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Bats Use Water Ripples to Hunt Frogs

Bats Use Water Ripples to Hunt Frogs

AUSTIN, Texas — As the male túngara frog serenades female frogs from a pond, he creates watery ripples that make him easier to target by rivals and predators such as bats, according to researchers from The University of Texas at Austin, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), Leiden University and Salisbury University.

Robotic Frogs Help Turn a Boring Mating Call into a Serenade

Robotic Frogs Help Turn a Boring Mating Call into a Serenade

The “rather bizarre” result may provide insight into how complex traits evolve by hooking together much simpler traits.

Females Can Place Limits on Evolution of Attractive Features in Males, Research Shows

Females Can Place Limits on Evolution of Attractive Features in Males, Research Shows

Female cognitive ability can limit how melodious or handsome males become over evolutionary time, biologists from The University of Texas at Austin, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute have observed.