Competition and predators may not make species adapt, after all

Competition between species and predation aren't the drivers behind adaptation that scientists might've thought, new research indicates.

McGill University | Feb. 25, 2020 | futurity
~2 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology competition evolution predators

Vanishing snakes highlight the biodiversity crisis

After frogs in protected area of Panama died off en masse, the snakes that ate them began to disappear, too. It shows the extent of our "biodiversity crisis."

Layne Cameron-Michigan State | Feb. 14, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment amphibians biodiversity conservation extinction predators snakes

Some bird flocks are a lot like K-pop groups

Birds in flocks with many different species change the way they hunt to better work as a team. It's a little like boy bands, one researcher says.

Natalie van Hoose-Florida | Feb. 13, 2020 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology birds insects predators

Predator overlap keeps prey from getting out of control

Sea urchins boomed after a mysterious disease decimated sea stars off the California coast. Researchers say it shows how redundancy can protect ecosystems.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara | Feb. 13, 2020 | futurity
~9 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology conservation ecosystems predators starfish

Why don’t predators ever totally wipe out their prey?

New research digs into the back and forth between predators and prey, confirming that these cycles can last for long periods of time.

Katherine Gombay-McGill | Dec. 20, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology biodiversity predators

This frog’s mating call attracts predators, too

The mating calls túngara frogs make have an unfortunate side effect: attracting one of their main predators.

Kayla Zacharias-Purdue | Nov. 11, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology communication conservation frogs mating-call predators

New ecology theory describes ‘frenemy’ networks

"There's mounting evidence that different species pay attention to each other in the wild, especially if they share predators."

Andy Fell-UC Davis | Nov. 6, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology biodiversity competition ecosystems predators

Right whales ‘whisper’ to their kids to avoid predators

To steer clear of predators like orcas, right whales tone down their vocalizations, which "can be thought of almost like a human whisper."

Tim Lucas-Duke | Oct. 11, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured science-and-technology communication conservation endangered-species mothers oceans predators whales

Hiding spots and predators benefit reef fish

New research finds that reef fish populations depend on two things: good hiding spots and a resident predator.

Matt Shipman-NC State | Oct. 3, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment conservation coral-reefs ecosystem fish predators

Predators could be the antidote to unhealthy herds

When wild animals get sick, they can't go to the drug store or a vet. Predators may be the best solution for keeping herds healthy.

Brian Wallheimer-Purdue | Sept. 27, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment biodiversity infections predators

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