Teaching young wolves new tricks: Wolves are considerably better imitators than dogs

Posted January 31, 2014

Although wolves and dogs are closely related, they show some striking differences. Scientists have undertaken experiments that suggest that wolves observe one another more closely than dogs and so are better at learning from one another. The scientists believe that cooperation among wolves is the basis of the understanding between dogs and humans.

Wallaby’s perception of color is more similar to a dog than a quokka

Posted January 30, 2014

Biologists have recently discovered that a wallaby's perception of color is more similar to a dog than a quokka, sparking questions as to why marsupial color vision has evolved so selectively. By developing a pokies-like game for the wallabies, the research was able to determine exactly what the animals saw and how their color perception differed from other species.

Scientists shine spotlight on Herdwick sheep origins

Posted January 29, 2014

A new study highlights surprising differences between Herdwick sheep and their closest neighboring UK upland breeds. The research is the first of its kind to compare the genetics of three commercially farmed breeds all concentrated in the same geographical region of the UK.