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Inbreeding among mountain gorillas has no consequences

Scientists map entire genome of mountain gorillas and are surprised by what it reveals about inbreeding.

Only half of the land needed to secure wildlife biodiversity is protected: study

Thirty-four per cent of all land need to be protected if we are to maintain the Earth's biodiversity.

New method to detect toxin can replace animal testing

A chemical analysis can effectively detect botulism types, thus avoiding the need to sacrifice mice as part of the diagnostic process.

Denmark moves to ban bestiality -- but is sex with animals really so bad?

Is bestiality harmful to the animals? Not always, say Danish researchers and point to the fact that animals seem to enjoy sex and orgasms.

Fat makes pigs more social and less aggressive

A high-fat diet changes social behaviour, reveals new study. This should be considered when advising the public on nutrition, say researchers.

Reindeer mating – when it's good to be fat

Summer time is fattening time for reindeer bucks. If they fail to gain enough weight during these months, they can forget about mating in the autumn.

World’s fastest fish continues to impress

The sailfish is not only the world’s fastest swimmer. A new video reveals that its movements during hunting are the quickest ever seen in a marine animal.

Sperm whale language under scrutiny

A new project aims to decode the sperm whale’s communication system using the latest animal-borne acoustic technology.

Humans alone killed off the giant moa bird

New research reveals that the moa population were fit and healthy before humans started hunting the bird. In spite of this, it took less than 200 years before the gigantic bird had died out.

Map outlines global hotpots of bycatch intensity

Fishery bycatch poses a great threat to various endangered species, and to ecosystems in general. Scientists have now mapped out the problem.