Hibernation: News from the Bear’s Den

Do bears really hibernate or do they enter a shallow form of torpor called winter sleep? True hibernation is particularly well understood in small mammals (i.e. ground squirrels), where core body temperatures drop to near freezing for Read More...

Timing is Everything

In social mammals, females often give birth synchronously, often within a few hours or days of one another. Among the most popular explanation for this phenomenon is the “prey swamping” hypothesis, which proposes that the survival Read More...

Does Hibernation Make You Dumb?

Studies of hibernating ground squirrels reveal that long periods at extremely reduced body temperature can alter the biochemistry of the brain and lead to temporary memory loss Read More...

Is the Golden Jackal Really a Wolf?

Golden jackals (Canis aureus) are found throughout northern and eastern Africa, the Middle East, southeastern Europe, and central, southern and western Asia. They exhibit a high degree of morphological variability across their range
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