Animal behaviour

Baby monkeys grow faster to avoid infanticide

 Some baby monkeys develop faster than others in the same population, and this is best explained by the threat of infanticide they face from adult males, says a study.

Mar 18, 2016, 15:32 PM IST

Being a good father may lead burying beetles to early death

 Male insects with low-quality partners try to compensate for their mate's shortcomings by putting more effort into parental duties, and could pay the price by dying younger, a new study on burying beetles has found.

Sep 26, 2015, 19:23 PM IST
Dogs rely on memory rather than smell at times

Dogs rely on memory rather than smell at times

 Dogs rely more on their memory than their sense of smell to find a hidden treat, reveals new research by citizen scientists which was corroborated by lab findings.

Sep 17, 2015, 14:45 PM IST

Female mice sing back for sex

 While it is known that male mice belt out something like love songs to females when the time seems right to them, new research has found that interested female mice sing back their consent.

Sep 12, 2015, 13:00 PM IST

Sex signals fast disappearing in animals: Study

Mating signals in animal, passed down from generation to generation, were thought to be beneficial for healthy reproduction. However, these signals are fast disappearing in offspring, suggests a new study.

Aug 23, 2015, 16:20 PM IST
Here's how dogs are able to follow human gaze

Here's how dogs are able to follow human gaze

Gaze following to distant space may be a basic response found in many taxa, but dogs may present a special case as they are able to follow human gaze to objects such as food or toys, but not for the comparatively simpler task of following gaze into distant space.

Jun 13, 2015, 15:23 PM IST

Animals can predict earthquakes!

 For the first time scientists have been able to capture and document how the behaviour of wild animals changes prior to an earthquake - a development which may help with short-term seismic forecasting.

Apr 01, 2015, 18:54 PM IST

Reading animal emotions key to their better welfare

Understanding how animals express emotions during mildly positive or negative situations could lead to their better welfare, researchers say.

Dec 03, 2014, 18:17 PM IST
Here's how dogs drink water

Here's how dogs drink water

 A new study has provided a deeper insight into why dogs splash and spill water while drinking.

Dec 01, 2014, 14:22 PM IST
Dogs more dependent on owners than wolves

Dogs more dependent on owners than wolves

A new study has observed that dogs act dumb and are more dependent on their human owner whereas wolves cooperate with each other to solve their problems.

Sep 02, 2014, 18:49 PM IST

How animals walk

A new breakthrough study, which has identified the key neuron that allows animals to walk, will come in handy while developing new therapies for patients with spinal cord injuries or other motor impairments.

May 04, 2014, 13:34 PM IST

Sonar signal `leaks` likely audible to some marine mammals

Scientists have found that killer whales and other marine mammals can hear sonar signals better than previously thought.

May 03, 2014, 15:21 PM IST

Chimpanzees prefer firm, stable beds

Chimpanzees, like humans, are highly selective when it comes to where they sleep, choosing a certain type of wood to make a comfortable bed, scientists have found.

Apr 19, 2014, 11:39 AM IST

Sharks use all available senses to hunt down prey

A new study has revealed that when a shark gets hungry, it will use all the senses it has available to hunt down something to eat.

Apr 03, 2014, 18:40 PM IST

Cuvier`s beaked whales most extreme breath-holders among marine mammals

Cuvier`s beaked whales are claimed to be the most extreme breath-holders among marine mammals.

Mar 27, 2014, 15:57 PM IST

Why alligators can pinpoint sounds so precisely

Alligators are the most vocal of the non-avian reptiles and are known to be able to pinpoint the source of sounds with accuracy.

Mar 27, 2014, 13:55 PM IST

Shouting at your dog can leave it stressed

Owners, take note! Shouting at your dog or yanking its lead can cause the animal stress, according to a new study.

Mar 24, 2014, 19:41 PM IST

Fossilized whale skull shows sonar existed 32 million years ago

Researchers have said that a fossilized whale skull found outside Charleston, South Carolina shows all the tell-tales signs that are related to echolocation.

Mar 16, 2014, 15:40 PM IST

Elephants can decode human voices better than we can: Study

A new study has revealed that African elephants might be better at deciphering human voices than humans.

Mar 11, 2014, 15:13 PM IST

Mechanics behind flying snakes` gliding maneuver revealed

Researchers exploring the aerodynamics of flying snakes has found that whirls of wind, the little vortices surrounding it, give them an extra lift.

Mar 05, 2014, 15:49 PM IST