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Animals and plants

Scientist: Australia’s feral cats should be eradicated

Cats take food from native animals and cause havoc for the natural ecosystem in Australia.

Bronze Age traders brought new animal species to Denmark

People have unwittingly influenced the spread of foreign animals for more than 2,000 years.

Giant skates almost extinct in Scandinavia

A new study shows that skates, sharks, and sturgeon are the most threatened fish in Europe.

Bacteria thrive on methane deep beneath the Antarctic Ice Sheet

For the first time, scientists have direct observations of methane-eating bacteria in a subglacial lake in Antarctica. The study also provides evidence of increased methane production below the ice sheet.

Tiny bird’s poo has tremendous impact on Greenland’s nature

The little auk can affect the living conditions for a range of animals in Northwest Greenland, shows new research.

A mystery of secret eel migration solved

A team of scientists have mapped the eels’ 5,000 kilometre long journey, but the study leaves even more questions about how eels migrate from Europe to the Sargasso Sea.

Ants developed agriculture 50 million years ago

We humans often see ourselves as the pioneers of farming but it is actually ants who led the way, millions of years ahead of us.

Ants make medicine out of tree sap and fungi

Ants vaccinate each other against diseases and make medicine out of tree sap.

5,000-year-old cob reveals the origins of corn

Genetic analyses of a 5,000-year-old corncob shows how early farmers modified what would go on to become one of the world’s most important crops.

Animal teeth record how species live and die

New technique uses animals’ teeth to see how their environment changed throughout their lives.