Too many white men: scientists portrayed in common biology textbooks are not representative of their target audience, the student population.
📄 Wood et al (2020) A scientist like me: demographic analysis of biology textbooks reveals both progress and long-term lags. Proc R Soc lond B 287:20200877 dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2020.0

: practical recommendations for research on wild animals.
📄 Soulsbury et al (2020) The welfare and ethics of research involving wild animals: A primer. Methods in Ecology and Evolution dx.doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.1

Mike Tyson effect in social insect: wasps rely on public information to assess their opponent's strength before engaging in a .
📄 Tibbetts et al (2020) Wasps use social eavesdropping to learn about individual rivals. Current Biology dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2020.

Compared with many animal species, we are essentially color-blind, deaf and anosmic. Many fish and bird species have far better than us. Here is a new example in .
📄 Stoddard et al (2020) Wild hummingbirds discriminate nonspectral colors. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.191937

Males are rarely involved in parental care in nature, with the notable exception of species. This is possibly linked with external eggs fertilization.
🔗 nytimes.com/article/fathers-da

More than half of the 360 living species of and are threatened with .
📄 Stanford et al (2020) Turtles and tortoises are in trouble. Current Biology dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2020.

Beware of STRANGE: very sensible recommendations for increasing in animal studies.
📄 Webster & Rutz (2020) How STRANGE are your study animals? Nature 582:337–340 dx.doi.org/10.1038/d41586-020-

Ecological interactions between species are incredibly complex, but they also share striking similarities with the computer game . Recent success of deep learning in this game arouses interest in .
📄 Barbe et al (2020) Artificial intelligence accidentally learned ecology through video games. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 35:557–560 dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2020

production by is expected to be balanced with even proportion of y-chromosome bearing (leading to son in ). This new study in shows that sperm can be tweaked in response to sexual competition.
📄 Firman et al. (2020) Sperm sex ratio adjustment in a mammal: perceived male competition leads to elevated proportions of female-producing sperm. Biology Letters 16:20190929 dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2019.0

In front of puzzle boxes, wild cockatoo are as smart as captive ones, but far less interested in these lab toys.
📄 Rössler et al (2020) Using an Innovation Arena to compare wild-caught and laboratory Goffin’s cockatoos. Scientific Reports 10:1–12 dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-

Life span increases with social integration, a review based on long-term studies in mammals.
Snyder-Mackler et al. (2020) Social determinants of health and survival in humans and other animals. Science 368:eaax9553 dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.aax

Impressive underwater in : they produce sounds called "antennal rasps" which propagate over several hundreds meters.
📄 Jézéquel et al. (2020) Spiny lobster sounds can be detectable over kilometres underwater. Scientific Reports 10:1–11 dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-

thesis in behavioural ecology in , France. We are looking for candidates. Subject: Alternative reproductive tactics in structured populations of invasive fish species.
🔗 e2m2.universite-lyon.fr/medias

Puppet master: when parasites manipulate the behaviour of their hosts. Our new meta-analysis on the subject. Congratulation to Marion for this nice work.
📄 Fayard et al(2020) Magnitude and direction of parasite-induced phenotypic alterations: a meta-analysis in acanthocephalans. Biological Reviews:brv.12606 dx.doi.org/10.1111/brv.12606

Which animal scares you the most? Contribute to a serious worldwide scientific study about the relationship between Man and Nature. Kids are also invited to contribute (no ugly picture).
🔗 biodiful.org

Are we constantly but subconsciously smelling each other? Excellent special issue of Phil.Trans.R.Soc on chemical communication in human.
Roberts et al. (2020) Human olfactory communication: current challenges and future prospects royalsocietypublishing.org/toc

Adaptive function of tusk: hyperallometric scaling suggests that tusk length is an exaggerated trait under sexual selection.
📄 Graham et al. (2020) The longer the better: evidence that narwhal tusks are sexually selected. Biology Letters 16:20190950 dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2019.0

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