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July 6, 2015

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June 29, 2015 — Marine reserves are fundamental tools for the conservation of worldwide marine biodiversity. The analysis of both genetic and demographic structures of some habitat-forming species, for example the ... read more

June 27, 2015 — New scientific research could help to protect tigers (Panthera tigris) from extinction. The findings indicate that tigers should be classified as only two subspecies – up to now nine subspecies ... read more

June 19, 2015 — Biologists have use highly conservative estimates to prove that species are disappearing faster than at any time since the dinosaurs' ... read more

June 19, 2015 — At least nine fin whales have been discovered floating dead in waters from Kodiak to Unimak Pass since late May. 'It is an unusual and mysterious event that appears to have happened around ... read more

June 18, 2015 — Biologists have used DNA evidence to trace the origin of illegal ivory and help police an international trade that is decimating African elephant populations. New results show that over the past ... read more

Federal Agencies Lose Track of Endangered Species Protection Measures, Research Finds

June 18, 2015 — A researcher has found significant gaps in how public agencies keep track of endangered species agreements. These findings demonstrate key concerns with monitoring and enforcement of endangered ... read more

June 18, 2015 — The line between bird species is sometimes blurry, with related species interbreeding where their ranges overlap to create populations of hybrid offspring. A new study shows that in the Saltmarsh ... read more

Next-Generation Sampling: Pairing Genomics With Large-Scale Herbarium Sampling

June 16, 2015 — Rapid advances in sequencing technology are expanding our understanding of biodiversity and evolution in complex plant groups, but access to samples remains a problem. Herbarium material provides a ... read more

June 16, 2015 — A study has revealed the importance of single males in small, threatened populations. Results from a study of endangered New Zealand hihi birds shows that bachelor males who don't hold breeding ... read more

Palm Oil Price Change Could Save Tigers, Other Species

June 15, 2015 — Palm oil is widely used in food and cosmetics. But the conversion of forests to oil palm plantations has devastated many species, including tigers and elephants. A new study shows willingness among ... read more

New Petition Seeks to Save Elephants, End Ivory Importation in United States

June 15, 2015 — Recent genomic research has prompted a petition that calls for the reclassification of African elephants from one threatened species to two endangered species, forest elephant and savannah elephant, ... read more

June 15, 2015 — Underground species of army ants are much less tolerant of high temperatures than their aboveground relatives -- and that difference in thermal tolerance could mean that many climate change models ... read more

June 12, 2015 — Animals wearing new tagging and tracking devices give a real-time look at their behavior and at the environmental health of the planet, say ... read more

June 11, 2015 — Scientists studying blue whales in the waters of Chile through DNA profiling and photo-identification may have solved the mystery of where these huge animals go to breed, as revealed by a single ... read more

June 11, 2015 — It has been hypothesized that globalization of human-mediated dispersal of species may break down biogeographic boundaries. However, empirical tests had been lacking until recently. An international ... read more

June 10, 2015 — A team of researchers has found a South American example of interactions between a group of flies and the mushrooms they feed on as larvae. Though this group of flies has more than 1,100 species ... read more

June 10, 2015 — Coral colonies are more genetically diverse than it has been assumed to date, conclude researchers who have conducted comprehensive studies into the genetic variability in individual colonies of ... read more

What Rabbits Can Tell Us About Neanderthal Extinction

June 8, 2015 — When thinking about the extinction of Neanderthals some 30,000 years ago, rabbits may not be the first thing that spring to mind. But the way rabbits were hunted and eaten by Neanderthals and modern ... read more

June 8, 2015 — Scientists reconstruct the DNA of the Megaloceros from findings in caves in the Swabian Alb and discover possible causes for its later ... read more

Can We Increase Harvest of Woody Biomass from European Forests?

June 8, 2015 — The supply of woody biomass from the forests in the European Union can be increased significantly beyond the current level of resource use. However, this involves trade-offs with biodiversity and ... read more

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