Archive for July 20th, 2017:

Poaching pushes pangolin closer to extinction

Image copyright National Botanic Garden of Belgium Image caption African white-bellied pangolin Millions of pangolins are being hunted and killed in Africa, raising fears that they are being pushed to extinction. The pangolin is the world’s most trafficked and poached mammal, because of the demand for its meat and scales. Conservationists say an international trade

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Why dogs are friendly

Image copyright Monty Sloan Image caption Some wolves are more sociable than others Being friendly is in dogs’ nature and could be key to how they came to share our lives, say US scientists. Dogs evolved from wolves tens of thousands of years ago. During this time, certain genes that make dogs particularly gregarious have

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Elephant seals ‘recognise vocal rhythm’

Image copyright Ari Friedlaender Image caption Male northern elephant seals can weigh more than two tonnes Male elephant seals recognise the rhythm of one another’s voices, researchers say. Scientists in the US “decoded” the calls of male elephant seals, revealing that vocal communication played a crucial part in their social lives. This showed seals communicating

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