Green wood hoopoe, By DickDaniels, CC, Wikimedia commons Zoology 

Birds Bond After Team Fights

As any fan of Hitchcock knows, birds often work together and, when threatened by rivals, are capable of marshaling their troops to defend resources.  Now, researchers from the University of Bristol have found that clashes between rival bird groups have a long-lasting impact on the birds’ behaviour, causing them to bond after team fights. Biologists Dr. Andy Radford and Dr. Tim Fawcett have been studying the social behaviour of green woodhoopoes in Sub-Saharan Africa. Following a territorial conflict with their neighbors, victorious green woodhoopoes will unite at nightfall. Such disputes…

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Sacramento Valley Red Fox (Ben Sacks, UC Davis) Biology Zoology 

Red Fox Genome Examined

Researchers at University of California, Davis are studying the genome of the red fox, the world’s most widely distributed land carnivore. Some surprising findings about the origins, journey and evolution of the red fox have come to light. The new genetic research suggests that the first red foxes originated in the Middle East before beginning their journey of colonization across Eurasia to Siberia, across the Bering Strait and into North America. Reproductively speaking, the red foxes of North America and Eurasia have been almost entirely isolated from one another for around 400,000 years.…

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