A wolf's Howl in Miniature: Researchers Discover Mice Speak Similarly to Humans

Grasshopper mice (genus Onychomys), rodents known for their remarkably loud call, produce audible vocalizations in the same way that humans speak and wolves howl, according to new research Grasshopper mice employ both a traditional whistle-like mechanism used by other mice and rats and a unique airflow-induced tissue vibration like that of humans, according to Science Daily.

Researchers used heliox experiments, laryngeal and vocal tract morphological investigations and biomechanical modelling to investigate how grasshopper mice produce spectacular long-distance calls.

Dogs have been man's best friend for 40,000 years

Dogs have been man's best friend for up to 40,000 years, a major genetic study has found. According to Daily mail

A DNA analysis of the world's oldest known dog remains has revealed that dogs were domesticated in a single event by humans.

Instead, all modern dogs are thought to have descended from animals that were domesticated by people living in Eurasia from 20,000 to 40,000 years ago

Scientists agree that dogs stem from wolves.

Walking like ants gives spiders a chance

Humans aren't the only actors on the planet. To avoid being eaten, some jumping spiders pretend to be ants, according to Science Daily.

Ants are aggressive at defending themselves: They are well-armed with bites, stings and formic acid. Ant-mimicking jumping spiders -- Myrmarachne formicaria -- in contrast, can't do much more than run on their eight legs when attacked. Not surprisingly, insect predators tend to prefer spiders over ants, so appearing to be an ant confers significant protection.

Studying how bats hunt in flight

For the first time, researchers are studying how bats manoeuvre when they capture their prey in flight, according to Science Daily.

Biologists, are studying how long-eared bats manoeuvre when they hunt and catch prey, such as insects. Per Henningsson, a researcher, said:

"The way bats perform in flight is a real feat, because it requires high precision at speed, and they must also consider wind, turbulence, foliage and other nearby obstacles," he says.

A twist in the Tail: Flying Fish Give Clues to 'Tandem Wing' Airplane Design

Ribbon halfbeak are a species of fish with the ability to fly above the sea surface -- but unlike true 'flying fish', they lack the necessary hind wing fins. So how do they fly? Dr Yoshinobu Inada says, "Investigating the design of ribbon halfbeak could provide useful information for the optimal design of tandem wing airplanes."

According to Science Daily, Dr Inada and his research team present new research on how these fish twist their bodies in order to take flight.