Tyrannosaurus rex was terrifyingly good at walking

Smaller dinosaurs needed speed, but huge predators like Tyrannosaurus rex relied less on moving fast and more on energy-efficient walking.

Frederique Mazerolle-McGill • futurity
May 14, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: featured science-and-technology dinosaurs predators speed walking

Loss of predators make it harder for prey to adapt

When predators die off, their prey may have trouble adapting to future environments. That could have serious consequences for ecosystems.

U. Zurich • futurity
May 12, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: earth-and-environment evolution extinction parasites predators

Loss of predators make it harder for prey to adapt

When predators die off, their prey may have trouble adapting to future environments. That could have serious consequences for ecosystems.

U. Zurich • futurity
May 12, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: earth-and-environment evolution extinction parasites predators

Treefrogs fool predators with mating call choirs

Male treefrogs throw off predators teaming up with others to sing out their mating calls in quick succession, researchers say.

Abbey Nickel-Purdue • futurity
May 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: science-and-technology frogs mating predators sounds

Lizards change ‘cologne’ to communicate in new places

After relocating to islets with no predators, Aegean wall lizards changed the chemical signals they use to communicate with each other, researchers say.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
April 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: science-and-technology communication lizards mating predators senses

Blame foxes for decline of the ‘world’s happiest animal’

The decline of quokkas in Australia has been somewhat of a mystery, but resarcehers have a suspect. Invasive species, and foxes in particular.

Vanderbilt U. • futurity
April 7, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: earth-and-environment climate-change endangered-species extinction invasive-species marsupials predators

Why West African lions don’t avoid hunting areas

Images from camera traps show West African lions venturing out of protected areas and closer to humans. Researchers have an idea why.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
April 2, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: earth-and-environment featured cats conservation endangered-species hunting national-parks predators west-africa

‘Fatal attraction’ may keep small predators in check

In a kind of "fatal attraction," small predators drawn to kill sites for leftover scraps may get killed themselves when big predators return for seconds.

Michelle Ma-Washington • futurity
March 18, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: featured science-and-technology biodiversity conservation predators prey

Cats don’t roam far, but they do lots of killing

Is your outdoor cat a wildlife-killer? "We found that house cats have a two- to 10-time larger impact on wildlife than wild predators—a striking effect."

Mick Kulikowski-NC State • futurity
March 12, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: earth-and-environment featured birds cats conservation lizards pets predators

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 • futurity
Feb. 25, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: science-and-technology competition evolution predators

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