The Friday Five: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this week
Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or new discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. The Friday Five is a weekly roundup of some of the conservation and nature stories that caught our attention the week of December 19, 2016:
Do you hear what I hear?
Marmosets, the only animals besides humans able to hear distinct pitches, are a new model for studying human hearing.
You are what you eat
While cannibalism is known to occur in the animal kingdom, it's been discovered that some animals will occasionally consume their own body parts – a phenomenon called “autocannibalism.”
The "Casper" octopus could truly live up to its namesake
Deep sea mining could threaten an octopus species that resembles Casper, the renowned movie ghost.
Put yourself in his and her shoes
Known as "bilateral gynandromorphs," in rare instances some birds, crustaceans and butterflies are born half female and half male.
Desperate times call for desperate measures
These salamanders will embark on a nine-kilometre trek, on average, just to find a mate.