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Why did the turtles cross the highway? They didn't, but they still might be impacted
Ohio University researchers set out to determine the impact of the Route 33 bypass through Wayne National Forest on the local box turtle population. (2019-11-06)
Ancient bone protein reveals which turtles were on the menu in Florida, Caribbean
Thousands of years ago, the inhabitants of modern-day Florida and the Caribbean feasted on sea turtles, leaving behind bones that tell tales of ancient diets and the ocean's past. (2019-11-04)
Infectious disease in marine life linked to decades of ocean warming
New research shows that long-term changes in diseases in ocean species coincides with decades of widespread environmental change. (2019-10-09)
Neurological signals from the spinal cord surprise scientists
With a study of the network between nerve and muscle cells in turtles, researchers from the University of Copenhagen have gained new insight into the way in which movements are generated and maintained. (2019-09-19)
Scientists discover one of world's oldest bird species in Waipara, New Zealand
The ancestor of some of the largest flying birds ever has been found in Waipara, New Zealand. (2019-09-17)
Climate change could bring short-term gain, long-term pain for loggerhead turtles
New research from conservation biologists at Florida State University and their collaborators suggests that while some loggerheads will suffer from the effects of a changing climate, populations in certain nesting areas could stand to reap important short-term benefits from the shifting environmental conditions. (2019-09-05)
How red-eared invaders are hurting California's native turtles
Western pond turtles got fatter and healthier after scientists removed nearly 200 invasive red-eared slider turtles from the UC Davis Arboretum, reports a new study published recently in the journal PeerJ. (2019-08-22)
No teeth cleaning needed: Crocodiles shed old teeth, grow new ones
Having one of the most powerful bites in the animal kingdom, crocodiles must be able to bite hard to eat their food such as turtles, wildebeest and other large prey. (2019-08-13)
Green turtles eat plastic that looks like their food
Green turtles are more likely to swallow plastic that resembles their natural diet of sea grass, new research suggests. (2019-08-09)
New study could reset how scientists view sex determination in painted turtle populations
A study that looks at how temperature influences the development of painted turtles may lead biologists to rethink the theoretical frameworks they use when analyzing the topic. (2019-08-06)
Gender bending: Baby turtles influence their own sex
Baby turtles influence their gender by moving around inside their eggs, research has revealed. (2019-08-04)
Turtle embryos play a role in determining their own sex
In certain turtle species, the temperature of the egg determines whether the offspring is female or male. (2019-08-01)
Species aren't adapting fast enough to cope with climate change, according to new study
Many species are adapting to climate change, but those adaptations aren't occurring fast enough to guarantee their long-term survival, according to a recent study that analyzed 10,000 published scientific papers. (2019-08-01)
Preventing people from abandoning exotic pets that threatened biodiversity
Abandoning exotic pets is an ethical problem that can lead to biological invasions that threaten conservation of biodiversity in the environment. (2019-07-25)
No new males: Climate change threat to Cape Verde turtles
Rising temperatures could mean no male loggerhead turtles hatch at a key breeding ground by the end of this century, new research suggests. (2019-07-11)
Satellite data reveals largest-ever macroalgae bloom
Scientists have used satellite observations to identify the largest bloom of macroalgae in the world, the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt -- a heavy mass of brown algae stretching from West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico. (2019-07-04)
'Gentle recovery' of Brazil's leatherback turtles
Brazil's leatherback turtles are making a 'gentle recovery' after 30 years of conservation efforts, new research shows. (2019-07-01)
Conservation efforts for giant south american river turtles have protected 147,000 females
By analyzing records in countries of the Amazon and Orinoco basins--which include Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador -- a paper published today in Oryx -- The International Journal of Conservation, categorized 85 past and present initiatives or projects that work to preserve the South American River Turtle, or charapa (Podocnemis expansa), a critically endangered species. (2019-06-25)
Good viruses and bad bacteria: A world-first green sea turtle trial
A world-first study at James Cook University in Australia has found an alternative to antibiotics for treating bacterial infections in green sea turtles. (2019-06-18)
Chimpanzees catch and eat crabs
Chimpanzees have a mainly vegetarian diet, but do occasionally eat meat. (2019-05-29)
Baby tiger sharks eat songbirds
Tiger sharks have a reputation for being the 'garbage cans of the sea' -- they'll eat just about anything, from dolphins and sea turtles to rubber tires. (2019-05-21)
It's not just fish, plastic pollution harms the bacteria that help us breathe
Ten percent of the oxygen we breathe comes from just one kind of bacteria in the ocean. (2019-05-14)
Bronx river turtles get a check-up
A team of scientists and veterinarians gave a health evaluation of turtles living in the Bronx River, one of the most urbanized rivers in the U.S. and the only remaining freshwater river that flows through New York City. (2019-05-02)
Sharks more vulnerable than originally thought, new research shows
New study reveals in excess of 2.5 million sharks are caught annually in the South West Indian Ocean - 73% more than officially reported. (2019-04-15)
Sea turtles struggle years after unexplained die-off
New research is detailing how environmental stressors, including heavy metals, brought on by human activity are harming coastal green sea turtle populations -- work that researchers hope will inform conservation efforts going forward. (2019-04-04)
Compass orientation of a migratory bat species depends on sunset direction
A team of scientists led by the Leibniz-IZW in Berlin combined a mirror experiment simulating a different direction of the setting sun and a new test procedure to measure orientation behavior in bats to understand the role of the sun's position in the animals' navigation system. (2019-04-04)
Historical trade of tortoiseshell reveals origins of modern wildlife trafficking networks
Monterey Bay Aquarium research finds that historical tortoiseshell trade routes may have established the groundwork for modern illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. (2019-03-27)
Evidence for ancient magnetic sense in humans
The human brain can unconsciously respond to changes in Earth's magnetic fields, according to a team of geoscientists and neurobiologists. (2019-03-18)
Tracking turtles with telemetry
A new model has been created that can forecast the location of Eastern Pacific leatherback turtles along the coast of Central and South America in an effort to decrease bycatch mortality of this critically endangered and ecologically important species. (2019-03-14)
Climate change could devastate painted turtles, according to new study
Climate change could contribute to the demographic collapse of the painted turtle, a species that has temperature-dependent sex determination. (2019-03-13)
Balloons the number 1 marine debris risk of mortality for seabirds
A new IMAS and CSIRO collaborative study has found that balloons are the highest-risk plastic debris item for seabirds -- 32 times more likely to kill than ingesting hard plastics. (2019-03-01)
Newly discovered turtle species is facing extinction
A new species in the family of Softshell Turtles is described from Northern Vietnam and China by a Hungarian-Vietnamese-German team of researchers. (2019-02-13)
Plastic in Britain's seals, dolphins and whales
Microplastics have been found in the guts of every marine mammal examined in a new study of animals washed up on Britain's shores. (2019-01-31)
Factors in 'alarming rate' of cold-stranded sea turtles in Cape Cod Bay
The number of cold-stunning and stranding events among juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtles, one of the world's most endangered species, is increasing at an 'alarming' rate and has moved north from Long Island Sound to Cape Cod Bay, say researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Mass Audubon and the University of Rhode Island. (2019-01-31)
Green turtle: The success of the reintroduction program in Cayman Islands
The reintroduction program for the green turtle in the Cayman Islands has been crucial in order to recover this species, which are threatened by the effects of human overexploitation, according to the first genetic study of the green turtle's reintroduction program in this area of the Atlantic ocean. (2019-01-18)
Marine mammals and sea turtles recovering after Endangered Species Act protection
More than three-quarters of marine mammal and sea turtle populations have significantly increased after listing of the US Endangered Species Act (ESA), according to a study published Jan. (2019-01-16)
For these critically endangered marine turtles, climate change could be a knockout blow
Researchers from FSU's Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science suggest that projected increases in air temperatures, rainfall inundation and blistering solar radiation could significantly reduce hawksbill hatching success at a selection of major nesting beaches. (2018-12-14)
Fifty years of decline in Queensland's coastal sharks
Queensland's coastal shark numbers are continuing a 50-year decline, in sharp contradiction of suggestions of 'exploding' shark populations, according to an analysis of Queensland Shark Control Program data. (2018-12-13)
New approach helps mitigating the effect of climate change on sea turtles
New research has reported effective conservation strategies that can mitigate the impacts of climate warming on sea turtle nesting success. (2018-12-06)
Microplastics found in all sea turtle species
Tests on more than 100 sea turtles -- spanning three oceans and all seven species -- have revealed microplastics in the guts of every single turtle. (2018-12-04)
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