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  • Chemical pollutants disrupt reproduction in anemonefish
    on December 5, 2021 at 4:17 pm

    Ocean pollution is unfortunately becoming more commonplace, raising concerns over the effect of chemicals that are leaching into the water. In a new study, researchers have discovered how these chemicals can affect the reproduction in common anemonefish Amphiprion ocellaris.

  • The secret life of Tasmanian devils is hiding in their whiskers
    on December 1, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    Researchers have mapped the timescale of the Tasmanian devils' whiskers, showing that their whiskers can capture seasonal dietary changes over at least nine months and potentially up to a year.

  • Diversity of the gut microbiome in gorillas
    on November 30, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    A new study sheds light on the gut microbiome of gorillas, moving researchers closer to developing tools that can use the microbiome to diagnose potential health challenges for gorillas in human care. Specifically, the study found significant diversity among gorilla microbiomes, suggesting that what constitutes a 'healthy' microbiome can vary between individuals.

  • Warm-water habitat 'pays the bills,' allowing cold-water fish to fuel up
    on November 30, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    New research shows that warm-water habitats can be critically important for the survival of cold-water fish such as trout and salmon.

  • Satellites reveal Ethiopian elephants under threat
    on November 30, 2021 at 2:28 am

    Tens of thousands of illegal human settlements pose a real threat to the continued existence of an endangered elephant population, according to satellite analysis of the Babile Elephant Sanctuary in eastern Ethiopia.

  • Extinct swordfish-shaped marine reptile discovered
    on November 29, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    Researchers have discovered a new marine reptile. The specimen, a stunningly preserved meter-long skull, is one of the last surviving ichthyosaurs -- ancient animals that look eerily like living swordfish.

  • Jaws of defeat: Anglers’ emotions toward shark depredation is key to conservation
    on November 26, 2021 at 6:08 pm

    In a broad-scale study researchers quantified the emotional and behavioral responses to shark depredation in recreational fisheries. The study found that anglers, and especially recreational fishing guides, who experienced depredation were more likely to have a negative response towards sharks and were thus more likely to target sharks for additional harvesting.

  • Loss of ancient grazers triggered a global rise in fires
    on November 25, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    From 50,000 years to 6,000 years ago, many of the world's largest animals, including such iconic grassland grazers as the woolly mammoth, giant bison, and ancient horses, went extinct. The loss of these grazing species triggered a dramatic increase in fire activity in the world's grasslands, according to a new study.

  • Himalayan bats are functionally less diverse at high than at lower elevations, but show the same evolutionary diversity
    on November 24, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    Million years of evolution have produced a dazzling variety of species, each uniquely adapted to its environment. A straightforward way to measuring biodiversity is by the number of species (taxonomic diversity). Recently, there is growing emphasis to quantify diversity also in other ways: a) functional diversity, which is the diversity of phenotypic traits that allow organisms to perform their ecological functions and b) phylogenetic diversity, meaning the variation in the branches in the tree of life. A team of scientists now compares these approaches: They found that species richness and functional diversity of Himalayan bat communities decline at high elevation without the loss of phylogenetic diversity. Their findings provide insights on the diversity of bats in the Himalayas and serve as an important baseline in assessing this diversity in the context of environmental changes.

  • Scientists find SARS-CoV-2-related coronaviruses in Cambodian bats from 2010
    on November 23, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    Scientists have identified coronaviruses closely related to SARS-CoV-2 from two bats sampled in Cambodia more than a decade ago.

  • Soft food diet increases risks for captive animals released in wild
    on November 22, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    Serving up too much soft food to animals rescued into captivity might reduce their survival chances when released back into the wild. An international team of researchers have shed light on the potentially harmful effects soft food diets can have on the skull of growing animals.

  • Remote ocean wilderness areas are 'living time machines,' teeming with large fish
    on November 22, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    A new, widespread study of the global state of marine coral reef wilderness by WCS, NGS, and university collaborators found that remote ocean wilderness areas are sustaining fish populations much better than some of the world's best marine reserves.

  • How to eat a poison butterfly
    on November 22, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    In high enough concentrations, milkweed can kill a horse, or a human. To be able to eat this plant, monarchs evolved a set of unusual cellular mutations. New research shows the animals that prey on monarchs also evolved these same mutations.

  • Resilience of vertebrate animals in rapid decline due to humanmade threats
    on November 19, 2021 at 1:37 am

    Global change is eroding life on earth at an unprecedented rate and scale. Species extinctions have accelerated over the last decades, with the concomitant loss of the functions and services they provide to human societies.

  • Study confirms that Gabon is the largest stronghold for critically endangered African forest elephants
    on November 19, 2021 at 1:37 am

    The most comprehensive survey conducted of elephant numbers in the Central African nation of Gabon since the late 1980s has found elephants occurring in higher numbers than previously thought.

  • Rodents could be asymptomatic carriers of SARS-like coronaviruses, study suggests
    on November 19, 2021 at 1:34 am

    Some ancestral rodents likely had repeated infections with SARS-like coronaviruses, leading them to acquire tolerance or resistance to the pathogens, according to new research. This raises the possibility that modern rodents may be reservoirs of SARS-like viruses, the researchers say.

  • Warning over antibiotic-resistant bacteria
    on November 18, 2021 at 2:16 am

    Significant levels of antibiotic-resistant bacteria have been found at locations in and around Cambridge, England. The researchers found potentially dangerous Pseudomonas bacteria in over a fifth of samples collected close to the River Cam.

  • There may be more bird species in the tropics than we know
    on November 17, 2021 at 3:01 pm

    Study of a perky little bird suggests there may be far more avian species in the tropics than those identified so far. After a genetic study of the White-crowned Manakin, scientists say it's not just one species and one of the main drivers of its diversity is the South American landscape and its history of change.

  • A wild strawberry aroma for foods from a fungus growing on fruit waste
    on November 17, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    The wild strawberry is even more highly prized than its store-bought cousin because of its intense aroma and uniquely sweet taste. However, they're hard to find in the wild, so some companies make synthetic versions of this flavor. Now, researchers have come up with a naturally derived wild strawberry aroma by having an edible fungus make it from waste from black currant juice production.

  • Machine learning IDs mammal species with the potential to spread SARS-CoV-2
    on November 17, 2021 at 1:15 am

    A new study used a novel modelling approach to predict the zoonotic capacity of 5,400 mammal species, extending predictive capacity by an order of magnitude. Of the high risk species flagged, many live near people and in COVID-19 hotspots.

 

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