Winners of the 2016 Journal of Zoology ‘Paper of the Year’ award – Timothy Thurman and Brett Seymoure

We congratulate Timothy Thurman and Brett Seymoure for winning the 2016 'Paper of the Year' award for their article entitled 'A Bird’s Eye View of Two Mimetic Tropical Butterflies: Coloration Matches Predator’s Sensitivity', an interesting and innovative article that exemplifies high-quality zoological research. It is now becoming an amusing tradition for the award winners to... Continue Reading →

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What drives variability in kangaroo milk composition?

Size, season and offspring sex affect milk composition and juvenile survival in wild kangaroos Louise Quesnel, Allison MacKay, David M. Forsyth, Kevin R. Nicholas, and Marco Festa-Bianchet   Maternal care in mammals has long interested biologists. Evolutionary ecologists hope to better understand the adaptive mechanisms underlying lactation, including what causes differences in milk provisioning, including... Continue Reading →

Puma predation of dangerous prey

Stage-dependent puma predation on dangerous prey L.M. Elbroch, J Feltner, and H.B. Quigley; Journal of Zoology, Volume 302, Issue 3, Pages 164-170, July 2017   I found the fresh footprints of a subadult male puma not one mile from the typically bustling headquarters of the High Lonesome Ranch in western Colorado, USA. But it was... Continue Reading →

Offspring transportation in poison frogs: tadpoles approach adult frogs to escape competition and cannibalism

Poison frog tadpoles seek parental transportation to escape their cannibalistic siblings Lisa M. Schulte and Michael Mayer. (2017) Journal of Zoology, DOI: 10.1111/jzo.12472 Parental care can be found in many different animal taxa and it is highly beneficial for the survival of the offspring. This is also the case for Neotropical poison frogs: most species... Continue Reading →

Recluse spiders and their highly modified, self-sufficient spinning apparatus

Recluse spiders produce flattened silk rapidly using a highly modified, self-sufficient spinning apparatus I. L. F. Magalhaes, A. M. Ravelo, C. L. Scioscia, A. V. Peretti, P. Michalik and M. J. Ramírez. (2017) Journal of Zoology, DOI: 10.1111/jzo.12462   Silk is one of the most fascinating biological materials – it can be as tough as steel, and twice as elastic. This remarkable... Continue Reading →

Morpho-dynamics and early development of interlimb coordination in baboons

Intrinsic limb morpho-dynamics and the early development of interlimb coordination of walking in a quadrupedal primate F. Druelle, G. Berillon and P. Aerts; Journal of Zoology, Volume 301, Issue 3, pages 235–247, March 2017 The development toward locomotor autonomy is a long journey for primate (altricial) species. Although the process is multidimensional, the mechanical properties of the changing... Continue Reading →

New Journal of Zoology Podcast

A new episode of the Journal of Zoology podcast is now available and you can listen to it here. In this episode, Travis DeVault talks to us about their experiment testing whether bird collisions with vehicles are affected by experience, we will learn from Fanny Ruhland about the brain of tarantulas and whether they show behavioural or morphological left-right... Continue Reading →

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