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An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
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Video: Cricket Weapon Doubles as Mate Catcher
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Camel crickets (Pristoceuthophilus marmoratus) use the same appendage to make love and war. The wingless southern California insects battle other males by clamping them between their modified hind legs, which carry two large spines (see video). When the fighting is over, the crickets use the same appendage to grab and hold females for mating, researchers report online this month in Ethology. Males preferentially employ the tactic on non-virgin females, who don't show as much interest in mating as virgin females. That helps them increase their mating success, with both willing and unwilling females.
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