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Ancient bowhead whales bucked the trend to survive the last Ice Age, scientists say.
The government admits going slowly on protecting wildlife in the seas because of the costs involved.
Changes to their surroundings can trigger "rapid evolution" in species as they adopt traits to help them survive in the new conditions, a study shows.
A new DNA database is being set up to hold genetic information on all the rhinoceros horn in the UK in an attempt to stop its theft and trade.
The call of the gelada monkey shares surprising similarities with some features found in human speech, scientists find.
Young horned ghost crabs change their appearance from day to night for camouflage from predators, a study reveals.
The UK government should introduce a moratorium on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides linked to the deaths of bees, a report by MPs says.
Dozens of golden eagle and other rare bird nests may have been destroyed in Highland wildfires, experts warn.
Scientists at the University of Liverpool are comparing ancient 15-million-year-old horse fossils with the bones of modern racehorses to out why horses legs can be prone to fracture.
Nineteenth Century tools made from sharks' teeth suggest that two species of shark used to populate the Central Pacific Ocean but are no longer present.
Female octopuses go to extra lengths when stretching arms to reach food.
Lone cranes are 'playing around' when they put on a show.
Sea hares fool hungry predators with a sticky secretion that deactivates their sense of smell, scientists say.
How a lack of Arctic summer sea ice may put the future of polar bears at risk.
Commonly used pesticides are damaging the brains of honey bees and affecting their ability to learn, two studies suggest.
The first wild beaver in more than 400 years is trapped at a Perthshire nature reserve in order to perform health checks and a DNA test.
Author Sir Terry Pratchett revisits Borneo to consider the fate of his beloved, endangered orangutans.
As bears and humans increasingly cross paths, wildlife researchers in Colorado are tagging the beasts to track their unpredictable behaviour.
Falcons rapidly evolved their renowned hunting skills in an evolutionary race to survive, a study finds.
A nine-year-old girl from the Isle of Wight has a prehistoric flying beast whose fossilised bones she found named after her.