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December 3, 2020

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Incredible Vision in Ancient Marine Creatures Drove an Evolutionary Arms Race

Ancient deep sea creatures called radiodonts had incredible vision that likely drove an evolutionary arms race according to new ...

Cost of Planting, Protecting Trees to Fight Climate Change Could Jump

Planting trees and preventing deforestation are considered key climate change mitigation strategies, but a new analysis finds the cost of preserving and planting trees to hit certain global emissions ...

Area Burned by Severe Fire Increased 8-Fold in Western US Over Past Four Decades

The number of wildfires and the amount of land they consume in the western US has substantially increased since the 1980s, a trend often attributed ...

Warbler Coloration Shaped by Evolution Via Distinct Paths

Two genes that are important for the diverse colors and patterns of warbler plumage have evolved through two very different processes, according to a new study. These evolutionary processes could ...
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It's Not Too Late to Save 102 Species at Risk of Extinction

The Fraser River estuary in British Columbia is home to 102 species at risk of extinction. A new study says it's not too late to save these species if action is taken ...

Clean Air Act Saved 1.5 Billion birds

US pollution regulations meant to protect humans from dirty air are also saving birds. So concludes a new continent-wide study. Study authors found that improved air quality under a federal program ...

Researchers Go Underwater to Study How Sponge Species Vanished

Researchers embarked on an underwater journey to solve a mystery: Why did sponges of the Agelas oroides species, which used to be common in the shallow waters along the Mediterranean coast of Israel, ...

Researchers Reveal Switch Used in Plant Defense Against Animal Attack

Researchers have identified the first key biological switch that sounds an alarm in plants when plant-eating animals attack. The mechanism will help unlock a trove of new strategies for improved ...

Nature Is Widely Adapted to Current Climate -- Making It Harder to Adjust to a New One

To do the right thing at the right time, organisms need to glean cues from their environment. With ongoing climate change, the timing of these cues, like the accumulation of warm days, is rapidly ...

Big Cats and Small Dogs: Solving the Mystery of Canine Distemper in Wild Tigers

Canine distemper virus (CDV) causes a serious disease in domestic dogs, and also infects other carnivores, including threatened species like the Amur tiger. It is often assumed that domestic dogs are ...

Global Warming Likely to Increase Disease Risk for Animals Worldwide

Changes in climate can increase infectious disease risk in animals, researchers found -- with the possibility that these diseases could spread to humans, they ...

Changes in Fire Activity Are Threatening More Than 4,400 Species Globally

More than 4,400 species across the globe are at risk from extinction because of changes in fire activity says a new ...

Siberian Primrose Has Not Had Time to Adapt to Climate Change

Global warming already affects Siberian primrose, a plant species that is threatened in Finland and Norway. According to a recently completed study, individuals of Siberian primrose originating in ...

Identical Evolution of Isolated Organisms

Palaeontologists have provided new proof of parallel evolution: conodonts, early vertebrates from the Permian period, adapted to new habitats in almost identical ways despite living in different ...

Greater Glider Species Triple

Researchers analyzed the genetic make-up of the greater glider -- a possum-sized marsupial that can glide up to 100 meters. The team confirmed a long-held theory that the greater glider is actually ...

Some Amazon Rainforest Regions More Resistant to Climate Change Than Previously Thought

A new observational study demonstrates that increasing air dryness does not reduce photosynthesis in certain very wet regions of the Amazon rainforest, contradicting Earth System Models that show the ...

Plant Evolves to Stay Hidden from Harvesting Humans

A plant used in traditional Chinese medicine has evolved to become less visible to humans, new research ...

New Guide on Using Drones for Conservation

Drones are a powerful tool for conservation - but they should only be used after careful consideration and planning, according to a new ...

Rare Species of Small Cats Inadequately Protected

The Indian subcontinent is a hotspot for wild felines. A new study now shows that only 6-11 per cent of the areas where three rare cat species have their habitat are protected. Lack of knowledge ...

Could Kelp Help Relieve Ocean Acidification?

A new analysis of California's Monterey Bay evaluates kelp's potential to reduce ocean acidification, the harmful fallout from climate change on marine ecosystems and the food they produce ...

First Map of Bee Species Around the Globe

There are over 20,000 species of bee, but accurate data about how these species are spread across the globe are sparse. However, researchers have now created a map of bee diversity by combining the ...

Truffle Munching Wallabies Shed New Light on Forest Conservation

Scientists have studied how swamp wallabies spread truffle spores around the environment. Results of the research demonstrate the importance of these animals to the survival of the ...

'Oasis Effect' in Urban Parks Could Contribute to Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Following a year of on-site analyses at a Phoenix-area park, hydrologists identified that the park showed what meteorologists call the 'oasis effect,' a microclimate that is cooler than a ...

Cichlid Fishes from African Lake Tanganyika Shed Light on How Organismal Diversity Arises

Lake Tanganyika in Africa is a true hotspot of organismal diversity. Approximately 240 species of cichlid fishes have evolved in this lake in less than 10 million years. A research team has ...

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