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  • Marine mammals and sea turtles recovering after Endangered Species Act protection
    on January 16, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    More than three-quarters of marine mammal and sea turtle populations have significantly increased after listing of the US Endangered Species Act (ESA), according to a new study. […]

  • Urbanization may hold key to tiger survival
    on January 16, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    A new study says the future of tigers in Asia is linked to the path of demographic transition -- for humans. […]

  • Vampire bat venom could hold key to new medical treatments
    on January 16, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    Vampire bats could hold the key to new treatments for a range of serious medical problems, but researchers have hit a snag accessing the specimens needed to advance their work. Now scientists have found a new class of blood pressure-regulating peptides in the venom of the common vampire bat (Diphylla ecaudata). […]

  • Ocean giant gets a health check: Combination blood, tissue test reveals whale shark diets
    on January 16, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    Whale sharks, the world's largest fish, likely endure periods of starvation and may eat more plants than previously thought, according to the first results of a new health check. Ocean scientists now have a powerful, simple tool to discover the diets, migrations, and conservation needs of this endangered species. […]

  • Poisons or medicines? Cyanobacteria toxins protect tiny lake dwellers from parasites
    on January 16, 2019 at 1:00 am

    The cyanobacteria blooms that plague western Lake Erie each summer are both an unsightly nuisance and a potential public health hazard, producing liver toxins that can be harmful to humans and their pets. […]

  • Idled farmland presents habitat restoration opportunities in San Joaquin Desert
    on January 15, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Most of the native habitat in California's San Joaquin Desert has been converted to row crops and orchards, leaving 35 threatened or endangered species confined to isolated patches of habitat. A new study looked at the conservation potential of marginal farmland in the San Joaquin Desert and found that restoration of fallowed farmland could play a crucial role in habitat protection and restoration strategies for the blunt-nosed leopard lizard and other endangered species. […]

  • 'Outdated' management plan increases risks to Alaska's large carnivores
    on January 15, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    Alaskan wildlife management that prioritizes reducing bear and wolf populations so hunters can kill more moose, caribou and deer is both backward and lacks scientific monitoring. […]

  • 11,500-year-old animal bones in Jordan suggest early dogs helped humans hunt
    on January 15, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    11,500 years ago in what is now northeast Jordan, people began to live alongside dogs and may also have used them for hunting, a new study shows. The archaeologists suggest that the introduction of dogs as hunting aids may explain the dramatic increase of hares and other small prey in the archaeological remains at the site. […]

  • Genomic study finds Haida Gwaii's northern goshawks are highly distinct and at-risk
    on January 15, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Haida Gwaii's small population of northern goshawks -- already of great concern to conservationists -- are the last remnant of a highly distinct genetic cluster of the birds, according to a new genomic analysis. […]

  • Animals may get used to drones
    on January 15, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    A new study shows that over time, bears get used to drones. Previous work indicated that animals behave fearfully or show a stress response near drone flights. Using heart monitors to gauge stress, however, researchers here found that bears habituated to drones over a 3 to 4-week period and remained habituated. […]

  • History of North African date palm
    on January 14, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Genome analysis reveals that North African date palms are a hybrid between cultivated date palms from the Middle East and a different, wild species of palm that grows on the island of Crete and in small areas of Southern Turkey. These findings shed new light on the evolutionary history of one of the crop. […]

  • Wild insects 'get old' before they die
    on January 14, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    Short-lived wild insects 'get old' -- losing some of their physical abilities -- before they die, new research shows. […]

  • New mathematical model can help save endangered species
    on January 11, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    One of the greatest challenges in saving endangered species is to predict if an animal population will die out. Accurate and reliable models are crucial for conservationists. […]

  • Skull scans tell tale of how world's first dogs caught their prey
    on January 11, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Analysis of the skulls of lions, wolves and hyenas has helped scientists uncover how prehistoric dogs hunted 40 million years ago. […]

  • Fish farmers of the Caribbean
    on January 10, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    There are only so many fish in the sea. And our appetite for seafood has already stressed many wild fisheries to the breaking point. Meanwhile, the planet's growing population will only further increase the need for animal protein, one of the most resource-intensive types of food to produce. […]

  • Murky water keeps fish on edge
    on January 10, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    Fish become anxious and more cautious when water quality is degraded by sediment, an effect that could stunt their growth and damage their health. […]

  • Elephants take to the road for reliable resources
    on January 9, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Landscapes can change from day-to-day and year-to-year, and many animals will move about according to resource availability. But do they remember past resource conditions? Just how important is memory and spatial cognition when seeking to understand wildlife movement? Researchers in Etosha National Park, Namibia, examined this question through African elephants. […]

  • 15-meter-long ancient whale Basilosaurus isis was top marine predator
    on January 9, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    The stomach contents of ancient whale Basilosaurus isis suggest it was an apex predator, according to a new study. […]

  • Change of teeth causes yo-yo effect in elephants' weight
    on January 9, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    The weight of elephants living in zoos fluctuates over the course of their adult lives in cycles lasting around a hundred months, researchers have found. The fluctuation is linked to the particular pattern of tooth change in elephants, which results in them having more or less chewing surface available. […]

  • Bee mite arrival in Hawaii causes pathogen changes in honeybee predators
    on January 8, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    Entomologists have performed a study on the Big Island and found viruses associated with the varroa mite, a parasite of honeybees, have spilled over into the western yellowjacket, a honeybee predator and honey raider. The result is a hidden, yet remarkable, change in the genetic diversity of viruses associated with the larger pathogen community of the mite and wasp, with repercussions yet to be understood. […]


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