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New algorithm recognizes distinct dolphin clicks in underwater recordings

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:17:46 EST ~ Scientists have developed a new algorithm that can identify distinct dolphin click patterns among millions of clicks in recordings of wild dolphins. This approach could potentially help distinguish between dolphin species in the wild. Find out more...

It's all in the ears: Inner ears of extinct sea monsters mirror those of today's animals

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:16:14 EST ~ A new study has revealed that an extinct group of marine reptiles called sauropterygians evolved similar inner ear proportions to those of some modern day aquatic reptiles and mammals. Find out more...

Satellite tracking provides clues about South Atlantic sea turtles' 'lost years'

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 14:16:38 EST ~ Biologists have been tracking the movements of sea turtle yearlings in the South Atlantic Ocean, and have come up with some surprising results. Find out more...

Decades-past logging still threatens spotted owls in national forests

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 14:16:35 EST ~ Logging of the largest trees in the Sierra Nevada's national forests ended in the early 1990s after agreements were struck to protect species' habitat. But new research by ecologists shows that spotted owls, one of the iconic species logging restrictions were meant to protect, have continued to experience population declines in the forests. Find out more...

It's good to be rare, for some species

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 12:25:55 EST ~ For many species, rarity is not a guarantee of impending extinction. Instead, the traits that enable some species to be rare may hold the ticket to their survival. A new paper predicts what these traits might be and how having them could place chronically rare species at an advantage during crises. Find out more...

Separated since the dinosaurs, bamboo-eating lemurs, pandas share common gut microbes

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 12:24:51 EST ~ A new study finds that bamboo lemurs, giant pandas and red pandas share 48 gut microbes in common -- despite the fact that they are separated by millions of years of evolution. Find out more...

New species discovered in Malaysian rainforest during unprecedented, top-to-bottom survey

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 10:01:13 EST ~ This fall, the California Academy of Sciences partnered with The Habitat Penang Hill and colleagues to conduct a rainforest survey on Malaysia's island state of Penang. A 117-member team documented flora and fauna from the tops of trees to the dark reaches of caves and discovered several species previously unknown to science living just miles from a major metropolis. Survey results will contribute to this ancient rainforest's nomination as a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Find out more...

Dahl's toad-headed turtle threatened by fragmented habitat, shrinking populations

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:03:04 EST ~ A recent study shows that the Dahl's Toad-headed Turtle (Mesoclemmys dahli), a rare reptile found only in Colombia, is threatened with extinction due to alarmingly small and fragmented populations and high levels of inbreeding. Find out more...

Tigers cling to survival in Sumatra's increasingly fragmented forests

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:02:55 EST ~ A research expedition tracked endangered tigers through the Sumatran jungles for a year and found tigers are clinging to survival in low density populations. The study found that well-protected forests are disappearing and are increasingly fragmented: Of the habitat tigers rely on in Sumatra, 17 percent was deforested between 2000 to 2012 alone. Their findings have renewed fears about the possible extinction of the elusive predators. Find out more...

Cooling climate drove evolution of Tasmanian Devil and its relatives

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 14:25:46 EST ~ A big drop in global temperatures 12-14 million years ago may explain the evolutionary success of Australia's unique marsupial carnivores, a new study has found. Find out more...