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BLOG: Interview with a Vampire – Exploring the Predatory Bacteria Bdellovibrio

With the air of Halloween still lingering, this Monday the audience at the Museum of Natural History found themselves captivated by a gruesome tale of vampiric creatures preying on their unsuspecting victims. In a fascinating seminar, Prof Liz Sockett (University of Nottingham) introduced us to an ancient “bloodsucker” whose violent delights have only started to come to light in the last 50 years: the predatory bacteria Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus.

Chimpanzees shown spontaneously 'taking turns' to solve number puzzle

A new study from Kyoto and Oxford universities and Indianapolis Zoo has shown chimpanzees spontaneously taking turns to complete a number sequencing task.

Previous studies have shown chimps working together in strictly alternating turn-taking scenarios. However, these results are the first to demonstrate that chimpanzees can cope with more complex permutations of turn-taking, with no external cues to help time their behaviour.

Aliens may be more like us than we think

Hollywood films and science fiction literature fuel the belief that aliens are monster-like beings, who are very different to humans. But new research suggests that we could have more in common with our extra-terrestrial neighbours, than initially thought.

BLOG: The Physiological Costs of Reproductive Effort in Male Primates

This Monday the Zoology department were treated to a stimulating seminar from Dr Alexander Georgiev featuring an insight into the male mating efforts of chimpanzees, the dominance hierarchies of Rhesus macaques, and a fascinating tale of the consequences of one male’s surprisingly assertive strategies.

How 14 Billion Dollars Protected Earth's Species

Billions of dollars of financial investment in global conservation has significantly reduced biodiversity loss, according to a new research led by Oxford University.

For twenty-five years, we have known that we need to spend more on nature conservation, or face a modern mass extinction as serious as that of the dinosaurs. But governments and donors have been unwilling to come up with the necessary budgets, often because there was little hard evidence that the money spent on conservation does any good.