Author Archives: rikkigumbs

About rikkigumbs

A postgraduate student in Ethology, with an interest in Life, The Universe and Everything.

Last chance to see…the other Yangtze cetacean

“‘Well, we might at least see a finless porpoise,’ he said. ‘They’re not as rare as the dolphins, are they?’” Almost a quarter of a century after Douglas Adams alerted the world to the plight of the Yangtze’s critically endangered baiji, declared … Continue reading

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The wild nature of Us

It has been brought to my attention by several people over the past seven-or-so years that the consideration of modern humans as ‘wild’ animals is not ubiquitous amongst ‘learned’ individuals. The answer to this – whether or not humans can … Continue reading

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Corvids: The Avian Equivalent of Primates

Ravens (Corvus corax), and corvids in general, are renowned for their repertoire of ‘intelligent’ behaviour, including tool use and complex sociality. Research published online today describes a previously unknown facet of raven behaviour. The use of referential gestures, such as holding … Continue reading

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Snake Bite Produces Pain

In a paper published in last week’s Nature, researchers have identified a toxin in the venom of the Texan coral snake (Micrurus tener tener) that directly induces pain in bite victims. The toxin, known as MitTx, has been observed to activate … Continue reading

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Curiosity Lifts Off!! (Pun Intended)

As this is my first post I’ll keep it short, but what better time to start blogging my thoughts on the latest activity in science than today? Unless you’ve been hiding under a Martian rock, in which case you will … Continue reading

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