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May 26, 2016

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May 26, 2016

May 16, 2016 — An entomologist at the University of Arkansas recently collected thirty species of plant-feeding wasps that had not been previously recorded in the state. While many of the species are widely ... read more

Hedgehogs Are Indeed Not So Widespread in England Any More

May 12, 2016 — There's now more than just anecdotal evidence that England's hedgehog population is feeling the squeeze. In the past 55 years, there has been a moderate decline of up to 7.4 percent in the ... read more

May 11, 2016 — A team has been awarded a prize for their proposal to crack down on wildlife crime using a portable DNA sequencing device, the MinION, to read the ‘barcode genes’ of animals affected by illegal ... read more

May 9, 2016 — Acoustic warning signals emitted by tiger moths to deter bats -- a behavior previously proven only in the laboratory -- actually occur in nature and are used as a defense mechanism, according to new ... read more

May 9, 2016 — Nine ornamental species were irrigated with a nutrient solution at three different electrical conductivity rates and were assessed for growth and physiological responses. Orange peel jessamine and ... read more

Deadly Fungus Threatens African Frogs

May 6, 2016 — Misty mountains, glistening forests and blue-green lakes make Cameroon, the wettest part of Africa, a tropical wonderland for amphibians. Africa has been mostly spared from the deadly and rampant ... read more

May 4, 2016 — Three species of shark, tiger, lemon and Caribbean reef, all use deeper coral reefs in the Virgin Islands, but only lemon shark presence was associated with seasonal grouper spawning aggregations, ... read more

May 4, 2016 — While thinking of a name for one of the new wasps she had just discovered with her team, Dr Buntika A. Butcher recalled her long hours of studying in her laboratory right under the poster of her ... read more

'Eve' and Descendants Shape Global Sperm Whale Population Structure

May 4, 2016 — Although sperm whales have not been driven to the brink of extinction as have some other whales, a new study has found a remarkable lack of diversity in the maternally inherited mitochondrial DNA ... read more

May 4, 2016 — The oldest surviving species of vertebrates, such as the cane toad and the California sea lion, which have endured past extreme environmental events, will be more likely to adapt to future climate ... read more

Evolution of the Javan Leopard

May 4, 2016 — New insights into the evolutionary history of the Javan leopard have been gained by new research. The results of the study confirm that Javan leopards are clearly distinct from Asian leopards and ... read more

May 3, 2016 — A class of 150 7th graders from the USA has helped select a name for a newly discovered plant from Australia. A biology professor challenged the students to come up with ideas for what to call the ... read more

May 2, 2016 — Earth could contain nearly 1 trillion species, with only one-thousandth of 1 percent now identified, according to a study from biologists. The estimate is based on the intersection of large datasets ... read more

Apr. 29, 2016 — How birds' beaks evolved characteristic shapes to eat different food is a classic example of evolution by natural selection. However, new research found this does not apply to all species, and ... read more

Apr. 28, 2016 — Researchers say that climate change will cause a disproportionate decline in African antelopes with the smallest geographic ranges, placing the most-threatened taxa in 'double jeopardy.' ... read more

Slow Worms React Quickly to Climate Change

Apr. 27, 2016 — Evolution can react surprisingly quickly to climate change -- at least for an important species of earthworms. For seven years, scientists have exposed the natural habitat of Enchytraeidae to a ... read more

Apr. 27, 2016 — Recent fieldwork has uncovered a new species of scorpion in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in northeastern California. It is related to several species in its genus, and is only the fourth new ... read more

Apr. 26, 2016 — Multiple dispersals of penguins reached Australia after the continent split from Antarctica, including 'giant penguins' that may have lived there after they went extinct elsewhere, ... read more

Apr. 26, 2016 — Chewbacca, the fictional 'Star Wars' hairy character, has given his name to a new species of flightless beetle, discovered in New Britain, Papua New Guinea. The three scientists, who have ... read more

Apr. 26, 2016 — Dissection might prove unnecessary when identifying new molluscs after scientists described a previously unknown land snail based on its genitalia, yet without damaging the specimen in the slightest. ... read more

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