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May 20, 2019

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Conservation decisions based on population counts may fail to protect large, slow-breeding animals from irrevocable decline, ... read more
Scientists have studied the heritability of dog ownership using information from 35,035 twin pairs from the Swedish Twin Registry. The new study suggests that genetic ... read more
Bedbugs -- some of the most unwanted human bed-mates -- have been parasitic companions with other species aside from humans for more than 100 million years, walking the earth ... read more

Organic Animal Farms Benefit Birds Nesting in Agricultural Environments

Environmental subsidies for agriculture awarded by the European Union aim to improve biodiversity in agricultural environments. A recently completed Finnish study indicates that the proximity of ... read more
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Museum Volunteers Discover New Species of Extinct Heron at North Florida Fossil Site

When the bones of an ancient heron were unearthed at a North Florida fossil site, the find wasn't made by researchers but by two Florida Museum of Natural History volunteers. A previously ... read more

Scientists have studied potential cancer suppression mechanisms in cetaceans, the mammalian group that includes whales, dolphins and porpoises. Biologists picked apart the genome of the humpback ... read more

Scientists have found that on the desolate Antarctic peninsula, nitrogen-rich poop from colonies of penguins and seals enriches the soil so well that it helps create biodiversity hotspots throughout ... read more

How Nipah Virus Spreads from Person to Person: Lessons from 14 Years of Investigations

The deadly Nipah virus, which is carried by bats and occasionally infects people, is more likely to be transmitted from person to person when the infected patient is older, male and/or has breathing ... read more

New research has shown that the last surviving flightless species of bird, a type of rail, in the Indian Ocean had previously gone extinct but rose from the dead thanks to a rare process called ... read more

Similar to farm animals such as cattle or sheep, wild red deer grazing in open landscapes can also contribute to the conservation of protected ... read more

Are Otters Threatening Amphibian Populations?

The Eurasian otter typically eats fish, but amphibians, which are in global decline, are also part of its diet, especially when fish are scarce. Researchers identified bones of amphibians in otter ... read more

Low Oxygen Levels Could Temporarily Blind Marine Invertebrates

Scientists have found that low oxygen levels in seawater could blind some marine invertebrates. The results are the first demonstration that vision in marine invertebrates is highly sensitive to the ... read more

Lions can bring down wildebeests and giraffes, but when they try to hunt porcupines, the spiky rodents often come out on top. When lions attack porcupines (it's usually young male lions that ... read more

A new study provides the first evidence of transitive inference, the ability to use known relationships to infer unknown relationships, in a nonvertebrate animal: the lowly paper ... read more

Groundbreaking Study Could Lead to Fast, Simple Test for Ebola Virus

In a breakthrough that could lead to a simple and inexpensive test for Ebola virus disease, researchers have generated two antibodies to the deadly virus. The antibodies, which are inexpensive to ... read more

Threatened Sturgeon Learns for the Fitness

An international team is providing one of the first proofs of the complex learning behavior of fish in a recent study. The Atlantic sturgeon is thought to be locally extinct in Germany. Scientists ... read more

Vaccine for African Swine Fever May Save Our Bacon

Wild boar can be immunized against African Swine Fever by a new vaccine delivered to the animals in their food. This is the first report of a promising inoculation against this deadly disease, which ... read more

Homemade Cat Food Diets Could Be Risky

A new study finds most homemade cat food recipes are unlikely to provide cats all their essential ... read more

Genetic Adaptation to Climate Change

New research has shown that the threat of range losses for some species as a result of climate change could be overestimated because of the ability of certain animals to adapt to rising temperatures ... read more

Even More Amphibians Are Endangered Than We Thought

Due to a lack of data on many amphibian species, only about 44 percent of amphibians have up-to-date assessments on their risk of extinction, compared to nearly 100% of both birds and mammals. Now, ... read more

'Suskityrannus gives us a glimpse into the evolution of tyrannosaurs just before they take over the planet,' said Sterling ... read more

A distinct strain of canine distemper virus, which is a widespread virus of importance to wildlife and domesticated dogs, has been identified in wild animals in New Hampshire and Vermont, according ... read more

Cattle Ranching Could Help Conserve Rare African Antelope, Lions

Ranch managers' placement of cattle corrals away from Jackson's hartebeest likely would allow the antelope species to increase, with lions focused on the zebras that congregate at the ... read more

The prevalence of the most abundant species of ticks found in Pennsylvania has shifted over the last century, according to scientists, who analyzed 117 years' worth of specimens and data ... read more

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