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Why Is This Australian Spotted Cat in Trouble?

Wildlife & Wild Places<p><b>Bad news for the Tasmanian devil also may mean tough times for another one of Tasmania’s predators, the eastern quoll.</b><p>Since 1996, the virally transmitted “devil facial tumor disease” has ravaged the Tasmanian devil population. In the areas of the Australian island (map) where …

Tiger Genome Sequenced, Shows Big Cats Evolved to Kill

Gene map of endangered Amur tiger seen as aid to preserving big cats in the wild.<p><b>The first sequenced tiger genome shows that big cats evolved to kill.</b><p><b>Genes for strong muscle fibers and for meat-eating appear narrowly shared, researchers reported, among species as distinct as the African lion and</b> …

A new beautiful translucent snail from the deepest cave in Croatia

Scientists discovered a new species of a peculiar cave-dwelling snail in one of the 20 deepest cave systems in the world, Lukina Jama–Trojama in …

Nature

Frog Hears With Its Mouth, Surprises Scientists

<b>We’ve told you about an urchin that can eat with its anus and a tadpole that can see through its tail. And now, in the latest discovery of a surprising use for body parts, scientists say there’s a frog that can hear through its mouth.</b><p>Scientists had thought that the Gardiner’s Seychelles frog—at 11 …

Could People Hibernate? Lemurs Give Clues

<b>Ever wished you could hibernate? Ask a fat-tailed dwarf lemur how it’s done.</b><p>These mini-primates have a talent that could help save human lives. Fat-tailed dwarf lemurs are the only primates that can hibernate, according to a new study published in the journal <i>PLoS ONE</i>. And lemurs are unique in that …

FYI: What Is The Evolutionary Purpose Of Tickling?

You probably know that you can't tickle yourself. And although you might be able to tickle a total stranger, your brain also strongly discourages you from doing something so socially awkward. These facts offer insight into tickling's evolutionary purpose, says Robert R. Provine, a neuroscientist at …

Camera Traps Reveal Baby Bears and Other Creatures

Changing Planet<p><i>Victoria Hillman is a National Geographic Explorer and Research Director for the Transylvanian Wildlife Project overseeing research on carnivores and biodiversity of Europe’s last great wilderness. Follow the expedition here on Explorers Journal through updates from the …

A National Park for Blue Whales?

In one day, a baby boy gained 200 pounds (90 kilograms) just from his mother’s milk. At this rate, it seems like he’ll be fully grown in no time. But this little guy has a long way to go. He’s a blue whale calf, and in five to 10 years, he’ll be the largest animal ever known to exist on Earth.<p>For …

Peacock Surprise: What Females Like in a Male

<b>What catches an Indian peahen’s eye? Most of the time, it’s not the peacock‘s showy tail, a new study says.</b><p>Scientists who used eye-tracking cameras to follow peahens’ gazes found that the female birds spend only 20 to 30 percent of their time looking at a displaying male, and the rest of the time …

Isolated Tigers Travel Surprising Lands to Find Mates

Protecting undeveloped land could save the big cat, scientists say.<p><b>The tiger Shere Khan was lord in Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book, but his modern-day descendants are king no more: The big cats have seen their central Indian forests dwindle and fracture.</b><p>The remaining tigers are only surviving by …

Franz Josef Land Expediton: Ice and Giant Sea Spiders

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>The giant sea spider Anomorhynchus smithii, a species described for the first time in Franz Josef Land in 1881. (Photo by Enric Sala)<p><i>National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala is setting off to explore Franz Josef Land, one of the most remote archipelagos in the</i> …

National Geographic Magazine

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Exotic Mammals Disperse Exotic Fungi That Promote Invasion by Exotic Trees

1. Callaway RM, Thelen GC, Rodriguez A, Holben WE (2004) Soil biota and exotic plant invasion. Nature 427: 731–733.<p>2. Richardson DM, Allsopp N, …

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First Killer Whale Reintroduced to Wild Has Baby

Springer, who was rescued in 2002, is a success story, experts say.<p><b>The only killer whale known to be put back into the wild after human intervention was spotted with her first baby last week.</b><p>In 2002, a young killer whale named Springer was reintroduced to her pod in northern Vancouver Island (map), …

Can iguanas swim, and what would it mean for conservation?

<i>Charles Knapp, Vice President of Conservation and Research</i> <i><br>John G. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, Illinois USA</i><p>Last week, you learned about how Shedd Aquarium’s long-term citizen science research program is helping to save endangered iguanas in the Bahamas. This week, we’ll explore another facet of our …

Sabertooths Had Weak Bites, Used Neck Muscles to Kill

Distantly related sabertooth species had similarly wimpy jaws.<p><b>At least two species of sabertooths were more muscle than bite, subduing their prey with powerful necks and forelimbs, a new study says.</b><p>The long-fanged prehistoric predators "have long excited scholarly and popular attention," …

New Exhibit Explores Idaho’s Buzzsaw Jaws

When I think of Idaho, ratfish are not what immediately come to mind. Spuds and the ghastly belt of agricultural reek that keeps me holding my breath whenever I speed past Idaho Falls on the interstate, sure, but not strange cartilaginous fish. A new exhibit at the the Idaho Museum of Natural …

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Moths Vibrate Genitals to Avoid Bats

<b>In the air wars between bats and moths, the bugs are fighting back—by shaking their privates.</b><p>It’s no award-winning dance move, but a new study shows that hawkmoths in Borneo (map) jiggle their junk to produce ultrasound. That jams Malaysian bats’ built-in sonar, rendering the hawkmoths temporarily …

Manatees, Florida

An impala was filmed sensationally escaping two cheetahs by leaping into a car full of tourists at Kruger National Park in South Africa. SCROLL DOWN FOR PICTURES AND VIDEO Stunned tourists on safari watched as the terrified animal looked a second

An impala was filmed sensationally escaping two cheetahs by leaping into a car full of tourists at Kruger National Park in South Africa. <b>SCROLL DOWN</b> …

Crickets Act Differently When Others Are Watching

Male insects are more aggressive when they have an audience, study says.<p><b>Everybody loves an audience—even crickets.</b><p>A new study shows that the insects change their aggressive behavior when they know other crickets are watching, the first time this phenomenon has been observed in any invertebrate. …