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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. (2015-09-21)
The only way is up: Trees help reptiles thrive
James Cook University researchers in Queensland say if graziers leave trees in place on their land all types of reptiles will benefit. (2017-08-10)
Ancient reptiles 'make tracks'
A new discovery of fossilized footprints reveals when reptiles first conquered dry land. (2010-07-29)
Running out of reptiles
National attention has been riveted on the issue of amphibian declines for years and has intensified with each new report of vanishing populations or deformities. (2000-08-10)
Rapid rise of the Mesozoic sea dragons
In the Mesozoic, the time of the dinosaurs, from 252 to 66 million years ago, marine reptiles such as ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs were top predators in the oceans. (2016-05-20)
Why solitary reptiles lay eggs in communal nests
Reptiles are not known to be the most social of creatures. (2009-09-02)
Reptiles share sleep patterns with mammals and birds after all
A new study reveals that the sleep patterns previously thought exclusive to mammals and birds -- REM and slow-wave sleep patterns -- are also found in reptiles. (2016-04-28)
Preschool-aged children at high risk of salmonella from reptiles
Reptiles can make great pets--they're quiet and they don't leave fur on the furniture and floors. (2004-08-31)
Whooping cranes' predatory behavior key for adaptation, survival
The whooping crane, with its snowy white plumage and trumpeting call, is one of the most beloved American birds, and one of the most endangered. (2016-02-10)
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. (2010-11-29)
Snake black market poses risk to humans and wildlife
The illegal reptile trade, including venomous snakes, could put wildlife, the environment and human lives at risk, a new study has found. (2016-11-17)
University of Tennessee study finds crocodiles are cleverer than previously thought
Vladimir Dinets, a research assistant professor at UT, is the first to observe two crocodilian species -- muggers and American alligators -- using twigs and sticks to lure birds, particularly during nest-building time. (2013-12-04)
'Dinosaur bends' caused by prolonged diving
Dinosaur-like creatures may have injured themselves during leisurely deep-sea diving trips and not from resurfacing too quickly, as previously thought. (2012-08-15)
Addressing feral cats' diet may help protect native species
Because reducing the impacts of feral cats -- domestic cats that have returned to the wild -- is a priority for conservation efforts across the globe, a research team recently reviewed the animals' diet across Australia and its territorial islands to help consider how they might best be managed. (2015-02-02)
Tiny chameleons discovered in Madagascar
Four new species of miniaturized lizards have been identified in Madagascar. (2012-02-15)
Reptile Database surpasses 10,000 reptile species
More than 10,000 reptile species have been recorded into the Reptile Database, a web-based catalog of all living reptile species and classification, making the reptile species among the most diverse vertebrate groups in the world, alongside bird and fish species. (2014-08-01)
First amphibious ichthyosaur discovered, filling evolutionary gap
The first fossil of an amphibious ichthyosaur has been discovered in China by a team led by researchers at the University of California, Davis. (2014-11-05)
The amazing amphibians and reptiles of the Philippine island Luzon
Renewed interest in exploring the unique fauna of the northern Philippines has produced a series of notable discoveries, drawing attention to the astonishingly high level of species diversity in this small island archipelago. (2013-02-07)
The pain of evolution: A big toothache for reptiles
Our susceptibility to oral infection has some parallels to those of ancient reptiles that evolved to eat a diet incorporating plants in addition to meat. (2011-04-18)
Ancient reptile birth preserved in fossil
Ichthyosaur fossil may show the earliest live birth from an ancient Mesozoic marine reptile. (2014-02-12)
Humans identify emotions in the voices of all air-breathing vertebrates
Amphibians, reptiles, mammals -- all of them communicate via acoustic signals. (2017-07-26)
Newly discovered paddle prints show how ancient sea reptiles swam
Trackways formed on an ancient seabed have shed new light on how nothosaurs, ancient marine reptiles that lived during the age of the dinosaurs, propelled themselves through water. (2014-06-11)
Marine life quickly recovered after global mass extinction
Reptiles rapidly invaded the seas soon after a global extinction wiped out most life on Earth, according to a new study led by UC Davis researchers. (2016-06-13)
Genetic evidence points to nocturnal early mammals
New genetic evidence suggesting that early mammals had good night-time vision adds to fossil and behavioral studies indicating that early mammals were nocturnal. (2017-04-20)
New fossil site in China shows long recovery of life from the largest extinction in Earth's history
A major new fossil site in south-west China has filled in a sizable gap in our understanding of how life on this planet recovered from the greatest mass extinction of all time, according to a paper co-authored by professor Mike Benton, in the School of Earth Sciences, and published this week in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. (2010-12-22)
Answer to restoring lost island biodiversity found in fossils
Many native species have vanished from tropical islands because of human impact, but University of Florida scientists have discovered how fossils can be used to restore lost biodiversity. (2014-09-22)
Study finds key mechanism important for sex determination in vertebrates
In various vertebrate species, including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, the DMRT1 gene is a master sex regulator. (2016-12-06)
How the mouse outlived the giant
By scanning the fossil remains of mammal-like reptiles from the Karoo of South Africa, Dr. (2016-06-22)
Bearded dragons show REM and slow wave sleep
Brain sleep appeared early in vertebrate evolution. (2016-04-28)
Artificial refuges created to save the reptiles of Doñana
The Aznalcóllar mining accident more than 11 years ago, which contaminated part of the Doñana National Park, also damaged reptile habitat there. (2009-11-27)
Mammal-like reptile survived much longer than thought
Researchers have uncovered dozens of fossilized teeth in Kuwajima, Japan, and identified this as a new species of tritylodontid, an animal family that links the evolution of mammals from reptiles. (2016-04-24)
UT professor defines play, discovers even turtles need recess
Seeing a child or a dog play is not a foreign sight. (2010-10-19)
Bones from nearly 50 ancient flying reptiles discovered
Scientists discovered the bones of nearly 50 winged reptiles from a new species, Caiuajara dobruskii, that lived during the Cretaceous in southern Brazil. (2014-08-13)
Peru's Manu National Park sets new biodiversity record
When it comes to amphibian and reptile biodiversity, the eastern slopes of the Andes mountains in South America stand out. (2014-02-19)
International team announces discovery of massive Jurassic marine reptile
After months of preparing and conserving a pliosaur specimen excavated last summer in the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, researchers confirmed their earlier suspicions: the 150-million-year-old Jurassic marine reptile is perhaps the largest ever found. (2008-03-05)
Reptilian root canal: U of T Mississauga study reveals infection in jaw of ancient fossil
A reptile that lived 275-million years ago in what is now Oklahoma is giving paleontologists a glimpse of the oldest known toothache. (2011-04-18)
Lizards change their diet to avoid predators
A scientist from the University of Salamanca and another from Yale University have shown that the presence of predators affects the behavior of Acanthodactylus beershebensis, a lizard species from the Negev Desert in the Near East. (2009-12-02)
Coming out of their evolutionary shells
Corresponding author and Medical University of Vienna professor Leopold Eckhart and colleagues, in a study published in the advanced online edition of Molecular Biology and Evolution, performed the first comprehensive study of the genes that control the hard cutaneous layers of the shell in the North American painted turtle and other turtles. (2015-11-24)
High-tech imaging of inner ear sheds light on hearing, behavior of oldest fossil bird
The earliest known bird, the magpie-sized Archaeopteryx, had a similar hearing range to the modern emu, which suggests that the 145 million-year-old creature -- despite its reptilian teeth and long tail -- was more birdlike than reptilian, according to new research published today. (2009-01-13)
Ancient lone star lizard lounged in lush, tropical Texas
Researchers have discovered a new species of extinct worm lizard in Texas and dubbed it the 'Lone Star' lizard. (2016-02-19)
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