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Sumatran rhinos never recovered from losses during the Pleistocene, genome evidence shows
An international team of researchers has sequenced and analyzed the first Sumatran rhino genome from a sample belonging to a male made famous at the Cincinnati Zoo. (2017-12-14)
Conserving the forests
UCSB economist Robert Heilmayr and colleagues evaluate certification programs as options for sustaining tropical forests. (2017-12-14)
Hope for one of the world's rarest primates: First census of Zanzibar Red Colobus monkey
A team of WCS scientists recently completed the first-ever range-wide population census of the Zanzibar red colobus monkey (Piliocolobus kirkii) an endangered primate found only on the Zanzibar archipelago off the coast of East Africa. (2017-12-14)
Monkey study shows a path to monitoring endangered species
A Brazilian-American research group has just published an unusual study outlining data needs for monitoring the survival of monkeys called muriquis that live in patches of forest in Brazil. (2017-12-13)
Scientists call for improved technologies to save imperiled California salmon
Scientists working to protect California's most endangered salmon say in a new report that key improvements in tracking Sacramento River winter-run Chinook through California's complex water delivery system would help recover the species while the water continues to flow. (2017-12-13)
Lizards of Oz take toll on turtle eggs
Goannas have overtaken foxes as the number one predator of the endangered loggerhead turtle at its second largest Queensland nesting beach. (2017-12-13)
Fossil orphans reunited with their parents after half a billion years
Everyone wants to be with their family for Christmas, but spare a thought for a group of orphan fossils that have been separated from their parents since the dawn of animal evolution, over half a billion years ago. (2017-12-12)
How much can 252-million-year-old ecosystems tell us about modern Earth? A lot.
New paleontological research shows that during the late Permian, the equator was dry and desert-like, yet surprisingly a hotspot for biodiversity. (2017-12-11)
How do you track a secretive hawk? Follow the isotopes
A study by the University of Cincinnati found that the rare Henst's goshawk of Madagascar hunts lemurs in low-lying areas that are most at risk to deforestation. (2017-12-11)
530-million-year-old fossil has look of world's oldest eye, study suggests
A 530-million-year-old fossil contains what could be the oldest eye ever discovered, a study reveals. (2017-12-07)
Evolution: It's all in the ears
A new study by a team of international experts, led by Dr James Neenan, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Evolutionary Studies Institute at Wits University in South Africa, has revealed that a completely extinct group of marine reptiles called sauropterygians evolved similar inner ear proportions to those of some modern day aquatic reptiles and mammals. (2017-12-07)
Freeze and flee: The costly 'escape' response of narwhals
East Greenland narwhals exhibit both 'freeze' and 'flee' responses when escaping from threats, researchers report. (2017-12-07)
Unique field survey yields first big-picture view of deep-sea food webs
A new paper by MBARI researchers Anela Choy, Steve Haddock, and Bruce Robison documents the first comprehensive study of deep-sea food webs, using hundreds of video observations of animals caught in the act of feeding off the Central California coast. (2017-12-06)
Tigers cling to survival in Sumatra's increasingly fragmented forests
A research expedition tracked endangered tigers through the Sumatran jungles for a year and found tigers are clinging to survival in low density populations. (2017-12-05)
Obesity prevented in mice fed high-fat diet
Washington University researchers activated the Hedgehog protein pathway in the fat cells of mice. (2017-12-05)
Dahl's toad-headed turtle threatened by fragmented habitat, shrinking populations
A recent study published in Conservation Genetics by researchers from the Universidad de los Andes, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), and the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) shows that the Dahl's Toad-headed Turtle (Mesoclemmys dahli), a rare reptile found only in Colombia, is threatened with extinction due to alarmingly small and fragmented populations and high levels of inbreeding. (2017-12-05)
It's good to be rare, for some species
For many species, rarity is not a guarantee of impending extinction. (2017-12-05)
Scallop eyes mirror reflecting telescopes, with sophisticated optical properties
Researchers have obtained a detailed view of a scallop's visual system -- a sophisticated arrangement of up to 200 eyes they say is strikingly similar to a reflecting telescope. (2017-11-30)
Space-inspired study unravels mysterious constellations of the oceans
Vital scientific information about whale shark behavior, biology and ecology is being uncovered by an unlikely source -- ecotourists and other citizens. (2017-11-29)
Feces from entangled North Atlantic right whales reveals 'sky-high' stress levels
In a new study published this week in Endangered Species Research, North Atlantic right whale scientists found that whales who undergo prolonged entanglements in fishing gear endure 'sky-high hormone levels,' indicating severe stress, which researchers discovered using a pioneering technique of examining scat from live, entangled, and dead whales over 15 years. (2017-11-29)
Abominable Snowman? Nope -- study ties DNA samples from purported Yetis to Asian bears
The research, which will be published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, analyzed nine 'Yeti' specimens, including bone, tooth, skin, hair and fecal samples collected in the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau. (2017-11-28)
Cool lizards are better at learning socially
Bearded dragons which are incubated in colder environments are better at solving cognitive tasks as adults than incubated in warmer temperatures, according to new research published today. (2017-11-22)
EU trade ban brings down global trade in wild birds by 90 percent
Trade of wild birds has dropped 90 percent globally since EU banned bird imports in 2005. (2017-11-22)
Brain cell advance brings fresh hope for CJD therapies
Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have developed a new system to study Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in the laboratory, paving the way for research to find treatments for the fatal brain disorder. (2017-11-20)
Production timings could stem illegal wildlife laundering
Production timings for artificially propagated plants and animals could help flag items offered for sale before they should legally be available. (2017-11-16)
Using eDNA to identify the breeding habitat of endangered species
Using wide-ranging eDNA analysis combined with traditional collection survey methods, Japanese researchers have identified the breeding site of critically endangered fish species Acheilognathus typus in the mainstream of Omono River in Akita Prefecture, Japan. (2017-11-16)
How to keep cows happy
New research now shows that removing splashes of colors, shadows or water puddles from corrals, keeping noise levels down and not using dogs and electric prods can dramatically reduce the stress cattle experience. (2017-11-15)
Microbiome transplants provide disease resistance in critically-endangered Hawaiian plant
A team of researchers at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and the O'ahu Army Natural Resources Program transplanted microbes to restore the health of a critically endangered Hawaiian plant that, until now, had been driven to extinction in the wild and only survived in managed greenhouses under heavy doses of fungicide. (2017-11-14)
Seals, birds and humans compete for fish in the Baltic Sea
In Sweden and in other parts of Europe there are concerns that seals and birds compete with humans for fish resources. (2017-11-13)
Researchers find first wild alligator snapping turtle in Illinois since 1984
Researchers report the first sighting in 30 years of a wild alligator snapping turtle in Illinois. (2017-11-13)
Study: More neuroscience research articles are reporting the sex of laboratory animals
In the largest-ever survey of neuroscience research, scientists found that the number of research studies reporting the sex of lab animals increased significantly in the current decade, though sex bias remains present. (2017-11-09)
Seagrass biodiversity is both a goal and a means for restoration
Planting multiple seagrass species, rather than a single species, could be better for restoring damaged coastal ecosystems in Indonesia's Coral Triangle. (2017-11-08)
How human cognition can affect the spreading of diseases like Ebola
Psychologists from the University of Sydney and Texas Tech have applied science to health communication and found that the way the message is conveyed can have a significant impact on awareness about diseases, like Ebola, that jump from animals to people. (2017-11-08)
Climate change, sparse policies endanger right whale population
North Atlantic right whales -- a highly endangered species making modest population gains in the past decade - may be imperiled by warming waters and insufficient international protection, according to a new Cornell University analysis published in Global Change Biology. (2017-11-07)
Do animals think rationally?
Previous research has shown that animals can remember specific events, use tools and solve problems. (2017-11-01)
Lemurs are weird because Madagascar's fruit is weird
Lemurs eat way less fruit than most other primates, and scientists have a new hypothesis as to why: the fruit on Madagascar, where the lemurs live, is unusually low in protein. (2017-10-31)
Massage could be used to aid recovery of damaged limbs
Massage could increase the regrowth of muscle after muscle loss, according to new research published in The Journal of Physiology. (2017-10-31)
Research shows how environment plays key role in changing movement behavior of animals
University of Leicester mathematicians develop theory which helps to unravel long-standing mysteries of animal movement. (2017-10-30)
Under pressure
UCSB postdoctoral scholar Erin Meyer-Gutbrod shows that right whales, already an endangered species, may face a dim future. (2017-10-30)
Spooky conservation: Saving endangered species over our dead bodies
The secret to the survival of critically endangered wildlife could lie beyond the grave, according to a University of Queensland researcher. (2017-10-30)
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