Echolocation evolved multiple times in bats over millions of year. Yet the earliest bat ancestors probably didn't have this skill — or if they did, it was likely very primitive.
Efforts are underway to curb the outbreak.
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The virus is always present in nature and when circumstances allow, it may jump from one species to another.
Protests have rocked Yangon in Myanmar in the wake of a military coup on February 1.
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Plus we talk to an American virologist testing wild animals for COVID-19. Listen to episode 2 of The Conversation Weekly podcast.
A swarm of bats flies out of a cave near Phnom Sampeau, Cambodia.
A bat virus discovered a decade ago in Cambodia indicates that pangolin trafficking remains a credible explanation for the origin of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Vampire bats, a commonly deltavirus-infected host, feed on the blood of other mammals.
The genome of hepatitis D doesn’t resemble any known virus, making its origin a mystery. But by mining virus sequences from genetic datasets, a new study may have found the answer.
Jacques de Speville
Conflict between fruit-growers, the Mauritian government and conservationists has dragged on for years – it's time for a new approach.
Illicit endangered wildlife trade in Möng La, Shan, Myanmar.
To better anticipate and manage the emergence of new pandemics, a paradigm shift is needed to take into account the complex interactions between human health, animal health, the environment and the economy.
If we can pinpoint the origins of a virus, we can find out what factors led to it infecting humans. But viruses can emerge across the globe.
Investigating different factors influencing the behaviour of South African bat species contributes to our understanding of these understudied animals.
An Egyptian Fruit Bat in flight.
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This important discovery demonstrates that cognitive maps are not the exclusive domain of humans and a few other species.
Do bats hold the secret to defeating coronaviruses?
Up to 8,000 spectacled flying-foxes, around 12% of the species' population, will be forced to leave their home in central Cairns.
Pangolins have been found with covonaviruses that are genetically similar to the one afflicting humans today.
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Yellow fever, malaria and Ebola all spilled over from animals to humans at the edges of tropical forests. The new coronavirus is the latest zoonosis.
Industrial animal agriculture in our own backyard could very well be the cause of the next pandemic.
Animal suffering not only harms other species, it endangers our own. Here's how we can do better.
Bats are key pollinators and seed-spreaders, and keep pests away.
Bats get a lot of negative press, but they also make positive contributions to the environment and to our lives.
The Egyptian pipistrelle bat is one of seven bat species associated with spreading the coronavirus Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.
Bats have been the reservoir for recent disease outbreaks, including SARS and the current COVID-19 pandemic. But it's human activity that allows the virus to cross over.
Australian bats are getting unfairly targeted. Here’s why we should be giving them a fair go instead.
The pangolin, one of the most poached animals in the world, could have served as an intermediate host in the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 to humans.
Covid-19, like other major epidemics, is not unrelated to the biodiversity and climate crisis we are experiencing.
A four-year-old female Malayan tiger has tested positive for COVID-19, with six other tigers and lions showing symptoms. It's the first known case of a 'wild' animal catching the disease.
Caribbean spiny lobsters normally live in groups, but healthy lobsters avoid members of their own species if they are infected with a deadly virus.
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Using distance to avoid getting sick has deep evolutionary roots for humans and many other species.