An innovative use of tool-making was recently observed in a captive population of greater vasa parrots. It turns out these resourceful birds make tools to grind seashells into nutritious calcium powder.
A study on a breed of farmbirds known as Plymouth Rock chickens suggests evolutionary differences can be observed on a much shorter time scale than previously thought.
Artifacts collected from a Late Neolithic monument known as Durrington Walls suggests Stonehenge builders had organized feasts and maintained a diet rich in animal producst.
A species of wood ants observed in the North York Moors National Park, UK, are thriving in forests where non-native trees have been planted over the past 60 years. This suggests that we could help forest-dependent species rebuild their homes.
University of York biologists are now able to better understand the toxicity of TNT left in plants at military and other sites where explosives were used. This could lead to new herbicides to remedy areas contaminated by those explosives.