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August 24, 2016

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August 24, 2016

Many Endangered Species Face Long Waits for Protection

Aug. 10, 2016 — The Endangered Species Act was enacted by Congress in 1973 to protect species threatened with extinction. To receive protection, a species must first be listed as endangered or threatened. A two-year ... read more

July 21, 2016 — Using genomic data from three lizard species, researchers gleaned insights not available before on the impact of climate change on the distribution of animal populations in South American forests. ... read more

July 21, 2016 — Prometheus, the mythological Greek heroic deity, has been given a namesake in a new species of tiny rain frog, discovered in southwestern ... read more

July 18, 2016 — An international team of scientists has solved a case of mistaken identity and discovered a new species of venomous snake.The newly discovered Talamancan Palm-Pitviper is a striking green-and-black ... read more

July 15, 2016 — Scientists have discovered the real reason turtles have shells. While many thought turtle shells were for protection, new findings show that the shells were actually for digging underground to escape ... read more

July 12, 2016 — Reptiles are exceedingly popular as pets, trade is booming. Between 2004 and 2014, official imports to the EU came to just under 21 million live specimens, more than six million of these ended up on ... read more

July 7, 2016 — Amphibians that tolerate higher temperatures are likely to fare better in a world affected by climate change, disease and habitat loss, according to two recent ... read more

July 5, 2016 — Green turtles hatching en masse from their nests 'swamp' predators, allowing more individuals to reach the safety of the sea, new research ... read more

July 5, 2016 — A new article catalogs instances of venomous aquatic life, for the first time showing that venom has evolved 18 separate times in fresh and saltwater ... read more

June 24, 2016 — The potential evolutionary link between hairs in mammals, feathers in birds and scales in reptiles has been debated for decades. Today, researchers demonstrate that all these skin appendages are ... read more

June 24, 2016 — Birdsong has long been associated with courtship or competitive behavior. And males were considered to be more active. Now a research team shows that female singing is much more common. They ... read more

June 24, 2016 — A new study analyzed media reports of snakebites in the United States. Investigators found that media coverage detailed victim circumstances better than current quantitative data, and that the ... read more

June 22, 2016 — Juveniles of numerous lizard species have a vividly blue-colored tail that likely serves to deflect predator attacks toward the detachable tail rather than the lizard's body. Now researchers ... read more

June 17, 2016 — Biologists have reported the discovery of a new lizard in the Dominican Republic, strengthening a long-held theory that communities of lizards can evolve almost identically on separate islands. The ... read more

June 16, 2016 — Although red-eyed tree frog embryos appear helpless within their jelly-coated eggs, they can hatch up to two days ahead of schedule, reacting within seconds to attacks by egg ... read more

Discovery of a New Mating Position in Frogs

June 14, 2016 — Six mating positions (amplexus modes) are known among the almost 7,000 species of frogs and toads found worldwide. However, the Bombay night frog (Nyctibatrachus humayuni), which is endemic to the ... read more

June 14, 2016 — A new study into pythons and boas has for the first time found the two groups of snakes evolved independently to share similar traits, shedding new light on how the reptiles ... read more

June 9, 2016 — Scientists have found that the ancestors of garter snakes gained toxin-resistant nerves almost 40 million years ... read more

June 8, 2016 — New research shows that bearded dragons are able to partition color change to specific body parts, depending on whether they are responding to temperature or communicating with other ... read more

June 8, 2016 — The move from life on land to life in the sea has led to the evolution of a new sense for sea snakes, an Australian study ... read more

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