By following honeyguides, a species of bird, people in Africa are able to locate bees’ nests to harvest honey. Research now reveals that humans use special calls to solicit the help of honeyguides and that honeyguides actively recruit appropriate human partners. This relationship is a rare example of cooperation between humans and free-living animals.
The writer Nan Shepherd (1893-1981), who was quietly acclaimed in her lifetime, is the face of a new Royal Bank of Scotland bank note. One of Shepherd’s staunchest supporters is Robert Macfarlane (Faculty of English), who wrote the introduction to her book about the Cairngorms.
The dottyback changes its colour to match surrounding damselfish species, enabling it to counter the defences of its damselfish prey by disguising itself as a harmless part of their community, then swoop in to hunt their young.
New research reveals that velcro-like cells on plant petals play a crucial role in helping bees grip flowers.
This year’s Darwin Lectures address the theme of life. Tonight’s speaker, Cambridge academic Dr Robert Macfarlane, will discuss “Life in Ruins” in art and literature. He will begin with a thought experiment, described below, and go on to explore the roles that ruins play in our hopes and fears.
How can we feed the world’s expanding population? Should we be using GM technologies more to boost the yield of our crops? How will global warming affect our food resources? If this type of question has ever occurred to you, now is your chance to get some answers, from leading experts in the field.
Just as afternoon tea is traditional in England but not in France, different groups of meerkats have different ways of doing things, Cambridge zoologists have found.