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May 20, 2019

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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
Paleontologists finds that it is unlikely that a two-million-year-old, apelike fossil from South Africa is a direct ancestor ... read more
Global warming has caused twice as many ocean-dwelling species as land-dwelling species to disappear from their habitats, a unique study found. The greater vulnerability of ... read more
While many scientists are focused on the decline of honey bees, relatively few study bumble bees. The good news is that a new study provides an estimate on bumble bee ... 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 discovered how two closely-related species of Asiatic dayflower can coexist in the wild despite their competitive relationship. Through a combination of field surveys and artificial ... 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

Scientists Discover Evolutionary Link to Modern-Day Sea Echinoderms

Scientists have discovered a new species that lived more than 500 million years ago -- a form of ancient echinoderm that was ancestral to modern-day groups such as sea cucumbers, sea urchins, sea ... read more

Australian Blue Tongue Lizard Ancestor Was Round-in-the-Tooth

Reconstruction of the most complete fossil lizard found in Australia, a 15 million year old relative of our modern blue tongues and social skinks named Egernia gillespieae, reveals the creature was ... read more

Evolving Alongside Viruses Impacts Susceptibility to Future Infections

Researchers have shown that when fruit flies co-evolve with viruses, different genetic changes occur to those caused by encountering a virus for the first time, altering the insects' ... read more

Researchers have discovered a gene that drives color differences within a species of bumble bees, helping to explain the highly diverse color patterns among bumble ... read more

Freshwater Fish Species Richness Has Increased in Ohio River Basin Since '60s

The taxonomic and trophic composition of freshwater fishes in the Ohio River Basin has changed significantly in recent decades, possibly due to environmental modifications related to land use and ... read more

What the Vibrant Pigments of Bird Feathers Can Teach Us About How Evolution Works

Biologists show that evolution is driven by dependency on other species within ecological communities - testing a long-held idea of the late, great George Gaylord ... read more

For scores of wild bee species, females and males visit very different flowers for food -- a discovery that could be important for conservation efforts. Indeed, the diets of female and male bees of ... read more

How Does Wildlife Fare After Fires?

Fire ecologists and wildlife specialists have made key discoveries in how wildlife restores itself after bushfires, and what conservationists can do to assist the ... read more

The iconic 'death roll' of alligators and crocodiles may be more common among species than previously believed, according to a new ... read more

Researchers studying near-identical species of millipedes found a new way to tell them apart: shining a blacklight on them. Under the UV light, parts of the different species' genitals will glow ... read more

Scientists have developed a technique for measuring the amount of living coral on a reef by analyzing DNA in small samples of ... read more

Climate Change Threatens Endangered Sparrows

A new study finds that some sparrow species will likely go extinct within the century due to climate ... read more

Cross-referencing a decade of Google searches and citizen science observations, researchers have determined which of 621 North American bird species are currently the most popular and which ... read more

Known to science since 1857, a common species of frog found from north-eastern Honduras through to central Panama, turns out to have been keeping its 'multiple identities' a secret. ... read more

Researchers analyzed an evolutionary tree reconstructed from the DNA of a majority of known bat species and found four bat lineages that exhibit extreme longevity. They also identified, for the first ... read more

Researchers have found a dramatic decline of 14 wild bee species that are, among other things, important across the Northeast for the pollination of major local crops like apples, blueberries and ... read more

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