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  • Eleven seal species narrowly escaped extinction
    on November 16, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    Population geneticists have found that eleven seal species only narrowly escaped extinction. […]

  • Animal populations are shrinking due to their high-risk food-finding strategies
    on November 15, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    A study using animal-attached technology to measure food consumption in four very different wild vertebrates has revealed that animals using a high-risk strategy to find rarer food are particularly susceptible to becoming extinct, as they fail to gather food for their young before they starve. […]

  • Human activity may influence the distribution and transmission of Bartonella bacteria
    on November 15, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    A new study suggests that humans play an important role in disease risk, infection patterns, and distribution of Bartonella, advancing current understanding of Bartonella's evolutionary history and how the bacteria may be transmitted between humans and other animal species. […]

  • How electric fish got their big brains
    on November 15, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Researchers have mapped the regions of the brain in mormyrid fish in extremely high detail. The new measurements can help illuminate longstanding questions in neuroanatomy. As brains get bigger, do all regions of the brain scale up in a predictable way? Or does natural selection act independently on separate regions of the brain -- such that certain parts of the brain become enlarged in animals that have extra reasons to use them? […]

  • A bigger nose, a bigger bang: Size matters for ecoholocating toothed whales
    on November 15, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    A new study sheds light on how toothed whales adapted their sonar abilities to occupy different environments. The study shows that as animals grew bigger, they were able to put more energy into their echolocation sounds -- but surprisingly, the sound energy increased much more than expected. […]

  • Variance in gut microbiome in Himalayan populations linked to dietary lifestyle
    on November 15, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    The gut bacteria of four Himalayan populations differ based on their dietary lifestyles, according to a new study. […]

  • What did birds and insects do during the 2017 solar eclipse?
    on November 15, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    In August of 2017, millions peered through protective eyewear at the solar eclipse -- the first total eclipse visible in the continental United States in nearly 40 years. During the event, researchers watched radar to observe the behavior of birds and insects. […]

  • Humpback whales come to the Mediterranean to feed themselves
    on November 15, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Although the presence of humpback whales in the Mediterranean has been considered unusual, it is known that their visits have increased in the last 150 years. A recent study indicates that what motivates these cetacean mammals to enter these waters is the search for food. […]

  • Killer whales share personality traits with humans, chimpanzees
    on November 15, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Killer whales display personality traits similar to those of humans and chimpanzees, such as playfulness, cheerfulness and affection, according to new research. […]

  • First tally of US-Russia polar bears finds a healthy population
    on November 14, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    The first scientific assessment of polar bears that live in the Chukchi Sea region that spans the US and Russia finds the population is healthy and does not yet appear to be suffering from declining sea ice. […]

  • Captive-breeding will not save wild Asian Houbara without regulation of hunting
    on November 14, 2018 at 2:58 am

    The survival of the heavily exploited Asian Houbara depends on the regulation of trapping and hunting, according to new research. New findings reveal that trying to stabilize populations solely through captive breeding will require the release of such large numbers it will inevitably compromise wild populations. […]

  • Fish recognize their prey by electric colors
    on November 13, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    The African elephantnose fish generates weak electrical pulses to navigate its environment. This localization sense apparently shows an astonishing similarity to vision, as a study now shows. The study demonstrates that different objects have different electrical ''colors''. Fish use these colors for instance to distinguish their favorite food - mosquito larvae - from other small animals or plants. […]

  • The dawn of a new era for genebanks
    on November 13, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    One important aspect of biodiversity is genetic variation within species. A notable example is the variety of cultivars of crop plants. Scientists have now characterized at the molecular level a world collection of barley, comprising seed samples from more than 22,000 varieties. […]

  • Primates of the Caribbean: Ancient DNA reveals history of mystery monkey
    on November 13, 2018 at 12:16 am

    Analysis of ancient DNA of a mysterious extinct monkey named Xenothrix -- which displays bizarre body characteristics very different to any living monkey -- has revealed that it was in fact most closely related to South America's titi monkeys (Callicebinae). Having made their way overwater to Jamaica, probably on floating vegetation, their bones reveal they subsequently underwent remarkable evolutionary change. […]

  • Misunderstood flying fox could prove bat species demise, warn scientists
    on November 12, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    A large fruit-eating bat native to Mauritius is the subject of controversy over the announcement of a major cull to protect the Indian island's fruit crops, despite a lack of evidence as to the extent of damage directly attributed to the endangered species. Monitoring the damage directly caused by the Mauritian flying fox to commercial fruit, researchers found the bat is responsible for only some, and could be managed effectively without the need to cull. […]

  • Con­ser­va­tion areas help bird­life ad­apt to cli­mate change
    on November 12, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    A warming climate is pushing organisms towards the circumpolar areas and mountain peaks. A recently conducted study on changes in bird populations reveals that protected areas slow down the north-bound retreat of species. […]

  • Fish's brain size influenced by habitat
    on November 12, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    This is the first known study to connect habitat with varying brain size in a single lake fish population. The finding may provide clues about how fish and other creatures will respond to mounting environmental stressors from pollution to climate change. Researchers say bigger brains contain more neurons, and more connections among them, that lend its owner cognitive and behavioral smarts that may help it adapt to new environments. […]

  • New light cast on fishing throughout history
    on November 12, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    A new study has revealed new insights into ancient fishing throughout history, including what type of fish people were regularly eating as part of their diet. […]

  • It's not trails that disturb forest birds, but the people on them
    on November 12, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    The physical presence of trails has less impact on forest birds than how frequently the trails are used by people, finds the first study to disentangle the effect of forest trails from the presence of humans. This is also the case when trails have been used for decades, suggesting that forest birds do not get used to human activity. To minimize disturbance, people should avoid roaming from designated pathways. […]

  • Plastic microfibers found for first time in wild animals' stool, from S. A. fur seals
    on November 9, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    For the first time, plastic microfibers have been discovered in wild animals' stool, from South American fur seals. The findings were made by scientists who suggest examining scat from pinnipeds can be an efficient way to monitor environmental levels of microfibers and microplastics in the environment. […]

 

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