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Flip for Flap: How ibis cooperate during migration flight

A new paper in PNAS by Bernhard Voelkl and colleagues reports a study on the social dynamics during bird migration flight. The authors tracked a flock of 14 critically endangered juvenile Northern bald ibis (Geronticus eremite on their first, southbound migration. GPS loggers were attached to each bird to record each individual’s position within the flock. Results reveal that individuals cooperate by taking turns in the energetically costly lead position of a V-shaped formation.

Lizards quickly adapt to chilly English climate

Lizards originally from balmy southern Europe have adapted to the colder English climate within a few decades, a study by Dr Tobias Uller at the Department of Zoology

Complex genetic ancestry of Americans uncovered

A paper published in Nature Communication by Cristian Capelli, Francesco Montinaro and colleagues describes the complex ancestry profiles of American populations. Populations from the Americas have been shown to retain genetic signatures related to several groups in Europe and Africa, mirroring the historical movements of people from these continents related to the Slave trade and the European colonisation. Contributions from the UK, Spain and other southern European populations have been highlighted, while African source populations were identified all across the continent.

Anomalocaridid trunk limb homology revealed by a giant filter-feeder with paired flaps

Anomalocaridids were bizarre, giant predators of the Cambrian seas. A paper published in Nature this week by Dr. Allison Daley and collaborators describes a more recent anomalocaridid from the Ordovician of Morocco. This early arthropod, Aegirocassis benmoulae, was a filter-feeder over two meters long. Evolving at a time when plankton in the world's oceans was diversifying, it foreshadows similar but convergent trends in sharks and whales.

Congratulations to

Tom Pizzari on being awarded the ZSL Scientific Medal in recognition of scientific merit.

Jen Perry on being awarded the Christopher Barnard Award for Outstanding Contributions by a New Investigator from the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour