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Conserving the forests

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:33:39 EST ~ Certification programs are being reevaluated as options for sustaining tropical forests, explain scientists. Find out more...

Hope for one of the world's rarest primates: First census of Zanzibar Red Colobus monkey

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:33:22 EST ~ A team of scientists recently completed the first-ever range-wide population census of the Zanzibar red colobus monkey (Piliocolobus kirkii) an endangered primate found only on the Zanzibar archipelago off the coast of East Africa. Find out more...

Sumatran rhinos never recovered from losses during the Pleistocene, genome evidence shows

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:04:57 EST ~ An international team of researchers has sequenced and analyzed the first Sumatran rhino genome from a sample belonging to a male made famous at the Cincinnati Zoo. This study shows that the trouble for Sumatran rhinoceros populations began a long time ago, around the middle of the Pleistocene, about one million years ago. Find out more...

Monkey study shows a path to monitoring endangered species

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:37:09 EST ~ A Brazilian-American research group has just published an unusual study outlining data needs for monitoring the survival of monkeys called muriquis that live in patches of forest in Brazil. Find out more...

The oldest plesiosaur was a strong swimmer

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:36:42 EST ~ Plesiosaurs were especially effective swimmer. These long extinct 'paddle saurians' propelled themselves through the World's oceans by employing 'underwater flight' -- similar to sea turtles and penguins. The find comes from the youngest part of the Triassic period and is about 201 million years old. Find out more...

Habitat counts when predators lurk

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:58:23 EST ~ Something in the way it moves -- or not -- can save a creature's life in the wild, depending on whether it's exposed in the open or hiding in a complex habitat. A researcher studied patterns among a set of predator-prey pairings to see how the latter behaved when hunted. Find out more...

Dinosaur parasites trapped in 100-million-year-old amber tell blood-sucking story

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:47:35 EST ~ Fossilized ticks discovered trapped and preserved in amber show that these parasites sucked the blood of feathered dinosaurs almost 100 million years ago. Find out more...

How fires are changing the tundras face

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:18:39 EST ~ Climate change takes a heavy toll on the tundra, increasing the probability of extreme droughts. As a result, the frequency of fires in forests, bogs and even wetlands continues to rise. In addition, the northern areas of the tundra have also become more accessible and negatively impacted by human activities in recent years. Find out more...

Native fish species at risk following water removal from the Colorado River

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:10:42 EST ~ Agriculture and domestic activities consume much of the Colorado River water that once flowed to the Colorado Delta and Northern Gulf of California. The nature and extent of impact of this fresh-water loss on the ecology and fisheries of the Colorado Delta and Gulf of California is controversial. A recent publication reveals a previously unseen risk to the unique local biodiversity of the tidal portion of the Delta. Find out more...

How do you track a secretive hawk? Follow the isotopes

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:27:41 EST ~ A study has found that the rare Henst's goshawk of Madagascar hunts lemurs in low-lying areas that are most at risk to deforestation. Researchers could use this isotope analysis to study the habitat and prey needs of other threatened species that are difficult to track. Find out more...