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

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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

 mammals  x-ray  fossils  palaeontology

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

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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

 brain  mammals  brain-cells  zoos  elephants  animal-care  captive-wildlife

How bison, moose and caribou stepped in to do the cleaning work of extinct mammoths

The historical record is full of surprises – and it could encourage conservationists to think more creatively.

Maarten van Hardenbroek van Ammerstol, Lecturer in Physical Geography, Newcastle University • conversation
April 29, 2020 ~6 min

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Camera traps completed one of the most thorough surveys of African rainforest yet

A new method of using camera traps has brought good and bad news for conservationists.

Barbara Fruth, Associate Professor, Liverpool John Moores University • conversation
March 31, 2020 ~6 min

 conservation  biodiversity  mammals  birds  rainforest  wildlife-monitoring  camera-traps  african-wildlife

It's wrong to blame bats for the coronavirus epidemic

The value that bats provide to humans by pollinating crops and eating insects is far greater than harm from virus transmission – which is mainly caused by human actions.

Peter Alagona, Associate Professor of History, Geography and Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara • conversation
March 24, 2020 ~8 min

 covid-19  coronavirus  mammals  ecology  coronavirus-2020  viruses  pollinators  bats  endangered-species  zoonotic-diseases