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  • Exposure to water that is both salty and fresh is key to future success
    on January 17, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    According to Charles Darwin the ability to adapt to new conditions is essential for survival of species. The capacity to cope with altered conditions is becoming increasingly important in the face of climate change. New evidence on salt water tolerance in spawning migrating pike from the Baltic Sea suggests that not being adapted to specific local environments may promote persistence in an uncertain, rapidly changing world. […]

  • California sea lion population rebounded to new highs
    on January 17, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    California sea lions have fully rebounded under the protection of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, with their population on the West Coast reaching carrying capacity in 2008 before unusually warm ocean conditions reduced their numbers, according to the first comprehensive population assessment of the species. […]

  • Canine distemper confirmed in Far Eastern leopard, world's most endangered big cat
    on January 17, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    The Far Eastern or Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) is already among the rarest of the world's big cats, but new research reveals that it faces yet another threat: infection with canine distemper virus (CDV). […]

  • New light on the mysterious origin of Bornean elephants
    on January 17, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    How did Borneo get its elephant? This could be just another of Rudyard Kipling's just so stories. The Bornean elephant is a subspecies of Asian Elephants that only exist in a small region of Borneo. Their presence on this southeastern Asian island has been a mystery. Scientists have discovered that elephants might have arrived on Borneo at a time of the last land bridge between the Sunda Islands in Southeast Asia. […]

  • Drones confirm importance of Costa Rican waters for sea turtles
    on January 16, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    A new drone-enabled population survey -- the first ever on sea turtles -- shows that larger-than-anticipated numbers of turtles aggregate in waters off Costa Rica's Ostional National Wildlife Refuge. Scientists estimate turtle densities may reach up to 2,086 animals per square kilometer. The study underscores the importance of the Ostional habitat; it also confirms that drones are a reliable tool for surveying sea turtle abundance. […]

  • Europe's lost forests: Coverage has halved over 6,000 years
    on January 16, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Research shows more than half of the forests across Europe have been lost over the past 6,000 years. […]

  • Protecting corridors is critical to preserving genetic diversity in tigers, and mizimising...
    on January 11, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Tigers have lost 95% of their historical range, and what remains is highly fragmented. According to a new study, high traffic roads and densely populated urban areas are a severe impediment to tiger movement between fragments. Unplanned development in the future will result in loss of connectivity and an increased possibility of extinction for several tiger populations. To ensure future persistence, tiger populations need to be managed as a network of protected areas connected by corridors. […]

  • Rising temperatures turning major sea turtle population female
    on January 11, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Scientists have used a new research approach to show that warming temperatures are turning one of the world's largest sea turtle colonies almost entirely female, running the risk that the colony cannot sustain itself in coming decades, newly published research concludes. […]

  • New hope for critically endangered Myanmar snub-nosed monkey
    on January 11, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Eight years after the discovery of a new primate species in Myanmar, scientists have released a new report revealing how the 'snubby' is faring. […]

  • Hiding from a warmer climate in the forest
    on January 11, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    Global warming threatens forest plants adapted to cooler temperatures. An international team of scientists have unraveled where these species could survive within colder spots in the same forest. The findings can help to understand the effect of climate change on forest biodiversity and what we can do to protect it. […]

  • Giant extinct burrowing bat discovered in New Zealand
    on January 10, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    The fossilized remains of a giant burrowing bat that lived in New Zealand millions of years ago have been found by a UNSW Sydney-led international team of scientists. Teeth and bones of the extinct bat -- which was about three times the size of an average bat today -- were recovered from 19 to 16-million-year-old sediments near the town of St Bathans in Central Otago on the South Island. […]

  • Scouting the eagles: Proof that protecting nests aids reproduction
    on January 10, 2018 at 2:49 am

    Reproduction among bald eagles in a remote national park in Minnesota was aided when their nests were protected from human disturbance, according to a new study. […]

  • Mass extinctions remove species but not ecological variety
    on January 9, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Though mass extinctions wiped out staggeringly high numbers of species, they barely touched the overall 'functional' diversity -- how each species makes a living, be it filtering phytoplankton or eating small crustaceans, burrowing or clamping onto rocks. […]

  • Noise from oil and gas operations stresses birds, hinders reproduction
    on January 9, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Birds exposed to constant noise from oil and gas operations show physiological signs of chronic stress, have chicks whose growth is stunted, and -- in some cases -- lay fewer eggs that hatch, according to a new study. […]

  • Amazon biodiversity hotspot to suffer even more losses after contentious law passed
    on January 8, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    In August 2017, the Bolivian government passed a contentious law that paved the way for construction of a new 190-mile road cutting through one of the country's most iconic and biodiverse protected rainforests. But a new report shows that the Isiboro-Sécure National Park and Indigenous Territory (or TIPNIS) has been subject to alarming levels of deforestation within its borders for many years, a reality that is too often overlooked. […]

  • DNA evidence used to protect the rhinoceros from extinction
    on January 8, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    A new study shows that genetic database now being used in the fight against poaching the rhinoceros. […]

  • A botanical mystery solved by phylogenetic testing
    on January 8, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Researchers used DNA testing to rediscover Dracaena umbraculifera, which was thought to be extinct. […]

  • Impact of lions living alongside giraffe populations
    on January 4, 2018 at 12:47 am

    New research is calling for an urgent review into how populations of giraffes are managed in the wild when living alongside lions. […]

  • Invasive tree species: Call for action to tackle threat to a global biodiversity hotspot
    on January 2, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    An invasive Australian tree is now posing a serious threat to a global diversity 'hotspot' in the natural forests of Jamaica's Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park. The tree species, Pittosporum undulatum, known locally as 'mock orange', is threatening many rare and endangered species, some of which are found nowhere else in the world. Scientists are urging the relevant institutions to prioritise a program of control of this species. […]

  • Scientists should be super modelers
    on December 26, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Scholars and conservationists want to aim for the right future to preserve biodiversity and plan sustainable environments. One of those scholars is calling for due diligence to make sure the right data, not conventional wisdom, shapes that target. […]

  • Ancient dolphin species Urkudelphis chawpipacha discovered in Ecuador
    on December 22, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    An extinct dolphin species likely from the Oligocene has been discovered. The fossil is one of the few fossil dolphins from the equator, and is a reminder that Oligocene cetaceans may have ranged widely in tropical waters. […]

  • West African dolphin now listed as one of Africa's rarest mammals
    on December 22, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    A group of scientists now considers a little-known dolphin that only lives along the Atlantic coasts of Western Africa to be among the continent's most endangered mammals, a list that includes widely recognized species such as gorillas, African wild dogs, and black rhinos. […]

  • Boat traffic threatens the survival of Panama's Bocas Del Toro dolphins
    on December 22, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Bottlenose dolphins in Panama's Bocas Del Toro Archipelago should be designated as endangered say the authors of a new study. Biologists have discovered that the roughly 80 dolphins in the archipelago do not interbreed with other Caribbean bottlenose dolphins. Their low numbers jeopardize their long-term survival, which is threatened by increasing local boat traffic that killed at least seven dolphins in 2012. […]

  • Using footprints to identify and monitor giant pandas in the wild
    on December 21, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Footprints left by giant pandas in the wild can be used to identify the individual panda that made them and determine its sex, scientists show. The new identification technique uses an interactive software tool called FIT. […]

  • Protected tropical forests are threatened by the bounty of adjacent oil palm plantations
    on December 21, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    A new study has warned of the threat that oil palm production poses to tropical forests. […]

  • Political instability and weak governance lead to loss of species, study finds
    on December 20, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Big data study of global biodiversity shows ineffective national governance is a better indicator of species decline than any other measure of 'anthropogenic impact.' Even protected conservation areas make little difference in countries that struggle with socio-political stability. […]

  • Conservation study uses tiny treadmills to test sea turtle hatchling stamina
    on December 19, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    A newly hatched sea turtle should be able to crawl from its nest to the ocean in a couple of minutes. Speed is key and survival depends on their swimming ability. Disoriented hatchlings who make it to the ocean expend massive amounts of energy because what was supposed to take a couple of minutes takes hours to accomplish. This is the first study to test the physiological effects of crawling and swimming on disoriented hatchlings. […]

  • Marine turtles dying after becoming entangled in plastic rubbish
    on December 18, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    Hundreds of marine turtles die every year after becoming entangled in rubbish in the oceans and on beaches, including plastic 'six pack' holders and discarded fishing gear. […]

  • Patterns of elephant poaching in East Africa uncovered by scientists
    on December 18, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Scientists analyzing data from aerial surveys carried out over one of East Africa’s most important nature reserves have uncovered clusters of elephant carcasses close to some ranger posts. The team made the discovery while working together to address the problem of elephant poaching in the Ruaha-Rungwa ecosystem. […]

  • 85 new species described by the California Academy of Sciences in 2017
    on December 18, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    In 2017, researchers at the California Academy of Sciences added 85 new plant and animal species to the family tree, enriching our understanding of Earth's complex web of life and strengthening our ability to make informed conservation decisions. The new species include 16 flowering plants, one elephant-shrew, 10 sharks, 22 fish, three scorpions, seven ants, 13 nudibranchs, seven spiders, three wasps, one fossil sand dollar, one deepwater coral, and one lizard. […]