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Marine organisms can shred a plastic bag into 1.75 million pieces, study shows

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 09:55:24 EST ~ A single plastic grocery bag could be shredded by marine organisms into 1.75 million microscopic fragments, according to new research. 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...

One wet winter can shake up San Francisco Bay's invasive species

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 12:59:50 EST ~ For many Californians, last year's wet winter triggered a case of whiplash. After five years of drought, rain from October 2016 to February 2017 broke more than a century of records. In San Francisco Bay, biologists discovered a hidden side effect: All that freshwater rain can turn the tables on some of the bay's invasive species. Find out more...

Invasive 'supervillain' crab can eat through its gills

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 12:25:50 EST ~ Invasive green shore crabs can 'eat' by absorbing nutrients across its gills -- the first demonstration of this ability in crustaceans -- scientists have found. Find out more...

Head start through human intervention: Study on the spread of European plant species on other continents

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 12:25:12 EST ~ A new study has investigated the spread of European plant species on other continents. 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...

Recently discovered fossil shows transition of a reptile from life on land to life in the sea

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 09:07:13 EST ~ Using modern research tools on a 155-million-year-old reptile fossil, scientists report they have filled in some important clues to the evolution of animals that once roamed land and transitioned to life in the water. 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...

Variation within species is critical aspect of biodiversity

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 12:00:26 EST ~ Concerns about biodiversity tend to focus on the loss of species from ecosystems, but a new study suggests that the loss of variation within species can also have important ecological consequences. Find out more...