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  • A survival lesson from bats: Eating variety keeps species multiplying
    on January 19, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    A new study reveals that omnivorous New World noctilionoid bats, those species with diets including both plant and animal materials, produce more new species in the long run than specialized vegetarian or insectivorous species. […]

  • Hunting dogs as possible vectors for the infectious disease tularaemia
    on January 19, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Tularaemia is an infectious bacterial disease that is life-threatening for rodents, rabbits and hares, but which can also infect humans and dogs. While contact with contaminated blood or meat makes hunters a high-risk group, the frequency of infections among hunting dogs has not been much studied. Researchers have now confirmed a relevant prevalence of infections in Austrian hunting dogs following a serological study in which seven percent of the animals tested positive. This could lead to more intense debate as to whether the often asymptomatic animals represent an additional risk of infection for people. […]

  • Animal carnivores could be our powerful allies
    on January 19, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    Animal carnivores living in and around human habitation are declining at an unprecedented rate -- but they may provide crucial benefits to human societies. Researchers have revealed that predators and scavengers ranging from bats to leopards and vultures are valuable to human health and well-being. […]

  • Global analysis reveals how sharks travel the oceans to find food
    on January 18, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    You’ve heard of “you are what you eat” - this research shows that for sharks, the more relevant phrase is “you are where you ate.&rdquo […]

  • Post-fire logging harms Spotted owls
    on January 18, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Post-fire logging, rather than the wildfires themselves, is responsible for the steep decline in territory occupancy of the rare Spotted owls living in the forests of California. The study's results coincide with the strong consensus among hundreds of US scientists opposing post-fire logging operations due to a wide range of ecological harms. […]

  • Warming Arctic climate constrains life in cold-adapted mammals
    on January 18, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    A new study has uncovered previously unknown effects of rain-on-snow events, winter precipitation and ice tidal surges on the muskoxen. […]

  • Hybridization can give rise to different genome combinations
    on January 18, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    Researchers have for the first time determined that hybridization between two bird species can give rise to several novel and fully functional hybrid genomic combinations. This could potentially be because hybrid species emerged through independent hybridization events between the same parent species on different islands. […]

  • Reimbursing ranchers for livestock killed by predators supports conservation efforts
    on January 17, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    Alberta's predator compensation program offsets costs of conserving wildlife habitat on private lands in the province. […]

  • Exposure to water that is both salty and fresh is key to future success
    on January 17, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    According to Charles Darwin the ability to adapt to new conditions is essential for survival of species. The capacity to cope with altered conditions is becoming increasingly important in the face of climate change. New evidence on salt water tolerance in spawning migrating pike from the Baltic Sea suggests that not being adapted to specific local environments may promote persistence in an uncertain, rapidly changing world. […]

  • Scale-eating fish adopt clever parasitic methods to survive
    on January 17, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    A small group of fishes -- possibly the world's cleverest carnivorous grazers -- feeds on the scales of other fish in the tropics. Biologists are trying to understand these scale-feeding fish and how this odd diet influences their body evolution and behavior. […]

  • California sea lion population rebounded to new highs
    on January 17, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    California sea lions have fully rebounded under the protection of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, with their population on the West Coast reaching carrying capacity in 2008 before unusually warm ocean conditions reduced their numbers, according to the first comprehensive population assessment of the species. […]

  • Not just for Christmas: Study sheds new light on ancient human-turkey relationship
    on January 17, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    For the first time, research has uncovered the origins of the earliest domestic turkeys in ancient Mexico. The study also suggests turkeys weren't only prized for their meat -- with demand for the birds soaring with the Mayans and Aztecs because of their cultural significance in rituals and sacrifices. […]

  • Canine distemper confirmed in Far Eastern leopard, world's most endangered big cat
    on January 17, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    The Far Eastern or Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) is already among the rarest of the world's big cats, but new research reveals that it faces yet another threat: infection with canine distemper virus (CDV). […]

  • Genetic drift caught in action in invasive birds
    on January 17, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    Studies of island bird populations have taught us a lot about evolution, but it's hard to catch birds in the act of naturally colonizing new islands. Instead, a new study examines what's happened by looking at the genetics of a species that arrived in Hawaii in the twentieth century through decidedly unnatural means--us. […]

  • Timing of spring birdsong provides climate insights
    on January 17, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    Climate change has scientists worried that birds' annual migration and reproduction will be thrown out of sync with the seasons. Because birds' songs are correlated with their breeding behavior and are easily identifiable to species, monitoring birdsong can be a good way to keep tabs on this possibility, and a new study takes advantage of this approach to provide new baseline data for the birds of northern California. […]

  • New light on the mysterious origin of Bornean elephants
    on January 17, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    How did Borneo get its elephant? This could be just another of Rudyard Kipling's just so stories. The Bornean elephant is a subspecies of Asian Elephants that only exist in a small region of Borneo. Their presence on this southeastern Asian island has been a mystery. Scientists have discovered that elephants might have arrived on Borneo at a time of the last land bridge between the Sunda Islands in Southeast Asia. […]

  • No-fishing zones help endangered penguins
    on January 17, 2018 at 3:25 am

    Small no-fishing zones around colonies of African penguins can help this struggling species, new research shows. […]

  • Pharmaceuticals and other contaminants force fish to work much harder to survive
    on January 16, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    Pharmaceuticals and other human-made contaminants are forcing fish that live downstream from a typical sewage treatment plant to work at least 30 percent harder just to survive, researchers have found. […]

  • New application for acoustics helps estimate marine life populations
    on January 15, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Researchers have for the first time have used hydroacoustics as a method for comparing the abundance of fishes within and outside marine protected areas (MPAs). […]

  • Tagged tiger shark proving unstoppable
    on January 11, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    For more than a decade, researchers have been tagging and tracking sharks in order to study their migratory patterns and more. One tiger shark - Andy - is now the longest-ever tracked tiger shark, providing years worth of data for researchers. […]


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