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Miniature fanged 'deer' rediscovered tiptoeing through Vietnam's coastal forests
on November 11, 2019 at 11:00 pm
Biologists have rediscovered a species lost to science since 1990 called a silver-backed chevrotain -- a deer-like species that is the size of a rabbit, has a silver sheen, and has been hanging on in a region of Vietnam ravaged by poaching by snares.
Creating fake rhino horn with horse hair to help in saving the endangered rhino
on November 8, 2019 at 12:48 pm
Scientists have invented a way to create fake rhino horn using horse hair.
Unless warming is slowed, emperor penguins will be marching towards extinction
on November 7, 2019 at 9:07 pm
Emperor penguins are some of the most striking and charismatic animals on Earth, but a new study has found that a warming climate may render them extinct by the end of this century.
Why did the turtles cross the highway? They didn't, but they still might be impacted
on November 6, 2019 at 4:42 pm
Researchers set out to determine the impact of the Route 33 bypass through Wayne National Forest on the local box turtle population. The answers were not exactly what they expected.
Red deer are evolving to give birth earlier in a warming climate
on November 5, 2019 at 7:09 pm
Red deer living on the Isle of Rum, on the west coast of Scotland, have been giving birth earlier and earlier since the 1980s, at a rate of about three days per decade. New results now show that genetic change due to natural selection is partly contributing to the change: red deer are evolving.
Scientist sheds light on complexity of biodiversity loss
on November 5, 2019 at 4:50 pm
Species richness -- the number of different species in a given ecological community -- is not the only, nor necessarily the best, way to measure biodiversity impacts on ecosystems.
Jaw-some wombats may be great survivors
on November 5, 2019 at 2:33 pm
Flexible jaws may help wombats better survive in a changing world by adapting to climate change's effect on vegetation and new diets in conservation sanctuaries. An international study has revealed that wombat jaws appear to change in relation to their diets.
Ancient bone protein reveals which turtles were on the menu in Florida, Caribbean
on November 4, 2019 at 7:16 pm
Thousands of years ago, the inhabitants of modern-day Florida and the Caribbean feasted on sea turtles, leaving behind bones that tell tales of ancient diets and the ocean's past. An international team of scientists used cutting-edge technology to analyze proteins from these bones to help identify which turtle species people fished from the ocean, helping inform conservation efforts today.
Best of frenemies: Unexpected role of social networks in ecology
on November 1, 2019 at 10:34 pm
Social networking, even between competing species, plays a much bigger role in ecology than anyone previously thought, according to biologists.
New ranavirus threatens US amphibian diversity
on November 1, 2019 at 12:20 pm
Biologists modeled how a chimeric Frog virus 3 (FV3)-like ranavirus, also known as RCV-Z2, could spread rapidly throughout a population of North American wood frog (Lithobates sylvaticus) tadpoles.
Ancient rhinos roamed the Yukon
on October 31, 2019 at 7:49 pm
Paleontologists have used modern tools to identify the origins of a few fragments of teeth found more than four decades ago by a schoolteacher in the Yukon.
Zoo animal research skewed towards 'popular' species
on October 31, 2019 at 3:25 pm
Research on zoo animals focuses more on 'familiar' species like gorillas and chimpanzees than less well known ones like the waxy monkey frog, scientists say.
Insect decline more extensive than suspected
on October 30, 2019 at 7:11 pm
Compared to a decade ago, today the number of insect species on many areas has decreased by about one third. The loss of species mainly affects grasslands in the vicinity of intensively farmed land - but also applies to forests and protected areas.
Genetic history of endangered Australian songbird could inspire an encore
on October 30, 2019 at 3:00 pm
The genetic history of a critically endangered songbird shows its best chance of survival is to protect its rapidly disappearing habitat. Researchers used DNA samples from museums around the world, dating back to the 1800s, to study the genetic impact of severe population decline on the regent honeyeater.
Detection dogs and DNA on the trail of endangered lizards
on October 30, 2019 at 12:28 pm
Detection dogs trained to sniff out the scat of an endangered lizard in California's San Joaquin Valley, combined with genetic species identification, could represent a new noninvasive sampling technique for lizard conservation worldwide.
Genetics reveal pacific subspecies of fin whale
on October 28, 2019 at 1:24 pm
New genetic research has identified fin whales in the northern Pacific Ocean as a separate subspecies, reflecting a revolution in marine mammal taxonomy as scientists unravel the genetics of enormous animals otherwise too large to fit into laboratories.
Scientists identify British butterflies most threatened by climate change
on October 24, 2019 at 11:50 am
Many British butterflies and moths have been responding to warmer temperatures by emerging earlier in the year and for the first time scientists have identified why this is creating winners and losers among species.
Understanding local attitudes to snow leopards vital for their ongoing protection
on October 23, 2019 at 7:03 pm
Local people in the Nepal Himalayas value snow leopards as much for the potential personal benefits they gain from the animals' conservation as they do for the intrinsic value of this charismatic species.
New species take longer to arise in the Amazon
on October 22, 2019 at 6:22 pm
Amazonia is home to the greatest number of species on earth, many now threatened, but a new study hammers home Amazonia's importance, showing that it is not only a place with many species, but one where it has taken an exceptionally long time for new species to form.
Are humans changing animal genetic diversity worldwide?
on October 22, 2019 at 3:21 pm
Human population density and land use is causing changes in animal genetic diversity, according to new research. The research show that environmental changes caused by humans are leading to changes in genetic variation in thousands of species of birds, fish, insects, and mammals. The evidence for human impacts was most clear for insects and fish species.