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If pigs could fly
Research on ungulates in the limestone forests of northern Guam has yielded surprising results. (2018-04-29)
Introduced species overlooked in biodiversity reporting
The reports on biodiversity are based on indicators that only take indigenous -- i.e. (2018-04-27)
Dinosaurs' tooth wear sheds light on their predatory lives
Predatory, bird-like theropod dinosaurs from the Upper Cretaceous of Spain and Canada all relied on a puncture-and-pull bite strategy to kill and consume their prey. (2018-04-26)
100-million-year-old liverwort mimicry in insects
Researchers from China and USA reported a new lacewing species (green lacewing larvae) based on two larvae from the Cretaceous Burmese amber (approximately 100 million years old). (2018-04-26)
Skewed sex ratios causes single fathers to bring up the young
When the balance of the sexes is skewed towards one gender, parents are more likely to split up, leaving the father to care for the offspring, says a study from an international team of scientists studying bird populations. (2018-04-25)
We still don't know how strange celibate animals evolve
A new study has cast doubt on leading theory for how tiny creatures have evolved for 50 million years -- without ever having sex. (2018-04-25)
After a volcano erupts, bird colonies recover
Where do seabirds go when their nesting colony is buried by a volcano? (2018-04-25)
Endangered petrels and trawl fishing clash in Tasman sea
Today's shifting environmental conditions are creating an uncertain future for many top predators in marine ecosystems, but to protect the key habitat of a species, you first have to know where that habitat is and what threats might be affecting it. (2018-04-25)
Novel ecosystems provide use for some native birds
Ecosystems that have been altered by human activities can provide suitable habitat for native birds, according to scientists in the United States and Australia. (2018-04-25)
First genetic evidence of ongoing mating between 2 distinct species of guenon monkeys
A new study of guenon monkeys in Gombe National Park is the first to provide genetic evidence of ongoing mating between two distinct species. (2018-04-23)
Five new blanket-hermit crab species described 130 years later from the Pacific
Unlike most hermit crabs, the blanket-hermit crab does not use empty shells for protection, and instead lives symbiotically with a sea anemone. (2018-04-23)
Hungry birds as climate change drives food 'mismatch'
Warmer springs create a 'mismatch' where hungry chicks hatch too late to feast on abundant caterpillars, new research shows. (2018-04-23)
Scientists identify genetic catalysts that speed up evolution of antibiotic resistance
Researchers at Oxford University have shown that it is possible to identify genetic catalysts that accelerate the evolution of antibiotic resistance in bacteria -- and that this knowledge could be used to design treatments to stifle the development of resistance. (2018-04-23)
Trichomonosis discovered amongst myna birds in Pakistan
A strain of the disease responsible for killing nearly two thirds of the UK's greenfinch population has spread to myna birds in Pakistan. (2018-04-22)
New ant species from Borneo explodes to defend its colony
When their colony is threatened by an intruder, workers of a newly discovered species of ant can actually tear their own body apart, in order to release toxins and either kill or hold off the enemy. (2018-04-19)
'Rip Van Winkle' plants hide underground for up to 20 years
Scores of plant species are capable of living dormant under the soil for up to 20 years, enabling them to survive through difficult times, a new study has found. (2018-04-19)
Study provides video evidence of parental infanticide in a grassland bird species
Baby birds go missing from their nests all the time. (2018-04-19)
Researchers study how well greater sage grouse habitat protects other species
Protected areas for sage grouse don't necessarily serve the needs of other species that depend on sagebrush habitat, showing that the bird might not be as much of an umbrella species as had been assumed. (2018-04-18)
Scientists find some human cancers to be 'evolutionary accidents'
New research, published in Biological Reviews and conducted by researchers from the University of Liverpool and Escola Superior de Ciências da Saúde (Brasília, Brazil) has found some type of cancers unique to humans may be a result of evolutionary accidents. (2018-04-17)
A new Listeria species from Costa Rica identified
Listeria costaricensis is the official name given to the new bacterial species described by investigators from the Costa Rican Institute of Technology and the WHO-collaborating center on Listeria at Institut Pasteur. (2018-04-17)
Smooth dance moves confirm new bird-of-paradise species
Newly publicized audiovisuals support full species status for one of the dancing birds-of-paradise in New Guinea. (2018-04-17)
Alpine grassland productivity not sensitive to climate warming on third pole
HE Jinsheng's research team at the Northwest Institute of Plateau Biology, collaborating with scientists from Peking University, established a warming-by-precipitation manipulative experiment at the Haibei National Field Research Station of Alpine Grassland Ecosystem. (2018-04-17)
Better species mapping can improve conservation efforts, study finds
With limited funding available for conservation efforts, it's critical that species distribution models be more comprehensive (2018-04-17)
A new hope: One of North America's rarest bees has its known range greatly expanded
The Macropis cuckoo bee is one of the rarest bees in North America, partly because of its specialized ecological associations. (2018-04-16)
Climate change mitigation project threatens local ecosystem resilience in Ethiopia
To increase forest cover in the Global South in order to mitigate climate change does not always have positive effects, as shown in a new study undertaken by Stockholm University in southern Ethiopia. (2018-04-16)
Crowded urban areas have fewer songbirds per person
People in crowded urban areas -- especially poor areas -- see fewer songbirds such as tits and finches, and more potential 'nuisance' birds, such as pigeons, magpies and gulls, new research shows. (2018-04-13)
Deeper understanding of species roles in ecosystems
A species' traits define the role it plays in the ecosystem in which it lives -- this is the conclusion of a study carried out by researchers at Linköping University, Sweden. (2018-04-12)
Animal images used in marketing may skew public perception about their survival risks
Many of the world's most charismatic animal species -- those that attract the largest interest and deepest empathy from the public -- are at high risk of extinction in part because many people believe their iconic stature guarantees their survival. (2018-04-12)
Viruses can evolve in parallel in related species
Viruses are more likely to evolve in similar ways in related species -- raising the risk that they will 'jump' from one species to another, new research shows. (2018-04-12)
Scientists to build the avian tree of life
With the support of the National Science Foundation, scientists have embarked on a large-scale project to build the evolutionary tree of all bird species using cutting-edge technologies to collect DNA from across the genome. (2018-04-11)
Extensive seagrass meadows discovered in Indian Ocean through satellite tracking of green turtles
Research led by Swansea University's Bioscience department has discovered for the first time extensive deep-water seagrass meadows in the middle of the vast Indian Ocean through satellite tracking the movement of green sea turtles. (2018-04-11)
Biodiversity: All the colors of the rainbow
Madagascar is a chameleon paradise. A team of researchers has now discovered three new species, among them a beautifully colored rainbow chameleon. (2018-04-11)
Smithsonian scientists and collaborators demonstrate new driver of extinction
By analyzing thousands of fossilized ancient crustaceans, a team of scientists led by NMNH paleontologist Gene Hunt found that devoting a lot of energy to the competition for mates may compromise species' resilience to change and increase their risk of extinction. (2018-04-11)
New method prioritizes species for conservation in the face of uncertainty
A new way to prioritize species for conservation efforts outperforms other similar methods, according to research presented in PLOS ONE by Rikki Gumbs of Imperial College London, UK, and colleagues at the Zoological Society of London, UK. (2018-04-11)
Droughts mean fewer flowers for bees
Bees could be at risk from climate change because more frequent droughts could cause plants to produce fewer flowers, new research shows. (2018-04-11)
Birds migrate away from diseases
In a unique study, researchers at Lund University in Sweden have mapped the origins of migratory birds. (2018-04-10)
Species hitch a ride on birds and the wind to join green roof communities
New research suggests that species that live on green roofs arrived by hitching lifts on birds or by riding air currents. (2018-04-06)
Using the past to predict the future: climate change impacts on the sagebrush sea
Scientists from Utah State University developed a new way to use long-term population data to model how species could respond to climate change in the future. (2018-04-06)
New butterfly species discovered nearly 60 years after it was first collected
A butterfly collected in Mexico nearly 60 years ago by the Florida Museum of Natural History's McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity Founding Director Thomas Emmel while he was a teenager, has been described as a new species and named in Emmel's honor by colleague Andy Warren. (2018-04-05)
Terns face challenges when they fly south for winter
The common tern is most widespread tern species in North America, but its breeding colonies in interior North America have been on the decline for decades despite conservation efforts. (2018-04-04)
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