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  • 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. […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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. […]

  • Drones confirm importance of Costa Rican waters for sea turtles
    on January 16, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    A new drone-enabled population survey -- the first ever on sea turtles -- shows that larger-than-anticipated numbers of turtles aggregate in waters off Costa Rica's Ostional National Wildlife Refuge. Scientists estimate turtle densities may reach up to 2,086 animals per square kilometer. The study underscores the importance of the Ostional habitat; it also confirms that drones are a reliable tool for surveying sea turtle abundance. […]

  • Europe's lost forests: Coverage has halved over 6,000 years
    on January 16, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Research shows more than half of the forests across Europe have been lost over the past 6,000 years. […]

  • Habitat fragmentation a bigger threat to Chile’s güiña wildcat than persecution by humans
    on January 16, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    Research by conservationists has found that habitat fragmentation, and the subdivision of large farms into smaller ones, are the biggest threats facing the güiña wildcat in Chile. […]

  • Protecting corridors is critical to preserving genetic diversity in tigers, and mizimising extinction, study finds
    on January 11, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Tigers have lost 95% of their historical range, and what remains is highly fragmented. According to a new study, high traffic roads and densely populated urban areas are a severe impediment to tiger movement between fragments. Unplanned development in the future will result in loss of connectivity and an increased possibility of extinction for several tiger populations. To ensure future persistence, tiger populations need to be managed as a network of protected areas connected by corridors. […]

  • Rising temperatures turning major sea turtle population female
    on January 11, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Scientists have used a new research approach to show that warming temperatures are turning one of the world's largest sea turtle colonies almost entirely female, running the risk that the colony cannot sustain itself in coming decades, newly published research concludes. […]

  • New hope for critically endangered Myanmar snub-nosed monkey
    on January 11, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Eight years after the discovery of a new primate species in Myanmar, scientists have released a new report revealing how the 'snubby' is faring. […]

  • Hiding from a warmer climate in the forest
    on January 11, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    Global warming threatens forest plants adapted to cooler temperatures. An international team of scientists have unraveled where these species could survive within colder spots in the same forest. The findings can help to understand the effect of climate change on forest biodiversity and what we can do to protect it. […]

  • Giant extinct burrowing bat discovered in New Zealand
    on January 10, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    The fossilized remains of a giant burrowing bat that lived in New Zealand millions of years ago have been found by a UNSW Sydney-led international team of scientists. Teeth and bones of the extinct bat -- which was about three times the size of an average bat today -- were recovered from 19 to 16-million-year-old sediments near the town of St Bathans in Central Otago on the South Island. […]

  • Scouting the eagles: Proof that protecting nests aids reproduction
    on January 10, 2018 at 2:49 am

    Reproduction among bald eagles in a remote national park in Minnesota was aided when their nests were protected from human disturbance, according to a new study. […]

  • Mass extinctions remove species but not ecological variety
    on January 9, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Though mass extinctions wiped out staggeringly high numbers of species, they barely touched the overall 'functional' diversity -- how each species makes a living, be it filtering phytoplankton or eating small crustaceans, burrowing or clamping onto rocks. […]

  • Noise from oil and gas operations stresses birds, hinders reproduction
    on January 9, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Birds exposed to constant noise from oil and gas operations show physiological signs of chronic stress, have chicks whose growth is stunted, and -- in some cases -- lay fewer eggs that hatch, according to a new study. […]

  • Amazon biodiversity hotspot to suffer even more losses after contentious law passed
    on January 8, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    In August 2017, the Bolivian government passed a contentious law that paved the way for construction of a new 190-mile road cutting through one of the country's most iconic and biodiverse protected rainforests. But a new report shows that the Isiboro-Sécure National Park and Indigenous Territory (or TIPNIS) has been subject to alarming levels of deforestation within its borders for many years, a reality that is too often overlooked. […]

  • DNA evidence used to protect the rhinoceros from extinction
    on January 8, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    A new study shows that genetic database now being used in the fight against poaching the rhinoceros. […]

  • A botanical mystery solved by phylogenetic testing
    on January 8, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Researchers used DNA testing to rediscover Dracaena umbraculifera, which was thought to be extinct. […]

  • Impact of lions living alongside giraffe populations
    on January 4, 2018 at 12:47 am

    New research is calling for an urgent review into how populations of giraffes are managed in the wild when living alongside lions. […]

 

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