Scientists Grow Mice Embryos in a Mechanical Womb

Biologists have long held that a fetus needs a living uterus to develop. Maybe not anymore.

#israel, #mammals, #mice, #nature-journal, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #tissue-human, #uterus

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Protecting Lions Helps the Whole Food Chain? Actually, We Don’t Know.

The assumption that adding apex predators to wildlife parks in South Africa benefits smaller animals is in need of more testing, scientists say.

#biodiversity, #conservation-of-resources, #lions, #mammals, #proceedings-of-the-royal-society-b-journal, #research, #south-africa, #travel-and-vacations, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Meet the Newest Member of the Fluorescent Mammal Club

The springhare — whose coat glows a patchy pinkish-orange under UV light — joins the platypus and other mammals with this perplexing trait.

#biology-and-biochemistry, #mammals, #research, #rodents, #ultraviolet-light, #your-feed-science

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A Question Hidden in the Platypus Genome: Are We the Weird Ones?

Researchers have produced the most comprehensive platypus genome yet, as well as that of another monotreme, an echidna.

#australia, #evolution-biology, #genetics-and-heredity, #mammals, #platypus, #research, #your-feed-science

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How Did Mistletoe Get Into the Treetops?

Before someone hung it up in your home, some animal had to get it into the canopies where it thrives to this day.

#american-naturalist-the-journal, #christmas, #evolution-biology, #mammals, #mistletoe, #research, #trees-and-shrubs, #your-feed-science

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More Mammals Are Hiding Their Secret Glow

First it was platypuses. Now we may be dealing with glowing Tasmanian devils, echidnas and wombats.

#animal-behavior, #australia, #biology-and-biochemistry, #mammals, #research, #tasmanian-devils, #ultraviolet-light, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Novel Brain Surgery Seeks to Reverse Epilepsy in Sea Lion

Cronutt, like a growing number of ocean mammals, developed seizures because of toxins in the water. Scientists hope the pioneering procedure he underwent this week could help.

#animal-behavior, #brain, #epilepsy, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #mammals, #sea-lions, #seizures-medical, #six-flags-great-adventure, #surgery-and-surgeons, #university-of-california-san-francisco, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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What Happened to South America’s Missing Mega-Mammals?

South America is filled with mammals from North America, but why more didn’t survive the reverse trip has been a natural history mystery.

#endangered-and-extinct-species, #mammals, #north-america, #panama, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #sloths-animals, #south-america, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Beaked Whale Shatters Record With 3 Hour 42 Minute Dive

Scientists still don’t know how the marine mammals go so long without air.

#anatomy-and-physiology, #animal-behavior, #biology-and-biochemistry, #diving-and-divers, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #journal-of-experimental-biology, #mammals, #marine-biology, #north-carolina, #oceans-and-seas, #research, #whales-and-whaling, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Extinction Is Not Inevitable. These Species Were Saved.

Conservation efforts have saved up to 48 mammal and bird species since 1993, but scientists say much more is needed to stem biodiversity loss.

#biodiversity, #birds, #conservation-letters-journal, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #horses, #mammals, #research, #united-nations-convention-on-biological-diversity, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Nature’s Noisiest Liars Carry Secrets in Their Calls

Many mammals that have loud calls to deceive other animals seem to have a particular learning style in common.

#biology-letters-journal, #elephants, #evolution-biology, #koalas, #mammals, #reproduction-biological, #seals-animals-and-sealing, #voice-and-speech, #your-feed-science

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How a Saber-Tooth Marsupial Blinded Us With Its Bite

The extinct South American animal made us believe it was as fierce as a saber-tooth cat, but a new study suggests it was a mere scavenger.

#argentina, #cats, #mammals, #marsupials, #paleontology, #peerj-journal, #research, #skull-body-part, #south-america, #teeth-and-dentistry, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Elephants Really Can’t Hold Their Liquor

Humans and other species have a gene mutation that lets them digest alcohol. In other species, it’s missing.

#alcoholic-beverages, #biology-letters-journal, #elephants, #ethanol, #evolution-biology, #fruit, #genetics-and-heredity, #janiak-mareike, #mammals, #melin-amanda, #research, #your-feed-science

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