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September 28, 2020

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Jaws of Death: Paleontologist Renames Giant, Prehistoric Marine Lizard

Paleontologists describe a new genus of mosasaur, Gnathomortis stadtmani, a marine lizard that roamed the oceans of North America toward the end of the Age of ...

Climate Change Threatens Komodo Dragons

The world's largest lizard, the Komodo dragon, could be driven to extinction by climate change unless significant measures to intervene are taken ...
Researchers studied the evolution of the body sizes of frogs and their tadpoles. They found that the two life stages do not evolve completely independently of each other as ...

Lost Frogs Rediscovered With Environmental DNA

Scientists have detected signs of a frog listed extinct and not seen since 1968, using an innovative technique to locate declining and missing species in two regions of ...
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Hot or Cold, Venomous Vipers Still Quick to Strike

Most reptiles move slower when temperatures drop, but venomous rattlesnakes appear to be an exception. The cold affects them, but not as much as scientists ...

Dehydration Increases Amphibian Vulnerability to Climate Change

Amphibians have few options to avoid the underappreciated one-two punch of climate change, according to a new study. Rising summer temperatures are also resulting in higher rates of dehydration among ...

Double Take: New Study Analyzes Global, Multiple-Tailed Lizards

Research into abnormal regeneration events in lizards has led to the first published scientific review on the prevalence of lizards that have re-generated not just one, but two, or even up to six, ...

First Evidence of Snake-Like Venom Glands Found in Amphibians

Caecilians are limbless amphibians that can be easily mistaken for snakes. Though caecilians are only distantly related to their reptilian cousins, researchers describe specialized glands found along ...

New Species Described in 2020

It is estimated that 15 million different species live on our planet, but only 2 million of them are currently known to science. Discovering new species is important as it helps to protect them. ...

Researchers Use 3D Modeling to Decode Aerial Undulation's Role in Flying Snake Glides

Researchers have developed the first continuous, anatomically accurate 3D mathematical model of the paradise tree snake in ...

Habitat for Rattlesnakes: Sunnier but Riskier

Conservation efforts that open up the canopy of overgrown habitat for threatened timber rattlesnakes are beneficial to snakes but could come at a cost, according to a new ...

In the Wild, Chimpanzees Are More Motivated to Cooperate Than Bonobos

Scientists investigated cooperation dynamics in wild chimpanzees (Tai, Ivory Coast) and bonobos (LuiKotale, DCR) using a snake model. While chimpanzees cooperate to defend their territory, bonobos do ...

First Egg from Antarctica Is Big and Might Belong to an Extinct Sea Lizard

An analysis has found that a mysterious fossil discovered in 2011 is a giant, soft-shell egg from about 66 million years ago. Measuring in at more than 11 by 7 inches, the egg is the largest ...

Study Evaluates Stress Level of Rehabilitated Sea Turtles During Transport

A new study has found that rehabilitated Kemp's ridley and loggerhead sea turtles experience a substantial stress response when transported to release locations in the southern United States but ...

World's Most Complete Health Analysis of Nesting Sea Turtles Conducted in Florida

The most comprehensive health assessment for a green turtle rookery in the world to date is providing critical insights into various aspects of physiology, biology, and herpesvirus epidemiology of ...

Shining Like a Diamond: A New Species of Diamond Frog from Northern Madagascar

Despite the active ongoing taxonomic progress on the Madagascar frogs, the amphibian inventory of this hyper-diverse island is still very far from being complete. More new species are constantly ...

Alien Frog Invasion Wreaks Havoc on Natural Habitat

Indiscriminate feeding by an alien population of the carnivorous spotted-thighed frog -- could severely affect the native biodiversity of southern Australia according to a new ...

Human Activity Threatens Vertebrate Evolutionary History

A new study maps for the first time the evolutionary history of the world's terrestrial vertebrates: amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles. It explores how areas with large concentrations of ...

Tiger Snakes Tell More About Local Wetlands' Pollution Levels

Tiger snakes living in Perth's urban wetlands are accumulating toxic heavy metals in their livers, suggesting that their habitats -- critical, local ecosystems -- are contaminated and the ...

Loggerhead Sea Turtles Host Diverse Community of Miniature Organisms

Researchers found that more than double the number of organisms than previously observed live on the shells of these oceanic reptiles, raising important questions about loggerhead sea turtle ecology ...

Sea Snakes Have Been Adapting to See Underwater for 15 Million Years

A study has for the first time provided evidence of where, when and how frequently species have adapted their ability to see in ...

A New Critically Endangered Frog Named After 'the Man from the Floodplain Full of Frogs'

A new species of a criticallyendangered miniaturized stump-toed frog of the genus Stumpffia found in Madagascar is named Stumpffia froschaueri after ''the man from the floodplain full of ...

The European Viper Uses Cloak-and-Dazzle to Escape Predators

Research demonstrates that the characteristic zig-zag pattern on a viper's back performs opposing functions during a predation event. At first, the zig-zag pattern helps the snake remain ...

Ribs Evolved for Movement First, Then Co-Opted for Breathing

A major transformation in vertebrate evolution took place when breathing shifted from being driven by head and throat muscles -- like in fish and frogs -- to the torso -- like in reptiles and ...

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