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NOAA researcher says Arctic marine mammals are ecosystem sentinels
As the Arctic continues to see dramatic declines in seasonal sea ice, warming temperatures and increased storminess, the responses of marine mammals can provide clues to how the ecosystem is responding to these physical drivers. View News Article (2014-02-14)

NIH scientists assess history, pandemic potential of H7 influenza viruses
The emergence of a novel H7N9 avian influenza virus in humans in China has raised questions about its pandemic potential as well as that of related influenza viruses. View News Article (2013-07-10)

Species distribution models are of only limited value for predicting future mammal distributions
Species distribution models are of only limited use in predicting the future distribution of mammals. This is the finding of a study of the climate niches of 140 indigenous European mammals. View News Article (2009-12-16)

New Study Shows Effects of Prehistoric Nocturnal Life on Mammalian Vision
Since the age of dinosaurs, most species of day-active mammals have retained the imprint of nocturnal life in their eye structures. Humans and other anthropoid primates, such as monkeys and apes, are the only groups that deviate from this pattern. View News Article (2012-11-01)

Can mechanisms used during hibernation help animals colonize new habitats?
Heterothermy, the ability of some animals to lower their metabolism and body temperature, is traditionally seen as an effective adaptation to predictable seasonal bottlenecks of unproductive cold periods. View News Article (2015-03-17)

Secret of eternal youth may be in reptiles
Jo'£o Pedro Magalh'£es, researcher in the Biology of Aging, suggests, in work published in the June edition of the magazine "Experimental Gerontology" and entitled "The evolution of mammalian aging", that the study of certain species of reptiles and amphibians that apparently do not age could lead to discoveries about aging. For this Portuguese scientist the secret of eternal youth... View News Article (2002-06-18)

Africa's national parks hit by mammal declines
African national parks like Masai Mara and the Serengeti have seen populations of large mammals decline by up to 59 per cent, according to a study published in Biological Conservation. View News Article (2010-07-13)

Malaria family tree has bird roots
A study published this week in the journal Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution reveals a new hypothesis on the evolution of hundreds of species of malaria - including the form that is deadly to humans.  View News Article (2016-03-28)

Global map shows new patterns of extinction risk
The most detailed world map of mammals, birds and amphibians ever produced shows that endangered species from these groups do not inhabit the same geographical areas, says new research published today. View News Article (2006-11-02)

Study: Early mammal varieties declined as evolution of flowering plants took off
The dramatic explosion of flowering plant species that occurred about 100 million years ago was thought to have been good news for evolving mammals, providing them with new options for food and habitat. View News Article (2013-10-03)

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