Zoology

Baisesaurus Robustus is a Three-Meter-Long Mesozoic Marine Reptile Described by Researchers

Baisesaurus Robustus is a Three-Meter-Long Mesozoic Marine Reptile Described by Researchers

Ichthyosaurs are a successful group of Mesozoic marine reptiles with a global distribution, but their evolutionary origin is still unknown. Many new marine reptiles related to ichthyosaurs, known as early ichthyosauromorphs, have been discovered in Early Triassic rocks in recent years, shedding i.....

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According to Research, Human-Driven Changes to Distinctive Foraging Patterns in the North Pacific Ocean

According to Research, Human-Driven Changes to Distinctive Foraging Patterns in the North Pacific Ocean

The first large-scale study of its sort has found nearly 4,000 years of unique foraging behavior in a species that was once on the verge of extinction. By studying isotopes found in archaeological and museum-archived samples of the bird dating back to 2300 BCE, an international team of researcher.....

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A New Study Finds that Large Bodies Helped Extinct Marine Reptiles with Long Neck Swim

A New Study Finds that Large Bodies Helped Extinct Marine Reptiles with Long Neck Swim

Scientists at the University of Bristol have discovered that body size is more important than body shape in determining the energy economy of swimming for aquatic animals. This work, which was published today in Communications Biology, demonstrates that large bodies can help overcome the excess d.....

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Climate Change is Causing Birds to Lay Their Eggs a Month Earlier

Climate Change is Causing Birds to Lay Their Eggs a Month Earlier

Spring has arrived; Birds have begun to sing and build their nests. Like clockwork, it happens every year. However, according to a new study published in the Journal of Animal Ecology, several bird species are nesting and laying eggs nearly a month sooner than they were a century ago. Scientists .....

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Management Challenges Arise from the Delicate Balance of Coral Reef Processes

Management Challenges Arise from the Delicate Balance of Coral Reef Processes

Coral reefs are massive underwater constructions made up of the bones of colonial marine invertebrates. Because they extract calcium carbonate from saltwater to construct a hard, resilient exoskeleton that covers their soft, sac-like bodies, coral species that build reefs are known as hermatypic,.....

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Recent Changes in Bird Morphology are Likely Due to Global Warming, According to a New Study

Recent Changes in Bird Morphology are Likely Due to Global Warming, According to a New Study

Tel Aviv University researchers discovered alterations in the morphology of several birds in Israel during the last 70 years, which they believe are a result of climate change. Some species’ body mass declined, while others’ body length rose, increasing the ratio of surface area to vo.....

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A Lack of Transparencies Hampers the Inability to Prioritize Funds for Environmental Protection about the Costs of Conservation Projects

A Lack of Transparencies Hampers the Inability to Prioritize Funds for Environmental Protection about the Costs of Conservation Projects

Costs of conservation programs are rarely revealed, according to a new study, making it difficult for others to make decisions on the most cost-effective interventions at a time when financing for biodiversity conservation is severely restricted. Only 8.8% of the 1,987 published papers on conserv.....

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A Study in Flanders Shows the Importance of Citizen Science Data in Understanding Wildlife Roadkill

A Study in Flanders Shows the Importance of Citizen Science Data in Understanding Wildlife Roadkill

The road is a risky site for animals since they can easily be run over, which can have long-term consequences for wildlife diversity and populations. There is also a human economic cost, as well as the risk of injury or death, when colliding with heavier animals or attempting to avoid them on the.....

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According to Surprising Findings, Mosquito Odor Sensors are Sensitive to Molecular Regulation to Avoid Insect Repellents

According to Surprising Findings, Mosquito Odor Sensors are Sensitive to Molecular Regulation to Avoid Insect Repellents

Scientists from Johns Hopkins Medicine discovered that, unlike fruit flies, mosquito odor sensing neuron cells shut down when induced to create odor-related proteins or receptors, on the cell surface. The bugs appear to be able to ignore typical insect repellents thanks to this “expression” p.....

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Endangered Animal Studies on the China-Vietnam Border Highlight the Need for Transboundary Conservation

Endangered Animal Studies on the China-Vietnam Border Highlight the Need for Transboundary Conservation

In the face of climate change, a series of studies on endangered species that live on the Vietnam-China border highlight the growing necessity of transboundary conservation efforts. Many plant and animal species are migrating away from their usual habitats as the world warms, raising the risk of .....

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Tiny Bubbles, Once Known as Cellular Debris, may Play a Key Role in Understanding and Treating Diseases

Tiny Bubbles, Once Known as Cellular Debris, may Play a Key Role in Understanding and Treating Diseases

Scientists have long puzzled over how cells interact with one another, but Rutgers researchers have cracked the code using a tiny roundworm. The research, published in Current Biology, could aid in the development of medicines for Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative illnesses. Cells com.....

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Researchers Discover that the Pleasant Odor of Wet Soil Signals Danger to Bacteria-Eating Worms

Researchers Discover that the Pleasant Odor of Wet Soil Signals Danger to Bacteria-Eating Worms

Geosmin has a distinct odor that pervades the air after a summer rainstorm or fills your nose when gardening. It’s the earthy, almost comfortable scent of moist soil. However, as a recent study in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology reminds out, that odor has a specific purpo.....

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