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  • 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. […]

  • Hope for fighting disease known as Ebola of frogs
    on February 15, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    Despite widespread infection, some frog populations are surviving a deadly disease that is the equivalent of humankind's Ebola virus. The reason -- genetic diversity. […]

  • 'Seeing' tails help sea snakes avoid predators
    on February 15, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    New research has revealed the fascinating adaptation of some Australian sea snakes that helps protect their vulnerable paddle-shaped tails from predators. […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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. […]

  • Newly discovered turtle species is facing extinction
    on February 13, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    A new species in the family of Softshell Turtles is described from Northern Vietnam and China by a Hungarian-Vietnamese-German team of researchers. The newly discovered reptile has a distinctly blotched shell and is so critically endangered that it is close to extinction. […]

  • Uncovering the evolution of the brain
    on February 13, 2019 at 12:08 am

    What makes us human, and where does this mysterious property of 'humanness' come from? Humans are genetically similar to chimpanzees and bonobos, yet there exist obvious behavioral and cognitive differences. Now, researchers have developed a strategy to more easily study the early development of human neurons compared with the neurons of nonhuman primates. […]

  • 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. […]

  • Modern mahouts taking care of elephants in Myanmar are younger and less experienced
    on February 11, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    Traditional elephant handling worldwide is rapidly changing. Researchers discovered that mahouts in Myanmar are only 22 years old on average, with an average experience of three years working with elephants, and they are changing elephants yearly preventing the development of long-term bonds between elephants and mahouts. These shifts contrast the traditional elephant-keeping system of skills being accumulated over a lifetime of working with the same elephant before being taught to the younger generation. […]

  • Climate change may destroy tiger's home
    on February 11, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    A scientist says the last coastal stronghold of an iconic predator, the endangered Bengal tiger, could be destroyed by climate change and rising sea levels over the next 50 years. […]

  • On the land, one-quarter of vertebrates die because of humans
    on February 11, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Humans have a ''disproportionately huge effect'' on the other species of vertebrates that share Earth's surface with us, causing more than 25 percent of the deaths among an array of species all over the globe, according to a recently published study. […]

  • Sea snakes that can't drink seawater
    on February 8, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    New research shows that pelagic sea snakes quench their thirst by drinking freshwater that collects on the surface of the ocean after heavy rainfall. […]

  • DNA traces on wild flowers reveal insect visitors
    on February 8, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    Researchers have discovered that insects leave tiny DNA traces on the flowers they visit. This newly developed eDNA method holds a vast potential for documenting unknown insect-plant interactions, keeping track of endangered pollinators, such as wild bees and butterflies, as well as in the management of unwanted pest species. […]

  • Underwater forests threatened by future climate change, new study finds
    on February 6, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Climate change could lead to declines of underwater kelp forests through impacts on their microbiome. New research has found predicted ocean warming and acidification can change microbes on the kelp surface, leading to disease and potentially putting fisheries at risk. […]

  • Humans' meat consumption pushing Earth's biggest fauna toward extinction
    on February 6, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    At least 200 species of large animals are decreasing in number and more than 150 are under threat of extinction, according to new research that suggests humans' meat consumption habits are primarily to blame. […]

  • Differences in water temperature can create new marine species
    on February 6, 2019 at 1:40 am

    Warm and cool water temperatures over a long stretch of coastline cause new species of marine fish to evolve without being isolated from similar types of fish nearby, according to a new international study. The findings challenge the long-held belief that new marine species can only evolve in isolated environments and provides a glimpse into the early stages of species formation in the sea. […]

  • New islands, happy feet: Study reveals island formation a key driver of penguin speciation
    on February 5, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    Ever since Darwin first set foot on the Galapagos, evolutionary biologists have long known that the geographic isolation of archipelagos has helped spur the formation of new species. Now, an international research team has found the same holds true for penguins. They have found the first compelling evidence that modern penguin diversity is driven by islands, despite spending the majority of their lives at sea. […]

  • Think pink: Fluorescent pink flying squirrel in UV light at night
    on February 5, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    The North American flying squirrel fluoresces pink at night under ultraviolet light, but the purpose of the pink color is still a mystery to researchers. […]

  • 'Eavesdropping' technology used to protect one of New Zealand's rarest birds
    on February 5, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Remote recording devices used to 'eavesdrop' on a reintroduced population of one of New Zealand's rarest birds have been heralded as a breakthrough for conservation. […]


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