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Migratory birds adapt by moving north
Published on:14 September 2023

In an article that was published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution on 14 September, Biologists from the University of Groningen show how European pied flycatchers can adapt to climate change.

Mutation rates in whales are much higher than previously reported
Published on:31 August 2023

An international team of marine scientists, led by the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and the Center for Coastal Studies in the USA, has studied the DNA of family groups from four different whale species to estimate their mutation rates. Using the newly determined rates, the group found that the number of humpback whales in the North Atlantic before whaling was 86 percent lower than earlier studies suggested.

Picky green sea turtle has travelled to the same place to eat for generations
Published on:18 July 2023

For approximately 3,000 years, generations of green sea turtles have returned to the same seagrass meadows to eat. This highlights the importance of protecting seagrass meadows along the coasts of North Africa.

What fruit flies can tell us about being social
Published on:05 July 2023

Professor of neurogenetics Jean-Christophe Billeter is convinced that all life is in essence social, even that of fruit flies

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