Topic: Animal behavior

Sociable Chimps Harbor Richer Gut Microbiomes

Jan. 15, 2016
Chimpanzees interact in Gombe National Park, Tanzania

Spending time in close contact with others often means risking catching germs and getting sick. But being sociable may also help transmit beneficial microbes, finds a new study.

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Some Prairie Vole Brains Better Wired for Sexual Fidelity

Dec. 10, 2015
A female vole and her pups, with no male present.

Researchers have found that natural selection drives some male prairie voles to be fully monogamous and others to seek more partners.

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Bats Use Water Ripples to Hunt Frogs

Jan. 23, 2014

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Male Tungara Frog
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AUSTIN, Texas  As the male túngara frog serenades female frogs from a pond, he creates watery ripples that make him easier to target by rivals and predators such as bats, according to researchers from The University of Texas at Austin, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), Leiden University and Salisbury University.

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Singing Mice Protect Their Turf With High-Pitched Tunes

Sept. 27, 2013

Two species of tawny brown singing mice that live deep in the mountain cloud forests of Costa Rica and Panama set their boundaries by emitting high-pitched trills, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have discovered.

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Females Can Place Limits on Evolution of Attractive Features in Males, Research Shows

Aug. 5, 2011

Female cognitive ability can limit how melodious or handsome males become over evolutionary time, biologists from The University of Texas at Austin, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute have observed.

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