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January 28, 2020

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The newly described Kupoupou stilwelli has been found near New Zealand's South Island and it appears to be the oldest penguin known with proportions close to its ... read more

New Fossil Pushes Back Physical Evidence of Insect Pollination to 99 Million Years Ago

Researchers have pushed back the first-known physical evidence of insect flower pollination to 99 million years ago, during the mid-Cretaceous ... read more

Otherworldly Worms With Three Sexes Discovered in Mono Lake

The extreme environment of Mono Lake was thought to only house two species of animals -- until ... read more

Mysterious Jurassic Crocodile Identified 250 Years After Fossil Find

A prehistoric crocodile that lived around 180 million years ago has been identified -- almost 250 years after the discovery of it fossil ... read more
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Humanity's Footprint Is Squashing World's Wildlife

Using the most comprehensive dataset on the 'human footprint,' which maps the accumulated impact of human activities on the land's surface, researchers found intense human pressures ... read more

Global Database of All Bird Species Shows How Body Shape Predicts Lifestyle

A database of 10,000 bird species shows how measurements of wings, beaks and tails can predict a species' role in an ... read more

Novel Avian Species: 10 New Bird Taxa in Islands of Wallacea

A research team found five bird species and five subspecies new to science in three small island groups off Sulawesi, Indonesia. The islands are situated in Indonesia's Wallacea region, an ... read more

Fish Species Benefit from Marine Protection to Varying Extents

Marine protected areas reduce fish mortality by limiting harvesting and reducing habitat destruction. They are often designed and implemented to promote biodiversity conservation and sustainable ... read more

New 'Umbrella' Species Would Massively Improve Conservation

The protection of Australia's threatened species could be improved by a factor of seven, if more efficient 'umbrella' species were prioritized for protection, according to new ... read more

eDNA Expands Species Surveys to Capture a More Complete Picture

Tiny bits of DNA collected from waters off the West Coast allowed scientists to identify more species of marine vertebrates than traditional surveys with trawl nets. They also reflect environmental ... read more

First Sighting of Larsonella Pumilus Fish in Japan

Researchers study Okinawan deep sea specimen's habitat and phylogenetic ... read more

Biodiversity Has Substantially Changed in One of the Largest Mediterranean Wetlands

The Camargue area in France has considerably fewer grasshopper, cricket, locust, dragonfly, and amphibian species than 40 years ago. On the other hand, there are more birds and vascular plants, some ... read more

Understanding Why Songbirds Choose Their Homes

New research by biologists uses a new approach to modelling the populations of six species of songbirds in Canada's boreal forest -- and the results show that standard modeling methods may not ... read more

Domestic Animals Link Virus Spread Among Humans and Wildlife

New research has highlighted the role domesticated animals -- both pets and livestock -- play in the spread of viruses among humans and wildlife. The study has revealed the patterns of how viruses ... read more

Even Resilient Common Species Are Not Immune to Environmental Crisis

Researchers have found that the effective population size and genetic diversity of Singapore's Cynopterus brachyotis, believed to remain widely unaffected by urbanization, has shrunk ... read more

Paleontology: Experiments in Evolution

A new find from Patagonia sheds light on the evolution of large predatory dinosaurs. Features of the 8-m long specimen from the Middle Jurassic suggest that it records a phase of rapid ... read more

A New Early Whale, Aegicetus Gehennae, and the Evolution of Modern Whale Locomotion

A newly discovered fossil whale represents a new species and an important step in the evolution of whale ... read more

Scientists Accidentally Discover a New Water Mold Threatening Evergreen Trees

Grown as Christmas trees, Fraser firs are highly prized for their rich color and pleasant scent as well as their ability to hold their needles. Unfortunately, they are also highly susceptible to ... read more

Wildlife in Tropics Hardest Hit by Forests Being Broken Up

Tropical species are six times more sensitive to forests being broken up for logging or farming than temperate species, says new ... read more

Bats May Benefit from Wildfire

Bats face many threats -- from habitat loss and climate change to emerging diseases, such as white-nose syndrome. But it appears that wildfire is not among those ... read more

Untangling the Branches in the Mammal Tree of Life

Researchers have unveiled a complete overhaul of the way species data is brought together and analyzed to construct an evolutionary tree of life for mammals. It's aimed at giving scientists, ... read more

Record-Size Sex Chromosome Found in Two Bird Species

Researchers have discovered the largest known avian sex chromosome. The giant chromosome was created when four chromosomes fused together into one, and has been found in two species of ... read more

Female Fish Can Breed a New Species If They Aren't Choosy About Who Is Mr. Right

Female fish can breed a new species if they aren't choosy about who is Mr. Right. Fish will mate with a species outside their own if the male's coloring is attractive enough or if the ... read more

New Evolutionary Insights Into the Early Development of Songbirds

An international team has sequenced a chromosome in zebra finches called the germline-restricted chromosome (GRC). This chromosome is only found in germline cells, the cells that hold genetic ... read more

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