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Bats use Blood for Tongue Erections and Better Feeding

Pallas's Long-tongued Bat (Glossophaga soricina). Credit: Bernard Dupont ( The Pallas's long-tongued bat uses blood to change the shape of its mop-like tongue as it feeds in mid-air, researchers have discovered.

May 6, 2013 — Becky Crew

New Skin-Feeding Amphibian Found in French Guiana

Microcaecilia dermatophaga. Credit: Wilkinson, Sherratt, et. al. A new species of skin-feeding amphibian has been discovered in French Guiana. Named Microcaecilia dermatophaga , it joins just three other caecilian species whose young have been observed to regularly feed on their mother's skin.Amphibians can be pretty good parents, committing themselves to various guarding, transporting and feeding behaviours to foster their offspring.

April 17, 2013 — Becky Crew

Sea hares thwart spiny lobster attack with goo

Credit: Genevieve Anderson The gooey ink secretions of sea hares do more than just repel or distract their predators; scientists have discovered that this sticky substance can also mask their senses of smell and taste.Sea hares (genus Aplysia ) are large, herbivorous mollusks that are closely related to sea slugs and nudibranchs.

March 30, 2013 — Becky Crew

Two new species of mouse lemur found in Madagascar

Caught on camera for the first time, this image shows the newly identified Marohita mouse lemur. Credit: Peter Kappeler Genetic analysis has revealed the existence of two new species of Madagascan mouse lemur, bringing the total number of recognised species to 20.Weighing less than 100 g and rarely stretching more than 28 cm, tail included, mouse lemurs are the smallest primate in the world.

March 26, 2013 — Becky Crew

Prehistoric ghost shark Helicoprion's spiral-toothed jaw explained

Artist conception of Helicoprion by Ray Troll. Credit: Ray Troll After a century of colourful guesses, CT scans have revealed what's really going on inside the nightmarish jaw of Helicoprion, a large, 270 million-year-old cartilaginous fish with an elaborate whorl of teeth set in the middle of its mouth.In 1899, Russian geologist, Alexander Petrovich Karpinsky, gave this six-metre-long fish the name Helicoprion, meaning "spiral saw", based on a fragmentary fossil found in Kazakhstan.

February 27, 2013 — Becky Crew

Dogs recognise other dogs in a crowd

Even though many breeds look very different from each other, dogs can still recognise other dogs' faces, and categorise them separately from non-dog species.

February 18, 2013 — Becky Crew

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