Cats

Idled farmland presents habitat restoration opportunities in San Joaquin Desert

Most of the native habitat in California's San Joaquin Desert has been converted to row crops and orchards, leaving 35 threatened or endangered species...

Skull scans tell tale of how world’s first dogs caught their...

Analysis of the skulls of lions, wolves and hyenas has helped scientists uncover how prehistoric dogs hunted 40 million years ago.

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Gut microbes from healthy infants block milk allergy development in mice

New research suggests that the gut microbiome may help prevent the development of cow's milk...

Annual, biological rhythms govern milk production in dairy cows

The amount and composition of milk produced by dairy cows appears to be more regulated...

Organic food worse for the climate?

Organically farmed food has a bigger climate impact than conventionally farmed food, due to the...

Whether herbivores increase or decrease plant diversity depends on what’s on the menu

Cows eat grass. It seems simple enough. But just which kind of grass cows and...

Scientists study puncture performance of cactus spines

Beware the jumping cholla, Cylindropuntia fulgida. This shrubby, branching cactus will -- if provoked by...

Oldest evidence of dairying on the East Asian Steppe

Although dairy pastoralism once made Mongolian steppe herders successful enough to conquer most of Asia...

Major corridor of Silk Road already home to high-mountain herders over 4,000 years ago

Using ancient proteins and DNA recovered from tiny pieces of animal bone, archaeologists at the...

Hidden costs of disease to greater Yellowstone elk

For decades researchers have known that a bacterial disease in elk, bison and cattle in...

Cuisine of early farmers revealed by analysis of proteins in pottery from Çatalhöyük

Knowledge of the diet of people living in the prehistoric settlement of Çatalhöyük almost 8000...

Birds

Genomic study finds Haida Gwaii’s northern goshawks are highly distinct and...

Haida Gwaii's small population of northern goshawks -- already of great concern to conservationists -- are the last remnant of a highly distinct genetic...

Female penguins are getting stranded along the South American coast

Every year, thousands of Magellanic penguins are stranded along the South American coast -- from northern Argentina to southern Brazil -- 1,000 kilometers away...

Why the number of single male Magellanic penguins is rising at...

Female Magellanic penguins are more likely to die at sea as juveniles, which has caused a skewed sex ratio of nearly three adult males...

Feisty hummingbirds prioritize fencing over feeding

Hummingbirds are fierce fighters, but also efficient feeders with tongues and bills well adapted to extracting every bit of nectar from a flower. Why,...

Engineers, zoologists reveal how gulls ‘wing morph’ for stable soaring

Aviation experts and zoologists have provided new insights into how gulls configure their wing shape -- known as wing morphing -- to stabilize their...

Climate change affects breeding birds

The breeding seasons of wild house finches are shifting due to climate change, a Washington State University researcher has found. The effect of climate change...

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