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  • Beluga whales have sensitive hearing, little age-related loss
    on June 20, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Scientists published the first hearing tests on a wild population of healthy marine mammals. The tests on beluga whales in Bristol Bay, Alaska, revealed that the whales have sensitive hearing abilities and the number of animals that experienced extensive hearing losses was far less than what scientists had anticipated. […]

  • Do bats adapt to gates at abandoned mines?
    on June 20, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    Abandoned mines can serve as roost sites for bats, but because the mines pose serious risks to humans, officials often install gates at their entrances. […]

  • Climate change to overtake land use as major threat to global biodiversity
    on June 20, 2018 at 3:08 am

    Climate change will have a rapidly increasing effect on the structure of global ecological communities over the next few decades, with amphibians and reptiles being significantly more affected than birds and mammals, a new report finds. […]

  • Museum collection reveals distribution of Carolina parakeet 100 years after its extinction
    on June 19, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    While 2018 marks the centenary of the death of the last captive Carolina parakeet -- North America's only native parrot, a team of researchers have shed new light on the previously known geographical range of the species. […]

  • Factor important for ZIKA Virus host species restriction
    on June 19, 2018 at 2:24 am

    In 2013 and 2015, devastating outbreaks of ZIKA captured world attention. The virus is often transmitted from wild animals -- probably non-human primates -- via mosquitos to humans. This is the first comprehensive study to investigate which mammal species may host the ZIKA virus (ZIKV). […]

  • Primates in peril
    on June 17, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Primates are fascinating. They are intelligent, live in complex societies and are a vital part of the ecosystem. Lemurs, lorises, galagos, tarsiers, monkeys and apes are our closest biological relatives and just like them, humans are also primates. However, while the human population spread to all corners of the earth, many of our closest relatives are under serious threat. […]

  • Five new species of snail-sucking snakes discovered
    on June 15, 2018 at 1:36 am

    New research has uncovered five new species of snakes in Ecuador and Peru with peculiar dining etiquette: they suck the viscous bodies of snails out of their shells. […]

  • Deadly fungus found for first time in critically endangered amphibian species
    on June 13, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    A fungal pathogen which has led to the extinction of entire species in South America has been recorded for the first time in critically endangered amphibians in India. […]

  • Scientists discover a new way to find mass extinctions
    on June 13, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    During the history of the Earth, there were many mass extinctions, when huge numbers of species died out. They are usually easy to identify because of the sudden extinctions, followed by a gap, and then the recovery of life. […]

  • Large fenced reserves an effective way to bring wolves back to Scotland
    on June 13, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Research indicates that for wolves to be effective at directly reducing red deer numbers and allowing nature to recover in the Scottish Highlands they may need to be reintroduced to very large fenced reserve. […]

  • British mammals' fight for survival
    on June 13, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Almost one in five of British mammal species face a high risk of extinction, according to a recent comprehensive review of their populations. […]

  • Putting animals in their best light: Some shades of LED lamps threaten wildlife
    on June 12, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    A research team identifies harmful effects to wildlife as LED lights proliferate. Some hues, including blues and whites, imperil creatures while other wavelengths are more benign. They devised an interactive web-based tool to help people make wildlife-friendly choices in outdoor lighting. […]

  • Proactive conservation management strategy urged for North Atlantic right whale
    on June 11, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Marine ecologists urge a more proactive conservation management strategy for the North Atlantic right whale. […]

  • Secret to whale shark hotspots
    on June 8, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    A study has uncovered the secret to why endangered whale sharks gather on mass at just a handful of locations around the world. […]

  • Nutritional quality of fish and squid reduced by warm water events
    on June 8, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    The nutritional quality of fish and squid deteriorates under warm water events, research reveals -- with implications for the marine environment, marine predators and fisheries capturing food for human consumption. […]

  • 'Monstrous' new Russian saber-tooth fossils clarify early evolution of mammal lineage
    on June 8, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    Fossils representing two new species of saber-toothed prehistoric predators have been described. These new species improve the scientists' understanding of an important interval in the early evolution of mammals -- a time, between mass extinctions, when the roles of certain carnivores changed drastically. […]

  • Dolphins deliberately killed for use as bait in global fisheries
    on June 7, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Ahead of World Oceans Day, new research exposes the practice of killing of aquatic mammals, including some listed as endangered, for the express purpose of securing bait for global fisheries. The practice is widespread globally, but most common in Latin America and Asia. The study reveals there is little information on the impact of this harvesting on targeted mammal populations and urges increased monitoring. […]

  • Impact of fishing gear entanglement deduced from whale hormone levels
    on June 6, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    New validation study analyzing hormone profile shows the duration and negative effects of fishing gear entanglement on the North Atlantic right whale -- one of the most endangered whale species. Providing information on foraging success, migration behavior and body functioning, this technique can be used to study other baleen species to understand the impact of fishing activity on threatened whale populations. […]

  • Scientists stunned by decline of birds during epic Southern African roadtrip
    on June 6, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    A two year project repeating a famous bird survey by driving over 20,000 km in a 4x4 across Botswana has confirmed researchers' fears: many birds of prey are fast disappearing from one of Africa's last great wilderness areas. Reported sightings of iconic species of eagle and vulture declined by as much as 80% compared with the previous survey, while some migrant species recorded last time have vanished, according to the study. […]

  • Secret life of an enigmatic Antarctic apex predator
    on June 5, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    Scientists have, for the first time, tracked the lives of leopard seals as they migrate around Antarctica. The team followed these formidable predators as they move from the frozen Antarctic sea-ice to the more northerly sub-Antarctic islands where they prey on penguins, seals and krill. […]

 

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