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DNA unlocks a new understanding of coral

A new study challenges more than 200 years of coral classification. Researchers say the 'traditional' method does not accurately capture the differences between species or their evolutionary relationships. They developed a new genetic tool to help better understand and ultimately work to s Read more

The surprising rhythms of Leopards: Females are early birds, males are nocturnal

After 10 months of camera surveillance in the Tanzanian rainforest, researchers have concluded that female and male leopards are active at very different times of the day. The discovery contradicts previous assumptions and could be used to help protect the endangered feline, whose populations have d Read more

More cats might be COVID-19 positive than first believed, study suggests

A newly published study looking at cats in Wuhan, where the first known outbreak of COVID-19 began, shows more cats might be contracting the disease than first believed. Read more

Researchers identify five types of cat owner

Cat owners fall into five categories in terms of their attitudes to their pets' roaming and hunting, according to a new study. Read more

Serengeti leopard population densities healthy but vary seasonally, study finds

A study of camera-trap data from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania found that leopard population densities in the 3.7-million-acre park are similar to those in other protected areas but vary between wet and dry seasons. The fluctuations appear to be driven by the abundance of prey and how this aff Read more

Antiviral used to treat cat coronavirus also works against SARS-CoV-2

Researchers are preparing to launch clinical trials of a drug used to cure a deadly disease caused by a coronavirus in cats that they expect will also be effective as a treatment for humans against COVID-19. Read more

Animal mummies unwrapped with hi-res 3D X-rays

Three mummified animals from ancient Egypt have been digitally unwrapped and dissected by researchers, using high-resolution 3D scans that give unprecedented detail about the animals' lives -- and deaths -- over 2000 years ago. The three animals - a snake, a bird and a cat - are from the collec Read more

Key to harmonious pet relationships: Pheromones

We are all familiar with the old adage 'fighting like cats and dogs', but a new scientific study now reveals how you can bid farewell to those animal scraps and foster a harmonious relationship between your pet pooch and feline friend. Read more

Dangerous parasite controls host cell to spread around body

Researchers have discovered new information about how a dangerous parasite takes control of a patient's cells as it spreads throughout their body, an important finding that could help in the development of new drugs to treat this infection. Read more

Care for cats? So did people along the Silk Road more than 1,000 years ago

Common domestic cats, as we know them today, might have accompanied Kazakh pastoralists as pets more than 1,000 years ago. This is indicated by new analyses done on an almost complete cat skeleton found during an excavation along the former Silk Road in southern Kazakhstan. An international research Read more

Long-term consequences of river damming in the Panama Canal

As the demand for hydroelectricity and water increases in the tropics, a team of scientists explores the natural impacts of one of world's oldest tropical dams. Read more

Bizarre saber-tooth predator from South America was no saber-tooth cat

A new study has shown that not all saber-tooths were fearsome predators. Read more

African lion counts miss the mark, but new method shows promise

The current technique used for counting lion populations for research and conservation efforts doesn't add up, according to a researcher. He has been investigating new methods of photographing and reviewing data to count lions. Read more

How Toxoplasma parasites glide so swiftly

If you're a cat owner, you might have heard of Toxoplasma gondii, a protozoan that sometimes infects humans through contact with contaminated feces in litter boxes. Although harmless to most people, T. gondii can cause serious illness or death in immunocompromised individuals or fetuses of infe Read more

On the hunt for megafauna in North America

Research has found that pre-historic climate change does not explain the extinction of megafauna in North America at the end of the last Ice Age. Read more

Why cats have more lives than dogs when it comes to snakebite

Cats are twice as likely to survive a venomous snakebite than dogs, and the reasons behind this strange phenomenon have just been revealed. The research team compared the effects of snake venoms on the blood clotting agents in dogs and cats, hoping to help save the lives of our furry friends. Read more

Pine martens like to have neighbors -- but not too near

Pine martens need neighbors but like to keep their distance, according to new research. Read more