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  • From cradle to grave: Factors that shaped evolution
    on July 19, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    This study brings us closer to knowing the complex interactions between topography and climate change, and how these factors influence the evolutionary histories and biodiversity of species in natural ecosystems. […]

  • Vast majority of Americans support Endangered Species Act despite increasing efforts to curtail it
    on July 19, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    Roughly four out of five Americans support the Endangered Species Act, and only one in 10 oppose it, found a survey of 1,287 Americans. Support has remained stable for the past two decades. […]

  • Does biodiversity loss leads to an increased disease risk?
    on July 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Biodiversity is disappearing at an alarming rate as infectious diseases increasingly spill over from wildlife to humans. Disease ecologists fervently debate whether biodiversity loss leads to an increased disease risk. Now, a new study offers some answers. […]

  • For one tropical tree, effective seed dispersal relies especially on elephants
    on July 18, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Deer, bears, gibbons, but especially elephants, play an important role in seed dispersal for a large-fruited tree in the forests of Thailand, according to a new study. The data illustrate the complexity of forest ecology and hint that, at least for this one species, changes have occurred that have diminished its overall reproductive success. […]

  • Novel approach studies whale shark ages the best way -- while they are swimming
    on July 18, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    A new study of whale sharks, using a novel approach to gathering data, shows these endangered animals can live longer and grow larger than previously believed. […]

  • Effort to preserve lory population shows success
    on July 18, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    A long-term plan to preserve the Rimatara lorikeet by restoring an extirpated population of the species on a neighboring island that is free of predatory ship rats is demonstrating the importance of this kind of protective program for the sustainability of endangered bird species.&nbs […]

  • 5,000 percent increase in native trees on rat-free palmyra atoll
    on July 17, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    New research demonstrates dramatic positive benefits for native trees following rat removal at Palmyra Atoll, a magnificent National Wildlife Refuge and natural research laboratory located about 1000 miles south of Hawaii. For five native tree species, including Pisonia grandis, fewer than 150 seedlings were counted in the presence of rats, and more than 7700 seedlings were counted five years after rats were removed. […]

  • Protecting tropical forest carbon stocks may not prevent large-scale species loss
    on July 16, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    As the world seeks to curb human-induced climate change, will protecting the carbon of tropical forests also ensure the survival of their species? A study suggests the answer to this question is far from straightforward. Forests with the greatest carbon content do not necessarily house the most species, meaning carbon-focused conservation can miss large swathes of tropical forest biodiversity. […]

  • Australia has a new venomous snake -- And it may already be threatened
    on July 16, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    The ink has not yet dried on a scientific paper describing a new species of snake, yet the reptile may already be in danger of extinction due to mining. A team of biologists discovered a new species of bandy-bandy snake at Weipa on the west coast of the Cape York Peninsula. […]

  • 84 highly endangered amur leopards remain in China and Russia
    on July 13, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Scientists estimate there are only 84 remaining highly endangered Amur leopards (Panthera pardus orientalis) remaining in the wild across its current range along the southernmost border of Primorskii Province in Russia and Jilin Province of China. […]

  • New evidence of two subspecies of American pikas in Rocky Mountain National Park
    on July 12, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    Rocky Mountain National Park provides habitat for not one, but two subspecies of the American pika. […]

  • Mapping species range shifts under recent climatic changes
    on July 12, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    The inclusion of taxon-specific sensitivity to a shifting climate helps us understand species distributional responses to changes in climate. […]

  • Rhino sperm from the cold
    on July 11, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    A new mixture of cryoprotectives allows for an unprecedented high motility of frozen rhinoceros sperm after thawing, report scientists. These new cryoprotectives can increase the prospects of utilizing assisted reproduction techniques for many endangered wildlife species. […]

  • The first endemic Baltic Sea fish species received its name
    on July 11, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    Researchers have discovered and named a new endemic fish species in the Baltic Sea, the 'Baltic flounder,' Platichthys solemdali. […]

  • LED lights reduce seabird death toll from fishing by 85 percent
    on July 11, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Illuminating fishing nets with low-cost lights could reduce the terrible impact they have on seabirds and marine-dwellers by more than 85 percent, new research has shown. […]

  • Success of conservation efforts for important Caribbean Reef fish hinges on climate change
    on July 11, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    Marine scientists predict climate change might severely hinder efforts to protect populations of the endangered and iconic Nassau grouper by the end of this century. […]

  • Concern about flame-retardant metabolites in bald eagles raised in new study
    on July 11, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    A study finds that chemicals used in flame retardants, plasticizers and other commercial products are broken down through the process of metabolism into other compounds. Researchers say not enough is known about the dangers posed by those compounds, known as metabolites. […]

  • Bale monkeys living in different areas have very different DNA
    on July 10, 2018 at 12:29 am

    Bale monkeys that live in continuous bamboo forests have different mitochondrial DNA to Bale monkeys living in fragmented forests, according to a new study. […]

  • New insights on mosquitoes that spread disease
    on July 9, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    The Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) is a highly invasive species and a vector of multiple pathogens including various viruses, such as chikungunya, dengue, and Zika. A new Medical and Veterinary Entomology study that evaluated the relationship between the mosquito's presence and habitat variables at a small scale provides important information for planning effective prevention and control campaigns. […]

  • Described 28 years post collection, new grass species makes a strong case for conservation
    on July 5, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    Originally collected 28 years ago in Ecuador, the new species Poa laegaardiana has been just described, only to find out its prospects for surviving in its type location seem bleak due to intense farming in the area. […]

  • A breakthrough to rescue the Northern White Rhino
    on July 5, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    Northern White Rhinos (NWR) are functionally extinct, as only two females of this species are left on the planet. An international team of scientists has now successfully created hybrid embryos from Southern White Rhino (SWR) eggs and NWR sperm using assisted reproduction techniques (ART). This is the first, ever reported, generation of blastocysts (a pre-implantation embryos) of rhinos in a test tube. […]

  • New wasp species with a giant stinger discovered in Amazonia
    on July 5, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    A newly discovered wasp species in the Amazon has an exceptionally large stinger that surprised even scientists. The new insect, which is found in the extremely diverse transitional zone between the Andes and the Amazonian lowland rainforest, uses its stinger both for laying eggs and injecting venom. […]

  • To help save northern spotted owls, we need to prevent kissing cousins
    on July 4, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Biologists present a study on a Northern Spotted Owl pedigree, consisting of almost 14,200 individuals over 30 years, which determined inbreeding varies across the species' range. Selection against inbreeding based on decreased future reproduction, fewer offspring, and overall survival of individuals was also supported. These results indicate that Spotted Owl conservation efforts need to address owl breeding more. Another implication of this work is the need to increase genetic diversity to prevent further population decline. […]

  • Piping plovers want people to get off their lawn
    on July 4, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    A new study presents negative associations between anthropogenic disturbance (human recreational use of beaches, coastal modifications) and piping plovers on their non-breeding grounds. Shorebirds are one of the most threatened bird families in the world. This research indicates that there are direct consequences of disturbance. […]

  • Scale is a key ingredient when tracking biodiversity, researchers say
    on July 2, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    To fully understand biodiversity and how it is changing, you need to look near, far, and in-between, according to a new study. Researchers studied 50 years of data about nesting birds in North America and tracked biodiversity changes on a local, regional, and continental scale. They found significant differences in how much change had occurred, based upon how wide a geographic net they cast. […]

  • Loss of lemurs might endanger many of Madagascar's largest tree species
    on July 2, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    Widespread logging and hunting have endangered virtually all of Madagascar's 100-plus species of iconic lemurs, and a new study by ecologists illustrates how saving the animals may also be key to saving the island's largest trees. […]

  • Cracking the genetic code of koalas
    on July 2, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    The koala genome has been sequenced in a world first, by an international consortium of conservation scientists and geneticists. Considered to be the most complete marsupial genome sequenced in terms of quality -- on par with the human genome -- the highly accurate genomic data will provide information to inform habitat conservation, tackle diseases and help ensure this iconic animal's long-term survival. […]

  • Giant panda population research shows new challenges
    on July 2, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Scientists report results of a large-scale study examining giant panda habitat use trends and changing threats to their survival. This benchmark study is based on nearly 70,000 person-hours of survey work by China's State Forestry Administration throughout the panda's range in Sichuan, covering three-quarters of the entire species range. […]

  • Off the scale: Can forensics save the world's most-trafficked mammal?
    on June 29, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    Forensic fingerprinting techniques will now be used in the battle against illegal wildlife trade as new methods of lifting fingermarks from trafficked animals. […]

  • Ancient Moroccan dental remains elucidate history of long-lost African fauna
    on June 28, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    Long before rhinoceros, giraffes, hippos, and antelopes roamed the African savannah, a group of large and highly specialized mammals known as embrithopods inhabited the continent. The most well known is Arsinoitherium, an animal that looked much like a rhinoceros but was in fact more closely related to elephants, sea cows, and hyraxes. Now, researchers offer a glimpse into this ancient past with the discovery of the most ancient embrithopod yet described. […]