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Male wolf spiders cannibalise older females, scientists in Uruguay have discovered. In several species, female spiders are known to eat males, but this is the first time biologists have seen the roles reversed in the wild.
The male spiders were observed mating with virgins and eating older, less reproductively successful females. Researchers suggest that harsh habitats force males to prey on females for food.
Their findings were published in the Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. The species in question, Allocosa brasiliensis, is a nocturnal wolf spider found in South America’s sand dunes along riverbanks and the Atlantic Ocean coast.

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Dr David Fox keeps some odd and curious items in his museum of Natural History, bones, jars and pickled specimens. There are stuffed foxes, badgers and birds, bird’s nests, bees and months, spiders small and large but nothing as large as the ostrich skeleton which lurks in a cupboard, shelf’s full of cures from a witches cauldron but it’s the wizard within David that finds all of these items for the students at The School of Biology to photograph.

David’s vast knowledge cannot be encompassed within a book; it’s the living version of Google. Ask him a question like Jeeves and out pops the answer not wrapped in a scientific envelope of misunderstanding but with words that help you explore more into a world of Natural History.

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The French government has been warned by a EU legal team that it has to do more in order to protect endangered hamsters living near Strasbourg in eastern France. Numbers of Great Hamsters of Alsace are dwindling. The number of burrows that were found in 2010 was only 298, down from 1,167 in 2001. France is on the verge of receiving a fined from the European Court of Justice rules that it has failed to heed a final warning from the European Commission in 2008. Farmers and road usage threatens their habitat. The hamster’s last remaining habitat in France is the Lower Rhine, near Strasbourg. Hamster numbers are calculated on the basis of one hamster per burrow.

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The Sea Life centre helps millions of people in discovering the wonders that the marine world has install for all to view. The Sea Life works beyond its capacity to play an important role in safeguarding our seas and their inhabitants for the future. The M.S.c Biological Photography and Imaging will be making a visit to the Centre on the 4th February, after we have made an visit to Birmingham indoor fish market, were you will be able to see many different types of sea life.

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On Tuesday the 08, February, studio sessions will take place in which the students will be re-creating rock pools and sea life environments. There will be various sea life creatures to photograph, Shore Crabs, cockles, Snakelock Anemone, Whelks and Starfish to name a few.

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