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We have gathered decades of scientific research from Great Britain, continental Europe and North America to share with people interested in diving deeper into the world of beavers.

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Landscape Influence on Canis Morphological and Ecological Variation in a Coyote-Wolf C. lupus × latrans Hybrid Zone, Southeastern Ontario

Published by: Canadian Field-Naturalist

1st October 2003

Researchers examined the body shapes and diets of coyote-wolf hybrids in southeastern Ontario to understand how they varied with geography. They found that, in areas with lower road density and more tree cover, these hybrids were more likely to resemble wolves and more likely to eat larger prey such as beavers.

An Arctic mammal fauna from the Early Pliocene of North America

Published by: Nature

25th September 2003

Peat deposited in a beaver pond in Canada shows what life was like in the Early Pliocene, over 4 million years ago. Plant and beetle remains suggest temperatures were warmer then, with winters 15°C higher and summers 10°C higher than today. Mammal remains include species from Eurasia, among them a beaver-like creature who shared the modern beaver's behaviour of cutting saplings and building dams. Please note, this resource is not open-access.

Distinguishing ecological engineering from environmental engineering

Published by: Ecological Engineering

4th August 2003

This paper explores ecological engineering through a lens of systems thinking. It highlights the difference between traditional engineering, where structures are purposefully designed, and ecological systems, which self-organize naturally. A case study on beavers is used to show how these ecological engineers operate at different scales simultaneously and adapt to changing environments to meet evolving ecological needs. The cost to the beavers is that this forces them to adapt their identity, something which traditional engineering would often find unacceptable. Please note, this resource is not open-access.

Engineering role models: do non-human species have the answers?

Published by: Ecological Engineering

4th August 2003

This paper argues that human engineering practices have a lot to learn from non-human species such as beavers. Human engineering practices often disregard local ecosystem conditions; by studying the role beavers have in shaping habitats and community dynamics, human engineering can shift towards practices more in harmony with natural systems.

Beaver lodge location on the upstream Loire River

Published by: Comptes Rendus Biologies

1st August 2003

In an area of France where Eurasian beavers had recently arrived, researchers examined what characteristics made beavers more likely to settle and build lodges. They found that sites with no sandbank and less canopy cover were where beavers were more likely to build lodges. They also found that areas with greater human activity made beaver settlement less likely.

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