Evolution and Ecology

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Baby Pterodactyls Could Fly from Birth

It has been newly discovered that pterodactyls, extinct flying reptiles, had a remarkable ability – they could fly from birth. This discovery’s importance is highlighted by the fact that no other living vertebrates, or in the history of life as we know it, is able to replicate this. This...

Could climate change cause infertility?

A number of plant and animal species could find it increasingly difficult to reproduce if climate change worsens and global temperatures become more extreme – a stark warning highlighted by new scientific research. The scientific community has long held an understanding about the effect of temperature on sperm production...

Garden Seed Influences Young Turtle Doves’ Survival Chances

Young turtle doves raised on a diet of seeds from non-cultivated arable plants are more likely to survive after fledging than those relying on food provided in people’s gardens, new research into Britain’s fastest declining bird species has shown. Ecologists at the University of Lincoln, UK, investigated the dietary...