Fundamental bioscience news
A team of biologists has identified a set of nerve cells in desert locusts that bring about ‘gang-like’ gregarious behaviour when they are forced into a crowd. Dr Swidbert Ott from the University of Leicester’s Department of Biology, working with Dr Steve Rogers at the University of Sydney, Australia, has published a study…
How birds evolved to have characteristics including feathers, flight and song is revealed with new clarity in a major study of their family tree. The international study charts a burst of evolution that took place after the mass extinction of dinosaurs, 66 million years ago.
Birds learn new foraging techniques by observing others in their social network, ‘copycat’ behaviour that can sustain foraging ‘traditions’ that last years, according to a study of how innovations spread and persist in wild great tits (Parus major).