Peacock spiders show more of their colours

A new batch of these ostentatiously coloured and popular arachnids is described in Australia.

By Jonathan Amos
March 30, 2020 | bbcnews

~2 mins

Tags: animals australia spiders

Plastic: How to predict threats to animals in oceans and rivers

Scientists find out more about the threats of plastic to thousands of fish, whales and other aquatic life.

By Helen Briggs
March 27, 2020 | bbcnews

~2 mins

Tags: animals whales oceans plastic-pollution marine-biology plastic

Neanderthals ate sharks and dolphins

Neanderthals were eating fish, mussels and seals at a site in present-day Portugal, according to a new study.

By Paul Rincon
March 26, 2020 | bbcnews

~3 mins

Tags: animals archaeology human-evolution neanderthals dolphins

Fossil worm shows us our evolutionary beginnings

A tiny, 555-million-year-old seafloor creature reveals why our bodies are organised the way they are.

BBC Science News
March 24, 2020 | bbcnews

~3 mins

Tags: evolution geology animals fossils

Mammal study explains 'why females live longer'

Across wild mammal species, females live over 18% longer than males because of genetics and environment.

By Matt McGrath
March 24, 2020 | bbcnews

~4 mins

Tags: gender animals genetics sex conservation

Vampire bats 'French kiss with blood' to form lasting bonds

Researchers observing the mammals saw them sharing regurgitated blood with their neighbours.

BBC Science News
March 20, 2020 | bbcnews

~2 mins

Tags: animals bats

New colony of rare freshwater pearl mussels found in Highlands

The species was uncovered during a watercourse survey being carried out in north Highland.

BBC Science News
March 10, 2020 | bbcnews

~3 mins

Tags: nature animals fish pollution

Conservation: Calls to protect species across borders

Measures to protect the jaguar and Asian elephant are being proposed at an international summit.

By Helen Briggs
Feb. 20, 2020 | bbcnews

~4 mins

Tags: animals elephants endangered-species wildlife-conservation conservation

New species of flies found in Lochaber forest

An expert identified the tiny gnats from tens of thousands of creatures caught in an insect trap.

BBC Science News
Feb. 13, 2020 | bbcnews

~2 mins

Tags: animals roybridge insects

Four rare mountain gorillas 'die in Uganda lightning strike'

The four killed by suspected electrocution include a pregnant female, a conservation group says.

BBC Science News
Feb. 8, 2020 | bbcnews

~2 mins

Tags: animals uganda gorillas

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