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23 Oct 2013

Female spiders prefer the sperm of gift-bearing males

Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Research published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society B has provided evidence that females prefer males who bring them gifts- at least in the case of the nursery web spider.

09 Oct 2013

Bacteria ‘hijack’ human immune system

Open Biology

Research published today in Royal Society Journal Open Biology presents a major new insight into the way bacteria co-exist with or attack humans.

02 Oct 2013

Ants investigate the housing market when searching for their ideal home

Biology Letters

Research published today in Royal Society Journal Biology Letters reveals that ants consider the value of their property when searching for a new home.

25 Sep 2013

The ‘in-law effect’ – male fruit flies sleep around but females keep it in the family

Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Male fruit flies like to have a variety of sexual partners, whereas females prefer to stick with the same mate – or move on to his brothers, according to research published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

18 Sep 2013

Why is language unique to humans?

Journal of the Royal Society Interface

New research published today in Journal of the Royal Society Interface suggests that human language was made possible by the evolution of particular psychological abilities.

04 Sep 2013

Researchers rewrite Early Egyptian timeline

Proceedings of the Royal Society A

For the first time, a team of scientists and archaeologists has been able to set a robust timeline for the first eight dynastic rulers of Egypt, as revealed in Proceedings of the Royal Society A today.

28 Aug 2013

First in situ observations of deep-sea squid species reveal unique use of tentacles

Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Research published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B today details the first in situ observations of the deep-sea squid Grimalditeuthis bonplandi, revealing its unique method of prey capture.

21 Aug 2013

Human foot not as unique as originally thought

Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Research published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B today shows that the mechanisms of the human foot are not as unique as originally thought and have much more in common with the flexible feet of other great apes.

14 Aug 2013

Ancient mammal relatives cast light on recovery after mass extinction

Proceedings of the Royal Society B

A study of how the ancient relatives of modern mammals recovered after mass extinction, published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B today, raises fresh questions about the capacity for life to recover from cataclysmic events.

07 Aug 2013

Dolphins have longest social memories in non-human species

Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Dolphins can recognise their old friends' whistles after being separated for more than 20 years, the longest social memory ever recorded for a non-human species, according to a study published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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