Most of us hope that we’ll only have to lose one set of teeth during our lifetime, but for most animals, replacing their teeth is just another fact of life. These so-called polyphyodont animals have
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Ripe for the Picking: Wild weeds may provide a new food source
The overgrown lots and sidewalks of California cities might not seem like a great place to seek out nutritious greens, but in a recent study published in PLOS ONE, Professor Philip Stark and his team
Insights from the daily grind: what koala and kangaroo teeth can tell us
In their recent study published in PLOS ONE, paleoecologist Larisa DeSantis and her team find out whether diet and climate have an effect on tooth wear in two species of kangaroo and one species of
CSI Tromsø: Where Forensics meets Vikings
Insect remains have their own tale to tell in the mystery that surrounds the Øsknes Viking burial boat, as Eva Pangiotakopulu and colleagues investigate in their recent PLOS ONE study. Over the years many
Country Food Sharing in the Canadian Arctic: Does it Feed the Neediest?
About 750 Inuit call Kangiqsujuaq, Nunavik, Canada on Quebec’s Ungava Peninsula, their remote, arctic home. Because there are no roads to their settlement, the Kangiqsujuarmiuts hunt, fish, and forage for most of their food.
Digging Deep into Walden Pond’s History
Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts is perhaps best known as the site of Henry David Thoreau’s experiment in living simply. However, the Walden Pond of Thoreau’s day and the Walden Pond of today differ vastly
Native invaders: a chink in the armour of ecological policy?
Invasive species are widely recognised as a major threat to the functioning of ecosystems and conservation of wildlife in the 21st century. But while most biological invasions are associated with the introduction of alien species
Addressing healthcare needs of women and mothers to ensure a healthy future
The first National Women’s Day was observed in the United States on February 28th 1909 in honour of the garment worker’s strike of 1908, where women had protested against their working conditions. Now recognised and
Taking a piece of home with you: Farming fungi in a new Azteca ant colony
Moving to a new home is usually accompanied with a long to-do list, from painting the walls to unpacking boxes. For young queen Azteca ants however, one important job is to start growing fungus.
Wolves of the Sea: Killer Whales and the First Observed Predation on Beaked Whales in the Southern Hemisphere
Killer whales. The name alone is enough to strike fear in even the steeliest of hearts. Also known as orcas, these apex predators are sometimes referred to as “wolves of the sea” and are found
A Happy Lab Rat? Check the Ears!
What do you think of when you hear the term “lab rat”? Chances are, you might not picture an animal happily playing rough-and-tumble with a human handler and then coming back for more. Scientists have
What’s Warming the Cold-Blooded Iguana?
Now that dinosaurs no longer roam the Earth, scientists use modern animals to understand how their ancient ancestors reproduced, walked, and even how they regulated their body temperature. While researchers continue to debate about how
On the 12 Days of Science, PLOS ONE Gave to Me…
It’s starting to get colder in San Francisco, and the year-end holidays are soon to be upon us. This has made all of us on the PLOS ONE team excited to spend some time with
A New Fossil Lace Bug with Unusual Antennae Joins the “Big” Club
Have you ever seen a lace bug? Don’t let their pretty name fool you—even though they’re dainty as a doily, they’re tough little bugs. You may have encountered lace bugs in your garden or on
Heads Up! Earliest Decapitation Case Found In Brazil
Heads were rolling in the Americas much earlier than previously thought. A recently published study in PLOS ONE uncovers a case of ritual decapitation that took place over 9000 years ago, in the