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African lions face same threats as extinct Ice Age ancestors
The extinction trends that caused the demise of several Ice Age species, including many of the sabre-toothed family, may be a threat to wildlife today and particularly to the African lion, a new Oxford University research collaboration has revealed. (2017-05-10)

Texas A&M lion genetics study uncovers major consequences of habitat fragmentation
Over the course of only a century, humanity has made an observable impact on the genetic diversity of the lion population. That's the conclusion of a recently published study by Drs. Caitlin Curry and James Derr from the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. (2020-11-03)

In Iran, camera traps reveal rare Asiatic cheetahs
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) scientists, working in conjunction with Iran's Department of Environment (DOE) in an isolated region in the Dar-e Anjir Wildlife Refuge, recently discovered that a remote camera set out to survey wildlife had photographed an entire family of extremely rare Asiatic cheetahs. (2005-08-30)

Is an animal's agility affected by the position of its eyes?
New research from scientists in Liverpool has revealed the relationship between agility and vision in mammals. (2010-02-22)

Running robots
University of Delaware professor works to design faster robots, modeling their movement on animals. (2012-01-30)

Human-caused biodiversity decline started millions of years ago
The human-caused biodiversity decline started much earlier than researchers used to believe. According to a new study published in the scientific journal Ecology Letters the process was not started by our own species but by some of our ancestors. (2020-01-17)

Humble Pocket Gophers Shed Light On The Genetic Fortitude Of Cheetahs
Conservation biologists have shown that gophers will accept skin grafts from each other. The work vindicates a controversial experiment on cheetahs from 1985. The researchers conclude that cheetahs and other genetically impoverished species may have little variability among their immune systems and may be more vulnerable to outbreaks of disease. (1996-07-22)

Chewbaaka migrated from North America
The cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is now at home on the African plains, but it started a migration 100,000 years ago from North America towards its current habitat. The research, published in the open-access journal Genome Biology, found that the migration from North America was costly for the species, triggering the first major reduction in their gene pool. (2015-12-08)

Island foxes may be 'least variable' of all wild animals
In comparison to their relatives on the mainland, the Channel Island foxes living on six of California's Channel Islands are dwarves, at two-thirds the size. The island foxes most likely evolved from gray foxes brought to the northern islands by humans over 7,000 years ago. Some think island foxes may have been partially domesticated by Native-Americans. Like many island species, they have little fear of humans. (2016-04-21)

Endangered animals can be identified by rate of genetic diversity loss
A Purdue University study presents a novel approach for identifying vertebrate populations at risk of extinction by estimating the rate of genetic diversity loss, a measurement that could help researchers and conservationists better identify and rank species that are threatened or endangered. (2015-08-31)

Athletes sprinting with left leg prostheses could miss out on golds at Paralympics
Sprinters that compete over 200m and 400m run on curves and now scientists from the University of Colorado Boulder, USA, have shown that Paralympic sprinters that run with a left leg prosthesis can be as much as 0.2s slower than athletes that compete with a right leg prosthesis when running in the inside lane, which could cost left leg amputees the gold medal. (2016-03-16)

Camera trap survey snaps cheetahs in Algeria
A Wildlife Conservation Society-supported survey of the Sahara has captured the first camera-trap photographs of the critically endangered Saharan cheetah in Algeria. The survey was conducted by researchers from the Zoological Society of London, the Office du Parc National de l'Ahaggar, and the Universite de Bejaia, with support from WCS and Panthera. (2009-02-23)

Leading conservation scientists awarded prestigious 2010 Tyler Environmental Prize
Two conservationists who have dedicated their lives to protect and restore endangered species from the brink of extinction and ensure their habitat remains for generations to come will share the 2010 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, one of the world's first international environmental awards to be established. Since its inception in 1973, the Tyler Prize continues to be the premier award for environmental science, environmental health and energy, given to those who confer great benefit upon humankind through environmental restoration and achievement. (2010-04-01)

How the cheetah got its stripes: A genetic tale by Stanford researchers
Feral cats in Northern California have enabled researchers to unlock the biological secret behind a rare, striped cheetah found only in sub-Saharan Africa, according to researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine, the National Cancer Institute and HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Alabama. The study is the first to identify a molecular basis of coat patterning in mammals. (2012-09-20)

Evidence contradicts idea that starvation caused saber-tooth cat extinction
The latest study of the microscopic wear patterns on the teeth of the American lions and saber-toothed cats that roamed North America in the late Pleistocene found that they were living well off the fat of the land in the period just before they went extinct. (2012-12-26)

'They talk about diversity...' -- the need for conservation of Asiatic cheetahs
Conventional wisdom tells us that the cheetah does not vary much throughout its wide range. Recent work in the group of Pamela Burger of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna challenges this view and shows that the cheetahs in Northern-East Africa and those in Asia differ markedly from the populations in Southern Africa. The results are published in the current issue of the journal Molecular Ecology and have profound implications for the species' conservation. (2011-01-14)

Sprinting towards extinction? Cheetah numbers crash globally
A new study led by ZSL, Panthera and WCS confirms that the iconic cheetah is sprinting towards extinction. (2016-12-26)

Pendulums, predators and prey: The ecology of coupled oscillations
Connect one pendulum to another with a spring, and in time the motions of the two swinging levers will become coordinated. (2006-12-01)

Conservationists to CITES: Stop trade in wild cheetahs
Conservationists have joined representatives from Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda at CITES, currently meeting in Bangkok, to highlight the plight of wild cheetahs threatened by the illegal pet trade. (2013-03-08)

Hotspots of cheetah activity is a key to solving the cheetah-farmer conflict in Namibia
New insights into the cheetah's spatial behaviour provide a viable solution to the human-wildlife conflict: In the core areas of male cheetah territories, all local males and females frequently meet to exchange information. Moving their breeding herds out of these hotspots, farmers reduced livestock losses by more than 80 percent. These insights are the result of a close cooperation between scientists from Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz-IZW) and farmers in central Namibia. (2020-12-07)

Genetics of the African cheetah continues to surprise and excite researchers
A team of researchers mapping the genome of the African cheetah continue to make new and exciting discoveries. (2015-12-10)

New analysis shows threats to 8,000 Red List species
Less than a month away from the kick-off the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii, a team of scientists report in the journal Nature that three quarters of the world's threatened species are imperiled because people are converting their habitat into agricultural lands and over-harvesting their populations. (2016-08-10)

Significant litter of cheetah cubs born at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Five cheetah cubs were born May 28 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va. This litter is particularly significant to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan for cheetahs because cheetah births in zoos across the country have dwindled. The SSP matches animals across the country to ensure genetic diversity in the population. This is the only litter of cheetahs born this year in a North American zoo. (2011-06-10)

Science, not romance, controls mating at Smithsonian's National Zoo
This Valentine's Day, Cupid won't be making a stop at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Unlike the spontaneous attraction that most humans equate with love and romance, mating and dating at the National Zoo is planned, strategic and science-based -- quite an unromantic encounter. (2008-02-08)

Slicing proteins with Occam's Razor
Using myoglobin, physicists at the University of Vermont have developed a new way to peer into the inner workings of proteins and detect which specific atoms are at work. (2010-09-30)

Researchers Aim To Prevent Wildlife From Genetic Crash-And-Burn
Gene Rhodes, a wildlife biologist at Purdue University, is improving the odds for these reintroduced species by making new use of a familiar scientific tool: biotechnology. Rhodes is comparing the genes of the introduced animals to reduce the chances of inbreeding. (1998-08-13)

Oscar Pistorius: Previously confidential study results released on amputee sprinter
A team of experts in biomechanics and physiology that conducted experiments on Oscar Pistorius, the South African bilateral amputee track athlete, have just released previously confidential study results in the Journal of Applied Physiology. (2009-06-29)

Can ecotourism save endangered species?
Using population viability modelling, Griffith University researchers Professor Ralf Buckley, Dr. Guy Castley and Dr. Clare Morrison have developed a method that for the first time quantifies the impact of ecotourism on threatened species. (2016-02-17)

New research: Why bigger animals aren't always faster
New research in the journal Physiological and Biochemical Zoology shows why bigger isn't always better when it comes to sprinting speed. (2012-04-30)

Estimates of cheetah numbers are 'guesswork', say researchers
Current estimates of the number of cheetahs in the wild are 'guesswork', say the authors of a new study which finds that the population in the cheetah stronghold of Maasai Mara, Kenya, is lower than previously thought. (2016-05-03)

DNA traces evolution of extinct sabertooths and the American cheetah-like cat
By performing sequence analysis of ancient DNA, a team of researchers has obtained data that help clarify our view of the evolutionary relationships shared by the large predatory cats that once roamed the prehistoric New World. (2005-08-08)

NYU's Movshon winner of 'Golden Brain' award for research on the neuroscience of vision
NYU Professor J. Anthony Movshon has been named the recipient of Minerva Foundation's 2013 Golden Brain Award (2013-11-06)

Greater parental guidance suggested for noisy toy use
The High School Musical Rockerz Jammin' Guitar and the Cheetah Girls In Concert Collection Doll may be what kids want most this holiday season, but if parents aren't careful about how these and other popular toys are used, a season of joy might turn into a lifetime of hearing loss for their children. (2007-12-04)

New study suggests humans to blame for plummeting numbers of cheetahs
A new study led by Queen's University Belfast into how cheetahs burn energy suggests that human activity, rather than larger predators, may force them to expend more energy and thus be the major cause of their decline. (2014-10-02)

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, March 2004
Story ideas from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory include safer highways, a nose for chemicals, new neutron detectors and bringing industries together. (2004-03-05)

Breaking news: Study revives Olympic prospects for amputee sprinter
Based on Rice and MIT findings, the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne, Switzerland, has ruled that Pistorius is eligible to participate in International Association of Athletics Federations sanctioned competitions. If he qualifies for the 2008 Beijing games, Pistorius would be the first disabled athlete ever to run against able-bodied athletes in an Olympic event. (2008-05-16)

NIU biologist Virginia Naples is helping put new face on ferocious saber-tooth cats
Northern Illinois University Biology Professor Virginia Naples and two colleagues -- Larry Martin of the University of Kansas and fossil hunter John Babiarz -- are editors of a new book on saber-tooth cats titled: (2011-10-26)

Sea skaters are a super source of inspiration
A study of marine Halobates species highlights how their waterproofing techniques, size and acceleration capability helped them colonize the ocean. (2020-05-15)

How cheetahs outpace greyhounds
Cheetahs are the high-performance sports cars of the animal kingdom, but how do they outstrip other elite athletes when using the same sprint technique? Penny Hudson, Sandra Corr and Alan Wilson from the Royal Veterinary College, UK, compared the performance of captive cheetahs and greyhounds and found that in addition to increasing their stride frequency, the cheetahs spend longer in contact with the ground, probably to protect their limbs from stress fractures at high speed. (2012-06-21)

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, February 2004
Story ideas from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory include life beyond Earth, Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Cray X1, and theory behind the spectacle. (2004-02-06)

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