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How mercury contamination affects reptiles in the Amazon basin
Mercury contamination in water and on land is of worldwide concern due to its toxic effects on ecosystems and human health.  View News Article (2015-09-22)

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)

Rainforest collapse drove reptile evolution
Global warming devastated tropical rainforests 300 million years ago. Now scientists report the unexpected discovery that this event triggered an evolutionary burst among reptiles -- and inadvertently paved the way for the rise of dinosaurs, 100 million years later. View News Article (2010-11-30)

Mangrove-dependent animals globally threatened
More than 40 percent of a sample of amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and birds that are restricted to mangrove ecosystems are globally threatened with extinction, according to an assessment published in the July/August issue of BioScience.  View News Article (2009-07-01)

'Dinosaur bends' caused by prolonged diving.
A recent study identified bone deformities on the fossilized remains of Ichthyosarians, which were giant dolphin-like reptiles that first appeared about 245 million years ago. View News Article (2012-08-16)

New Ichthyosaur Graveyard Found
In a new study published in the Geological Society of America Bulletin, geoscientists Wolfgang Stinnesbeck of the University of Heidelberg and colleagues document the discovery of forty-six ophthalmosaurid ichthyosaurs (marine reptiles). View News Article (2014-06-03)

The amazing amphibians and reptiles of the Philippine island Luzon
A recent study of the amphibians and reptiles of Sierra Madre Mountain Range, northeastern Luzon, reveals a preliminary enumeration of more than 100 species that contribute to the unique biodiversity of the region. View News Article (2013-02-08)

Slithering towards extinction
NINETEEN PERCENT of the world's reptiles are estimated to be threatened with extinction, states a paper published today by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) in conjunction with experts from the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC). View News Article (2013-02-15)

Ancient reptile birth preserved in fossil
Ichthyosaur fossil may show the earliest live birth from an ancient Mesozoic marine reptile, according to a study published February 12, 2014 in PLOS ONE by Ryosuke Motani from the University of California, Davis, and colleagues. View News Article (2014-02-13)

University of Tennessee study finds crocodiles are cleverer than previously thought
Turns out the crocodile can be a shrewd hunter himself. A University of Tennessee, Knoxville, researcher has found that some crocodiles use lures to hunt their prey.  View News Article (2013-12-05)

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