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Revealing The True Scale Of The Reptile Trade

Nearly 40 percent of all known reptile species are being traded illegally, researchers find.

Medium-Sized Seeds Disperse Better Than Large Seeds: Study

Contrary to common belief, a new study shows that medium-sized seeds have the highest dispersal success due to scatter-hoarding rodents.

Paleo Peach Fossils Discovered In Southwest China

Eight two and half million year old peach pit fossils that predating the arrival of modern humans have been found in Southwest China

Bees Pack More Food If Rewards Are Uncertain

When faced with uncertain rewards from their foraging journeys, honey bees reduce the risk of starvation by carrying more food with them.

High Carbon Conversion Efficiency Helps Palms Live In The Shade

Palms have evolved to have a high net carbon gain efficiency in response to shaded environments in the lower strata of the rainforest, scientists say.

Baby Birds Poop In Sync With Feeding

To keep the nest clean, nestlings defecate only after they are fed by their parents, scientists say.

Do ‘Ant Repellents’ Protect Nectar Or Bees?

The amount of ant repelling compounds plants produce correlates to the size of the bee polinators they attract, study says.

Thirty New Spiders Discovered At Xishuangbanna, China

A paper describes 30 new spider species discovered at Xishuangbanna, bringing the total number discovered since 2006 to 250.

Birds Show Fruit Color Pecking Order

Study shows that birds prefer red and black over other fruit colors, suggesting that bird preferences may have influenced fruit color evolution.

Asian Honey Bees Defend Colony By Teaming Up & Shaking Their Bellies

Asian honey bee guards exhibit a peculiar behavior whenever a predator is around – they band together and “shake” their abdomens from side to side for a few seconds.