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Dominant meerkats render rivals infertile

When pregnant, dominant female meerkats subject their subordinates to escalating aggression and temporary eviction causing them to become overly stressed and as a result infertile, a new study finds. The new research reports that during the latter half of her pregnancy, the dominant female in a ...

Wild meerkats school their young

University of Cambridge scientists have discovered that older meerkats teach pups how to obtain food by incrementally introducing dead, injured and then live prey. Although learning per se wouldn't be surprising, whether wild mammals teach their young was still debated. The findings were publishe...

Honest crabs, power to the hungry, nice mice and clever meerkats: News from the American Naturalist

...tics in a sociably flexible mammal," 173:March meerkats AND THE EVOLUTION OF SPECIALIZED ALARM CALLS M...er and Marta Manser from the University of Zurich. meerkats have the ability to vary their alarm calls dependi...Manser suggest it has to do with social structure. meerkats are highly social creatures. They coordinate their...

Wasps queue for top job

...fety of its nest to forage for food." The defining feature of eusocial animals - including insects like bees, ants and wasps, and vertebrates like meerkats and the naked mole rat ?is that some individuals forgo their own reproduction to help rear the offspring of others. In hover wasps, helpers spend ...
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