In a JEB Research Article featured in New Scientist, The Economist and the YouTube channel SciShow (above), Jens Herberholz and his students at the University of Maryland, USA, have found that sociable crayfish get drunk more easily than loners, suggesting that isolated humans may drink more heavily because they are less sensitive to alcohol than gregarious individuals. Read the full article in JEB.
When a snake feeds upon another snake, the outcome of their interaction is not always obvious. A JEB Research Article highlighted in National Geographic and New Scientist from David Penning at Missouri Southern State University and Brad Moon at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette reveals that small kingsnakes that can constrict and kill larger snake species exert significantly higher pressures. Read the full article in JEB.
In this Commentary, Paul J. Ponganis and colleagues review the literature and heart rate profiles of diving California sea lions. They emphasize the dominance of the parasympathetic nervous system in heart rate regulation and the unlikelihood of morbid arrhythmias.
Our latest special issue is dedicated to our growing understanding of the evolution of social behaviour in species ranging from microbes to higher vertebrates, and explores the sophisticated social interactions that can emerge from relatively simple individual interactions throughout all taxa. All articles in this issue are free to access online.
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