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Department of Zoology

 

New baylissi chameleon

7 August 2013

Recently a host of new species have been discovered from Mt. Mabu in northern Mozambique as part of a RBGKew Darwin Initiative award entitled Monitoring and Managing Biodiversity Loss on South-East Africa's Montane Ecosystems’.

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Life in the rainforest

7 August 2013

PhD student Tim Cockerill recounts his adventures in the northern Borneo rainforest on the Planet Earth podcast.

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Swarming locusts need larger brains

7 August 2013

Desert locusts are infamous for their swarming behaviour when they migrate en masse and consume everything in their path, but usually they occur in a form that actively avoids other locusts and live solitary existences. Which one of these lifestyles poses bigger challenges and requires more brain power?

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A bird’s eye view of how cuckoos fool their hosts

7 August 2013

Using field experiments in Africa and a new computer model that gives them a bird’s eye view of the world, Dr Claire Spottiswoode and Dr Martin Stevens have discovered how a bird decides whether or not a cuckoo has laid an egg in its nest.

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Report on pedigree dog breeding

7 August 2013

Professor Sir Patrick Bateson was commissioned by the Dogs Trust and Kennel Club of Great Britain to produce a report on the breeding of pedigree dogs in this country.

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Quest for missing sculpture

2 August 2013

The Department would still very much like to find the Maurice Lambert sculpture of sea creatures (pictured below), which went missing when the Arup building (currently under refurbishment) was added to the New Museums Site in the late 1960s. Please contact Paula McPhee if you have any information. Paula’s detective work in...

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Part II Zoology student wins first round of University Challenge

30 July 2013

Students representing Trinity College did battle with Christ Church Oxford on University Challenge last night, winning a place in the second round.

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Aboriginal Australians were first explorers

29 July 2013

An old lock of hair has enabled researchers to sequence the genome of an Aboriginal Australian, and show that modern Aboriginal Australians are direct descendants of the first people to arrive there.

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A Closer Look at Counterfeit Eggs

29 July 2013

Researchers in the Department of Zoology have a long history of studying the common cuckoo, the well-known brood parasite that lays its eggs in the nests of other species.

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Cuckoo named after Professor Nick Davies

12 July 2013

Professor Nick Davies has had a cuckoo named after him as part of the British Trust for Ornithology's cuckoo tracking project.

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