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May 6, 2015

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May 6, 2015

Diversity of Habitat Needed Around Spotted Owl Reserves, Study Shows

Apr. 28, 2015 — A new study shows that many bird species, including several of high conservation concern, aren't getting the habitat they need due to a focus on promoting California Spotted Owl habitat in the ... read more

Apr. 28, 2015 — The Iberian ibex was reintroduced in the Sierra de Guadarrama (Madrid) in 1989. Now, some say there are too many of them. Researchers have assessed the impact on woody plant species in order to know ... read more

Apr. 28, 2015 — For reef-building corals, sponges do not make good neighbors. Aggressive competitors for space, sponges use toxins, mucus, shading, and smothering to kill adjacent coral colonies and then grow on ... read more

Apr. 27, 2015 — Coral reefs, true reservoirs of biodiversity, are seriously threatened by human activities and climate change. Consequently, their extinction has often been heralded. Now, researchers are painting a ... read more

Apr. 27, 2015 — Fieldwork in Indonesia and Malaysia has led to the discovery of a new coral-dwelling gall crab. The new gall crab, named Lithoscaptus semperi, was discovered inhabiting free-living corals of the ... read more

Apr. 23, 2015 — An international team of researchers has sequenced the nearly complete genome of two Siberian woolly mammoths -- revealing the most complete picture to date -- including new information about the ... read more

Apr. 22, 2015 — A single fish caught with a hand spear off the Brazilian coast is making big waves across the entire southwestern Atlantic. In May 2014, a group of recreational divers spotted an adult lionfish -- ... read more

Apr. 22, 2015 — The first convincing evidence for sexual differences in a species of dinosaur has been described in a study of the iconic dinosaur ... read more

Apr. 22, 2015 — Canada's most easterly province has as many non-native land mammals as it does native ones. But that species diversity could be negatively affecting the island's food web, according to new ... read more

Amazon Rainforest Losses Impact on Climate Change, Study Shows

Apr. 21, 2015 — Human activity has removed more than one-tenth of trees and plants from the Amazon rainforest since the 1960s, a study shows. Widespread removal of trees has contributed to a rise in the amount of ... read more

Apr. 20, 2015 — When plant biodiversity declines, the remaining plants face diminishing productivity, say scientists. "The loss of biodiversity is threatening ecosystem productivity and services worldwide, ... read more

Apr. 16, 2015 — Demand for natural rubber fueled by the tire industry is threatening protected parts of Southeast Asia, according to new research. Researchers say that the extent of the problem is comparable to oil ... read more

Apr. 16, 2015 — Scientists synthesized decades of scientific discoveries to illuminate the common and unique patterns driving the extraordinary transitions that whales, dolphins, seals and other species underwent as ... read more

Studying How Climate Affects Biodiversity

Apr. 16, 2015 — A key question in the climate debate is how the occurrence and distribution of species is affected by climate change. But without information about natural variation in species abundance it is hard ... read more

Apr. 15, 2015 — A team of scientists has documented the longest migration of a mammal ever recorded -- a round-trip trek of nearly 14,000 miles by a whale identified as a critically endangered species that raises ... read more

Apr. 15, 2015 — New research is providing the most comprehensive picture of the evolutionary history of baleen whales, which are not only the largest animals ever to live on earth, but also among the most ... read more

Apr. 13, 2015 — Among hundreds of birds sampled during two months of field work in the southeastern African nation of Malawi, an astonishing proportion of the birds -- 79 percent -- were infected with haemosporidian ... read more

Apr. 13, 2015 — Logging slashes the abundance of invertebrates like ants and earthworms, but new research shows vertebrates can take up their roles in the ecosystem. Nearly a half of all tropical rainforests ... read more

Apr. 10, 2015 — They weren't in the delivery room, but researchers have discovered a new birth story for a gigantic marine lizard that once roamed the oceans. Thanks to recently identified specimens, ... read more

Apr. 10, 2015 — 60 captive-raised Myanmar roofed turtles—a species once thought extinct—have been released into their native habitat in Myanmar, conservationists report. The Myanmar roofed turtle (Batagur ... read more

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