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The males of a species of megabat have been observed giving oral sex to females in a move that appears to prolong the duration of copulation, a study has shown.
Elephants' deepest calls can thunder up to 6 miles (10 kilometers) away.
"This is absolutely the first time that we've seen juveniles doing that ...
11 May 2012 Last updated at 12:16 By Victoria Gill Science reporter, BBC Nature
“They are using information about letters and the relation between letters to perform the task without any kind of linguistic training,” said Jonathan Grainger , a psychologist at the French Center for National Research and at Aix-Marseille University in France who was the study’s first author.
6 March 2012 Last updated at 12:04 The brown bear scrubbed its face using a barnacle-covered rock
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Editor’s Note: Today’s post, coming appropriately after yesterday’s post on human intuitions about memory , comes from Felicity Muth who blogs at Not Bad Science , and tweets as @FelicityMuth . This post, while it can certainly stand alone, is meant to be read after reading Felicity’s contribution to The Guest Blog .
Can dogs pretend? This is the question I asked yesterday, prompted by Sheril’s story :
You enter a room with two cages. One contains a friend, who is clearly distressed. The other contains a bar of chocolate, which clearly isn’t.
By Ed Yong | December 14, 2011 | 13 Comments There is an old story about a scorpion and a turtle.
Video: Dingo moves table to snag treat A captive dingo has been caught on camera moving a table to use it as a step stool to reach a tasty morsel. It is a rare example of an animal solving a complex problem, though strictly speaking it is not true tool use.
Zoologger is our weekly column highlighting extraordinary animals – and occasionally other organisms – from around the world
Video of the Week #19, November 30th, 2011 From: Land-Walking Octopus Explained by Katherine Harmon at Octopus Chronicles . Original source: Fitzgerald Marine Reserve