5 min

Fossils reveal cozy, social life of this early mammal

The earliest evidence of mammal social behavior goes back to the age of dinosaurs, fossils of a rodent-like creature indicate.

Andrea Godinez-U. Washington • futurity
Nov. 3, 2020 ~6 min

Fossilised teeth reveal first mammals were far from warm blooded

New study used X-rays of the teeth of early mammals' to show they were more like cold blooded reptiles.

Pam Gill, Senior Research Associate in Palaeontology, University of Bristol • conversation
Oct. 13, 2020 ~5 min

South America is filled with mammals of North American origin but not vice versa – and scientists have figured out why

Why were mammals travelling south through newly-formed Panama so much more successful than those heading north?

Christine Janis, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Bristol • conversation
Oct. 6, 2020 ~7 min

The neural cruelty of captivity: Keeping large mammals in zoos and aquariums damages their brains

Life in captivity causes observable harm to the structure and function of large mammals' brains.

Bob Jacobs, Professor of Neuroscience, Colorado College • conversation
Sept. 24, 2020 ~10 min

National parks may also preserve trait diversity

In addition to providing homes for endangered and threatened species, national parks can protect the trait diversity of mammals, new research finds.

Jeff Falk-Rice • futurity
Sept. 10, 2020 ~5 min

Bugs, mice, and people may share one ‘brain ancestor’

New evidence suggests that the way brains work across the animal kingdom goes back to a common source, researchers report.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
Aug. 7, 2020 ~10 min