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  • Bat influenza viruses could infect humans
    on February 20, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    Bats don't only carry the deadly Ebola virus, but are also a reservoir for a new type of influenza virus. These newly discovered flu viruses could potentially also attack the cells of humans and livestock, researchers have now shown. […]

  • Can a nerve injury trigger ALS?
    on February 20, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Researchers have demonstrated that a peripheral nerve injury can trigger the onset and spread of the disease in an animal model of ALS. […]

  • Foreign bees monopolize prize resources in biodiversity hotspot
    on February 20, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    New research revealed that foreign honey bees often account for more than 90 percent of pollinators observed visiting flowers in San Diego, considered a global biodiversity hotspot. The non-native bees have established robust feral populations and currently make up 75 percent of the region's observed pollinators. Their monopoly over the most abundantly blooming plant species may strongly affect the ecology and evolution of species that are foundational to the stability of the region's plant-pollinator interactions. […]

  • Scientists solve mystery of a fish called Mary's 'virgin' birth
    on February 20, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    A female stickleback fish, nick-named 'Mary,' has produced offspring from eggs that appear to have been fertilized while they were still inside her, according to scientists. […]

  • Marsupial lived among Arctic dinosaurs
    on February 19, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    A research team has discovered a previously unknown species of marsupial that lived in Alaska's Arctic during the era of dinosaurs, adding a vivid new detail to a complex ancient landscape. The thumb-sized animal, named Unnuakomys hutchisoni, lived in the Arctic about 69 million years ago during the late Cretaceous Period. […]

  • Familiarity breeds aggression
    on February 19, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Aggressiveness among animals may increase the longer individuals live together in stable groups. The study used the Amazon molly, a naturally clonal fish species that produces genetically identical individuals to isolate the effects of familiarity on behavior. […]

  • Ocean acidification harms cod larvae more than previously thought
    on February 19, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    The Atlantic cod is one of the most important commercial fish species in the world. Recent studies have shown that ocean acidification threatens the early life stages of this species. So far it was hoped that at least the larvae that survive might be more robust and therefore may aid in the adaptation of this population. A new article suggests otherwise. […]

  • Homo sapiens colonized South Asian rainforest by hunting small mammals 45,000 years ago
    on February 19, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    A new study provides direct evidence for the hunting of tree-dwelling monkeys and other small mammals by Homo sapiens 45,000 years ago in the rainforest of Sri Lanka. […]

  • Plants short-cut evolution by taking genes from neighbors
    on February 18, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Scientists have discovered that grasses are able to short cut evolution by taking genes from their neighbors. […]

  • Indigenous hunters have positive impacts on food webs in desert Australia
    on February 17, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Australia has the highest rate of mammal extinction in the world. Resettlement of indigenous communities resulted in the spread of invasive species, the absence of human-set fires, and a general cascade in the interconnected food web that led to the largest mammalian extinction event ever recorded. In this case, the absence of direct human activity on the landscape may be the cause of the extinctions, according to an anthropologist. […]

  • New study looks at ways to cut roadkill numbers for small and medium-sized mammals
    on February 15, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    A study of a stretch of highway in Quebec looks at the effect of road fencing and underground passages on the number of roadkill deaths of small and medium-sized mammals. The study found that roadkill numbers were higher at the ends of road fences, suggesting that they are not long enough to prevent animals from crossing busy roadways. […]

  • Delays in banning wildlife trade put hundreds of species at risk
    on February 14, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    From parrots to lizards, hundreds of animal species could be at risk of extinction because of a policy process that responds slowly to scientific knowledge, according to a new study. […]

  • Hop to it: Researchers evaluate rabbits' evolved resistance to myxoma virus
    on February 14, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Researchers have validated the role of specific rabbit genes in contributing to this acquired resistance. […]

  • Orangutans make complex economic decisions about tool use
    on February 14, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Flexible tool use is closely associated to higher mental processes such as the ability to plan actions. Now a group of cognitive biologists and comparative psychologists found out that the apes carefully weighed their options. To do so the apes considered the details such as differences in quality between the two food rewards and the functionality of the available tools in order to obtain a high quality food reward. […]

  • Scientists look to past to help identify fish threatened with local extinction
    on February 13, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Marine scientists have developed a methodology to assess fish stocks that combines new data with archeological and historical records - some dating back to the 8th Century AD. […]

  • Natural selection and spatial memory link shown in mountain chickadee research
    on February 13, 2019 at 12:08 am

    Chickadees with better learning and memory skills, needed to find numerous food caches, are more likely to survive their first winter, a long-term study of mountain chickadees has found. […]

  • Marine snail venom could improve insulin for diabetic patients
    on February 12, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    Researchers detailed the function of cone snail insulins, bringing them one step closer to developing a faster-acting insulin to treat diabetes. […]

  • New deep sea animal discoveries warrant expanded protections in Costa Rican waters
    on February 11, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    Scientists surveyed deep-sea seamounts outside Isla del Coco UNESCO World Heritage site revealing coral communities with surprising diversity. […]

  • Scientists use machine learning to ID source of Salmonella
    on February 11, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    A team of scientists has developed a machine-learning approach that could lead to quicker identification of the animal source of certain Salmonella outbreaks. […]

  • Toward automated animal identification in wildlife research
    on February 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    A new program automatically detects regions of interest within images, alleviating a serious bottleneck in processing photos for wildlife research. […]

 

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