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August 31, 2015

Endangered Animals Can Be Identified by Rate of Genetic Diversity Loss

Aug. 31, 2015 — A new study presents a novel approach for identifying vertebrate populations at risk of extinction by estimating the rate of genetic diversity loss, a measurement that could help researchers and ... read more

Aug. 31, 2015 — Among birds, the line between species is often blurry. Some closely related species interbreed where their ranges overlap, producing hybrid offspring. In the coastal marshes of New England, this has ... read more

Aug. 25, 2015 — In early August, a biologist returned from the South Pacific with news that he encountered an old friend, one he hadn't seen in over three decades. The professor had seen what he considers one ... read more

Aug. 17, 2015 — A salamander found preserved in amber from the Dominican Republic is the first-ever fossil of its kind, and also shows that salamanders once lived in the Caribbean region, where they now are all ... read more

Aug. 13, 2015 — Scientists have identified a new species of pre-mammal in what is now Zambia. Thanks to a unique groove on the animal's upper jaw, it was dubbed Ichibengops, which combines the local Bemba word ... read more

Aug. 13, 2015 — Black-footed ferrets, a critically endangered species native to North America, have renewed hope for future survival thanks to successful efforts by a coalition of conservationists, to reproduce ... read more

Aug. 12, 2015 — Computer scientists have found that robots evolve more quickly and efficiently after a virtual mass extinction modeled after real-life disasters such as the one that killed off the dinosaurs. Beyond ... read more

Evolution Peaks on Tropical Mountain

Aug. 12, 2015 — Tropical mountains have an exceptionally high biodiversity. This is also the case for Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. During an expedition, experts investigated the local fauna, flora, and ... read more

Aug. 12, 2015 — Competition played a more important role in the evolution of the dog family (wolves, foxes, and their relatives) than climate change, shows a new international study. Researchers analyzed over 2000 ... read more

Aug. 11, 2015 — Feral animals and pest plants threaten many Australian species in the Lake Eyre Basin, the world's largest internally draining lake system in central Australia. A three-year study has ... read more

Mass Extinction Survival Is More Than Just a Numbers Game

Aug. 11, 2015 — Widespread species are at just as high risk of being wiped out as rare ones after global mass extinction events, says new research by UK ... read more

Bringing the Tasmanian Devil Back to Mainland Australia Would Restore Ecosystem Health

Aug. 11, 2015 — Australian researchers have conducted the first study assessing the ecological impact of returning Tasmanian devils to mainland Australia, as a way to replace culled dingoes as apex ... read more

Aug. 10, 2015 — A team of researchers recently published the first rigorous assessment of extinction of invertebrates in Hawai`i. In a companion study the team addressed invertebrate extinction globally. Based on ... read more

Newly Identified Tadpole Disease Found Across the Globe

Aug. 10, 2015 — Scientists have found that a newly identified and highly infectious tadpole disease is found in a diverse range of frog populations across the world. The discovery sheds new light on some of the ... read more

Aug. 10, 2015 — A dramatic shift from vibrant coral communities to carpets of algae has been documented by researchers in remote Pacific Ocean waters where an underwater volcano spews carbon ... read more

Severe Droughts Could Lead to Widespread Losses of Butterflies by 2050

Aug. 10, 2015 — Widespread drought-sensitive butterfly population extinctions could occur in the UK as early as 2050 according to a new study. However, the authors conclude that substantial greenhouse gas emission ... read more

Aug. 7, 2015 — New analyses of vertebrate groups performed by an evolutionary biologist suggest that land animals proliferate more rapidly than their aquatic counterparts. The findings may help explain biodiversity ... read more

Scientists Move a Step Closer to Understanding Species Distributions in the Face of Climate Change

Aug. 7, 2015 — Scientists move a step closer to understanding species distributions in the face of climate ... read more

Aug. 7, 2015 — Fish retreat to deeper water to escape the heat, a new study shows, a finding that throws light on what to expect if predictions of ocean warming come to ... read more

High-Altitude Climate Change to Kill Cloud Forest Plants

Aug. 7, 2015 — Scientists have discovered many tropical, mountaintop plants won't survive global warming, even under the best-case climate scenario. Many of the species they studied will likely not be able to ... read more

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