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Biodiversity<b><br>44,011,322</b> <b>Pages</b><br>about #Zoology, #Entomology, #Paleontology, #Botany, #Geology, #Biodiversity, #NaturalHistory<br>By <i>Christophe Avon</i> (MAHN …

Rainforest Trees Are Like Islands

The bigger the tree, the greater the diversity of ant species that call it home<p>In the 1970s, biologists realized something interesting about islands: There was a correlation between their size and the number of species they harbored, apparently a kind of evolutionary natural law. Soon, the idea was …

Nature

Bumblebees Are Dying Out Because They’re Too Fat to Mate

Scientists are working hard to slim them down.<p>Before the 1990s, the rusty-patched bumblebee could be found in 28 states throughout the Midwest and the New England region. Then, it vanished mysteriously. Within a few decades, 90 percent of rusty-patched bumblebees were gone in an ecological <i>poof .</i> …

Bees

Evolution vs. Creationism: Inside the Controversy

<b>Introduction</b> <i><br>by Karin Tucker</i><p><b>Section 1: At Issue: Evolution & Darwinism</b><p>1.1 Darwin’s Living Legacy <i><br>by Gary Stix</i><p>1.2 The Origin of Darwinism <i><br>by C.D.</i> …

Evolution

Drawing the eye to extinction

As you watch, the jaguar fades to black. Also the monkey next to it, the antelope, the grizzly bear, the wild dog, the Siberian tiger.Look around the …

Harvard

Evolution of new species requires few genetic changes

Only a few genetic changes are needed to spur the evolution of new species—even if the original populations are still in contact and exchanging …

Evolution

Predicting Extinction — with a Yule Tree

At this time of year, the words “Yule tree” may conjure images of brightly decorated balsam firs.<p>But for Lea Popovic, an associate professor of …

Evolution

Rapid trait evolution crucial to species growth, study finds

Rapid evolution at the edges of a given species habitat may play a larger role in population expansions than previously suspected, according to the …

Ecology

New discovery by Wits researchers: Puff adders use 'lingual luring' to hunt

Kaveel Singh, News24<p>Video<p>We speak to snake experts Shaun and Tracey who introduce us to Puff Daddy, a puff adder. Puff adders, whilst not the most …

Biological Species

This 500-Million-Year-Old Sea Creature Boggles the Imagination

A stubbly, worm-like creature featuring as many as 30 limbs combed the seafloor during the early Cambrian period, according to new research. Its …

Fish can't talk, so they pee instead

Perhaps you know someone who's written his name in snow, you know, with urine. That's essentially what some fish do every day. In a study titled, "To pee or not to pee: urine signals mediate aggressive interactions in the cooperatively breeding cichlid," researchers explain that urination for the …

Fish

Finding the Speed of Evolution in a Study of Bird Beaks

When the ancestors of Darwin’s finches arrived on the Galápagos two million years ago, they gained access to a world of new morsels, untapped by other animals. In a relatively short period, 14 species of finches evolved, specializing in different diets through different beak shapes: short for …

Evolution

The Freaky Swivel Neck of the Barbeled Dragonfish

Most vertebrates go to any length necessary to protect their vital spinal cord. The barbled dragonfish is not that concerned, and has dispensed with …

Who Needs Males? Female Shark Leonie Makes Babies On Her Own

A recent study reported a female shark switching from sexual to asexual reproduction and making babies on her own. This is rarer than going from …

Biological Species

Why Do Birds Have Such Crazy Beaks?

A citizen science project measured over 2,000 bird beaks to help figure out why they’re so crazy looking.<p>When Charles Darwin made his now infamous trip to the Galapagos Islands in the early 19th century, he made a trivial observation that would nevertheless end up profoundly changing our …

Evolution

Exceptional reproductive biology in extremely restricted critically endangered Nimba toad

The critically endangered Nimba toad is long known for its exceptional reproductive biology. The females of this unique species give live birth to …

Biology

13 Secrets of Forensic Entomologists

Forensic entomology is the study of insects in criminal investigations. Think you know something about the field because you’ve seen Gil Grissom on …

Art Galleries

Solar Flares in Space ​May Cause Whale Beachings on Earth

Early on New Year's Day, a fisherman at Wellfleet Harbor on Cape Cod noticed something strange in the water near the town boat dock: a pair of dorsal …

Oceans

Scientists confirm dorado catfish as all-time distance champion of freshwater migrations: Full migratory life-cycle distance of dorado catfish stretches from Amazon River estuary to the Andes Mountains

Full migratory life-cycle distance of dorado catfish stretches from Amazon River estuary to the Andes Mountains<p>An international team of scientists …

South America

Birds Struggle to Keep Their Marriages in Rapidly Changing Urban Environments

Birds

Newly discovered gecko has a quick-release mechanism for escaping predators

Lizards are famous for their ability to detach their tail when a predator grabs it, but a newfound species of gecko from Madagascar takes this ability to the extreme. When a predator goes to take a bite, <i>Geckolepis megalepis</i> gives it a mouthful of scales and flesh instead.<p>If you think this sounds …

Biological Species

"The Amber Trap – Unlocking Stories of Ancient Polar Climates from Fossilized Tree Resin"

How Did Birds Get Their Wings? Feathered Ornithomimids from Alberta and the Origin of Wings

Modifying Mosquitoes with CRISPR - AMNH SciCafe

Into the Island of Bats - Shelf Life #14

The Tawny Palmfly (Elymnias panthera). Sabah (Borneo), Malaysia. Nature lover: http://www.jamiun.com

The Amazon Reef That Keeps Being Discovered

Have you heard about the coral reef that was just discovered in the Amazon? If you did, you’re not alone—millions of others have too, as it was one of the most-read science stories of 2016. Unfortunately, when the story broke, I was diving in the Philippines and did not have time to clarify the …

Oceans

This Crab Clones Its Allies by Ripping Them in Half

It wields sea anemones like boxing gloves; if it loses one, it makes another by bisecting the remaining one.<p>The American novelist S. E. Hinton once said, “If you have two friends in your lifetime, you’re lucky. If you have one good friend, you’re more than lucky.” By that logic, boxer crabs are the …

Biological Species

Oldest proteins ever have been found in a 195-million-year-old dinosaur, scientists say

The <i>Lufengosaurus</i> — a long-necked herbivore that walked on two feet in what is now southwestern China — has been dead for 195 million years. But scientists think a small bit of soft tissue still clings to those old bones.<p>Writing in the journal Nature Communications this week, paleontologists …

Dinosaurs