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Early evidence of use of a bit on domestic donkeys found in the Near East

Donkeys may have worn bits as early as the third millennium BCE, long before the introduction of horses in the ancient Near East, according to a study published May 16, 2018 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Haskel Greenfield from University of Manitoba, Canada, Aren Maeir from Bar-Ilan University, and colleagues.

Donkeys are known to...

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Worm-eating mice reveal how evolution works on islands

Australia has a bunch of kangaroo species, Madagascar has multiple species of lemurs, the Galapagos Islands have boulder-sized tortoises -- islands get lots of cool animals. That's because when animals are isolated on islands, they can evolve into strange new species found nowhere else on Earth. But what's the cut-off -- how small can an...

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Optimal age of puppy cuteness optimized

The popular meme proclaiming that all dogs are puppies assumes that humans' adoration of canines is not conditional on their age. But a new study led by Clive Wynne, professor of psychology and director of Arizona State University's Canine Science Collaboratory, suggests otherwise.

In a paper published this month in Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of the...

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Wasps drum to alert one another of food nearby

Or watched an old movie where a cook would ring a bell to let the cowboys know it was dinner time?

Turns out that humans aren't the only creatures that need to find creative ways to tell their loved ones and comrades about a meal on the table.

Benjamin Taylor, PhD, assistant professor of biology in the...

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