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Biomechanical aspects of incisor action of beavers ( Castor fiber L.)

Published by: Journal of Mammalogy

21st January 2016

Beavers are well-known for cutting trees - even hardwoods. This study tried to understand how beavers' teeth have evolved to be virtually perfect for the job. It found that beavers' lower incisors are shaped, and supported by tissues, which mean they can withstand compression stress. The cutting angle is comparable to sharp steel cutting tools, ensuring efficient cutting and self-sharpening.

Beaver-created deadwood dynamics in the boreal forest

Published by: Forest Ecology and Management

15th January 2016

This article demonstrates the vital role that beavers play in creating deadwood, which is scarce in human-managed landscapes. By damming rivers, beavers flood forests, leading to tree death. Comparing deadwood in beaver-influenced areas to control sites in Finland showed that beavers generate abundant deadwood, including rare types like snags. This enriches biodiversity. Utilising beavers for deadwood restoration is a cost-effective management option. Please note, this resource is not open-access.

Beaver (Castor fiber) activity patterns in a predator-free landscape. What is keeping them in the dark?

Published by: Mammalian Biology

1st December 2015

In this article, scientists examined activity patterns of Eurasian beavers reintroduced into an area of Belgium without predators. Beavers here were mainly active at dawn, dusk, and during the night. Unexpectedly, activity increased during bright moonlight. This is not dissimilar to beaver behaviour in areas with predators. The absence of predators hasn't relaxed their nocturnal habits, possibly influenced by historical human persecution.

Spatial and temporal circumstances affecting the population growth of beavers

Published by: Mammalian Biology

1st December 2015

The return of Eurasian beavers in Europe is a success story. While the process is well-documented, aspects of their spread remained unclear - this study proposed using a theory called Skellam's model to understand how beaver populations spread. They studied six catchments in the Czech Republic to reveal the pattern of beaver population expansion. Pioneer individuals led the way, but repeated waves of colonisation were needed to establish populations (rather than a single individual settling and starting a population).

Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver

Published by: ECW Press

1st October 2015

Beavers have been vital components of North American ecosystems for millennia. Colonial fur traders from Europe disrupted their habitats and populations. This book explores humanity's relationship with beavers in North America over the last 15,000 years. It looks at beavers' significance in both human and non-human worlds as well as modern conservation efforts. Please note, this resource is not open-access.

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