A New Primate Phylogeny Arrives

The age of genomics is upon us. And, by us I mean Primates. This week Perelman and 13 other colleagues released a comprehensive new phylogeny for Primates in PLoS Genetics (Perelman et al. 2011). The researchers sequenced Read More...

Caller ID in Goitred Gazelles

As their name implies, male goitred gazelles (Gazella subgutturosa) have a lump, resembling the human Adam’s apple, at the front of their necks. Females of the species have a smaller lump, reflecting their smaller larynx. Goitred gazelles are relatively vocal; they produce both oral and nasal calls. Males emit Read More...

Housing Bubble in Marsupial Tree Hollows

Extended families often live together under the same roof. Indeed, in many human societies even distant relatives (aunts, uncles, cousins) share the same dwelling. Less common (except for college students) is house sharing among unrelated individuals. Under what circumstances Read More...

Camera Trap Photos Released Into the Wild

Camera traps allow biologists to snap candid photos of secretive or rare animals that would otherwise not be observed. These photos are often grainy or show only the rump of a passing animal. Nevertheless, these images provide conservation biologists with Read More...

Predicting the Future: Wolverines and Climate Change

Mammalogists and conservation biologists are increasingly concerned about the impacts of climate change on distribution and abundance of threatened and endangered mammals. For example, recent changes in sea ice in the Arctic led Amstrup et al. (2010) to predict a loss of two-thirds of the world’s polar bear Read More...