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Birds' V formation mystery 'solved'

16th January 2014
Scientists say they have solved the mystery of why birds fly in a V formation, by tracking critically endangered birds that were being trained to migrate.

Trade deal may weaken shark fin ban

16th January 2014
A new free trade agreement involving the US and Pacific nations could water down a global ban on removing the fins from sharks.

How the scorpion got its sting

15th January 2014
The sting in a scorpion's tail has been traced back to a single defensive protein, according to scientists.

Lions 'facing extinction in West Africa'

14th January 2014
There has been a catastrophic collapse in the number of lions in West Africa, with only around 400 left in the region, a new survey suggests.

Iconic fossil's rear parts described

14th January 2014
Scientists finally get to describe the back end of Tiktaalik, a keystone fossil that illustrates the transition of animal life from water to land more than 350 million years ago.

Flirting monkeys 'stone' their mates

14th January 2014
Female capuchin monkeys have been filmed throwing stones at potential mates as a form of flirtation.

Rare fungus discovered in Scotland

13th January 2014
A rare fungus is discovered for the first time in Scotland, near a former war hospital in Edinburgh.

Fierce fish catch swallows in flight

13th January 2014
African tigerfish have been filmed by scientists catching swallows in flight.

Rhino hunt permit auctioned in US

12th January 2014
A permit to kill an endangered black rhino in Namibia is sold at auction in the US state of Texas, despite protests and death threats.

Oldest flowering plant sex evidence

10th January 2014
The oldest evidence of sexual reproduction in a flowering plant - dating back 100 million years - has been found in Burma.

Majority of big beasts in decline

10th January 2014
Lions, wolves, bears and other big meat-eating animals are rapidly declining around the world say scientists.

Power line perches boost US ravens

10th January 2014
New research suggests that ravens in the western US are making their homes on electricity poles in unprecedented numbers.

Penguins beat ice cliffs to breed

9th January 2014
Emperor penguins display some unexpected breeding behaviour in the Antarctic that could mean they are much more resilient to environmental change than previously recognised.

Animals' contagious Mexican wave

9th January 2014
Prairie dogs perform a contagious "Mexican wave" which researchers think helps them to look out for predators.

EU bee shortage threatens crops

9th January 2014
Europe's honeybees are struggling to keep crops pollinated because of a growing demand for biofuel.

Great whites 'live for 70 years'

9th January 2014
One of the ocean's great predators - the great white shark - lives significantly longer than was previously thought, with animals capable of getting into their 70s.

Two conjoined whales found in Mexico

9th January 2014
Mexican officials say fishermen have found two 'exceptionally rare' conjoined gray whale calves in Baja California.

'Unique' bird migration discovered

9th January 2014
A tracking device which weighs less than a paperclip helps scientists uncover one of the world's great bird migrations.

Bird survey assesses light pollution

8th January 2014
Public asked to take part in a sunrise garden bird survey to measure the effect of light pollution on urban birds.

Australia protests over shark 'cull'

4th January 2014
Thousands of people take to the beaches to protest against plans by the government of Western Australia to kill large sharks off Perth beaches.