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February 13, 2016

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February 13, 2016

Feb. 3, 2016 — While rhino species evolved and increased in size over 50 million years, their bones may have strained to support their massive and active bodies, according to a new ... read more

New Zealand's Little Penguins Are Recent Australian Invaders

Feb. 2, 2016 — The little penguin species (popularly known as little blue penguins) found in southern New Zealand is a surprisingly recent invader from Australia, according to a new study. Following the recent ... read more

Feb. 2, 2016 — Incomplete information is leaving many endangered species off conservation priorities. The majority of species are poorly known, many only from a handful of museum specimens. This makes determining ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — Humans are affecting nature to a greater and greater degree and this is contributing to the reduction of biodiversity globally. To better assess the consequences requires a better understanding of ... read more

Dominant Ant Species Significantly Influence Ecosystems

Feb. 1, 2016 — Researchers investigated the role of different ant species in various ecosystem processes in tropical rain forests. They discovered that the dominant role is often played by only a few or even a ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — Traditional fruit gardens planted by indigenous communities in the Malaysian rainforest increase the diversity of the animals who make it their home, research has ... read more

Jan. 29, 2016 — The American pika is thought by many biologists to be a prime candidate for extirpation as the planet continues to warm. But a new study paints a different, more complex future for this rock-dwelling ... read more

Jan. 29, 2016 — Conserving wildlife habitat sounds noble, but when it comes down to work or sacrifice, cold hard cash -- a decent amount of it -- goes a long ... read more

How 'More Food Per Field' Could Help Save Our Wild Spaces

Jan. 28, 2016 — Increased farm yields could help to spare land from agriculture for natural habitats that benefit wildlife and store greenhouse gases, but only if the right policies are in place. Conservation ... read more

Landscape Pattern Analysis Reveals Global Loss of Interior Forest

Jan. 28, 2016 — Between 2000 and 2012, the world lost more forest area than it gained, according to researchers who estimated a global net loss of 1.71 million square kilometers of forest -- an area about two and a ... read more

Jan. 27, 2016 — The first females of a scarcely known chameleon species from Northeast Madagascar have been described. Because of lack of genetic data, X-ray micro-computed tomography scans of the chameleon's ... read more

Sequence of Rare Hawaiian Crow's Genome Will Assist Conservation Efforts

Jan. 27, 2016 — Scientists have fully sequenced the genome of the Hawaiian crow. This crow was once reduced to a population of about 20 birds, and the sequencing of the species genome will be important to track any ... read more

Jan. 27, 2016 — As tropical forests become increasingly broken up by roads, farm fields, pastures and other developments, corridors of trees provide vital pathways for pollinators and contribute to a rich diversity ... read more

Scientists Demonstrate Key Aspect of Evolutionary Theory

Jan. 26, 2016 — Evolutionary theory predicts that pairs of chromosomes within asexual organisms will evolve independently of each other and become increasingly different over time in a phenomenon called the ... read more

Jan. 26, 2016 — Migratory birds that are 'set in their ways' could be more vulnerable to environmental impacts, according to new research. Many species of migratory birds are in decline as a result of ... read more

Jan. 25, 2016 — Over-hunting large mammals in tropical forests could make climate change worse. Tropical forests worldwide store more than 460 billion tonnes of carbon. Researchers studied the impact of over-hunting ... read more

Jan. 25, 2016 — Found on a herb bush, a toad of only 24 mm average length, was quick to make its discoverers consider its status as a new species. After identifying its unique morphological and skeletal characters, ... read more

Jan. 22, 2016 — A new study measures the psychological predictors of tolerance for tigers in the Bangladesh Sundarbans, where the large carnivores have a rocky and sometimes violent relationship with local ... read more

Jan. 22, 2016 — When Charles Darwin visited the Azores islands in the 19th Century, the birds he observed were familiar to him. However, if he had travelled there 500 years before, he would have found an ... read more

Jan. 20, 2016 — A newly discovered juvenile theropod is possibly oldest known Jurassic dinosaur from ... read more

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