Researchers determined the gene that causes black coats in wolves may also protect against canine distemper virus. Black wolves are more likely to survive CDV than grey wolves, according to an analysis of 12 populations, and black wolves are more common in areas with CDV outbreaks.
Researchers found that insects see an enormous range of colors during rare desierto florido (blooming desert) events in Chile’s Atacama Desert. Pollinators see far more variation than humans, which suggests the diversity evolved to encourage cross-pollination during short blooming periods.
Researchers created a 3D image of a Jeholornis skull by compiling CT scans of a compressed skull. The resulting image suggests Jeholornis relied more on smell than modern birds and was adapted for daylight vision, based on the size of its olfactory bulbs and narrow bony rings around its eyes.
The James Webb Space Telescope captured IC 1623, a pair of merging galaxies previously spotted by the Hubble Space Telescope. Webb’s infrared sensors are better able to capture the galaxy merger, which could help astronomers untangle the effects of their interaction.