Biodiversity

Scientists hunt for extinct Tasmanian tiger after sightings in Australia

Scientists in northern Australia are preparing to hunt for the Tasmanian tiger following a series of “sightings” of the species, which was declared extinct after the last one died in a zoo in 1936.<p>As part of a search due to begin next month, scientists plan to set up more than 50 camera traps to …

Wildlife

There's an Algae Bloom the Size of Mexico in the Arabian Sea Right Now, and It's Not Good

The ocean is suffocating.<p>An algae bloom the size of Mexico has appeared in the Arabian Sea, thanks to a growing 'dead zone' in the Gulf of Oman.<p>It's …

What if all bumblebees went extinct? We'd be in 'a world of trouble'

This week, the rusty patched bumblebee officially became the first bumblebee in the U.S. to make the endangered species list. USA TODAY<p>For the first time, a bumblebee has been placed on the endangered species list. But what if they went extinct?<p>Well, if you like to eat, you should worry about …

Bees

Pigs' teeth and hippo poo: behind the scenes at London zoo

The Zoological Society of London zoo is home to more than 650 animal species. Photographer Linda Nylind was given exclusive access to spend time with the keepers and find out more about their daily routines<p>London zoo was established in 1828 and is the world’s oldest scientific zoo. Created as a …

Wildlife

The Cost of Resurrecting Extinct Species Could be Devastating

Advances in genetic engineering have made it possible for scientists to bring back extinct animals, the most promising of which is the woolly …

Life Sciences

Turkish ministry warns businesses by sea turtle beaches to adhere to rules

The Forestry and Water Affairs Ministry has issued warnings to businesses active in 21 areas where sea turtles nest in Turkey, asking them to follow …

Sea Turtles

New breeding area in Bolivia offers hope for wild macaws on the brink

A recent expedition in Bolivia by the conservation group Asociación Armonía, revealed a wonderful surprise for the future of the rare blue-throated …

Life Sciences

Climate change driving away Florida Bay's iconic spoonbills

Of the many ways used to diagnosis the health of the Everglades, the most bizarrely beautiful by far, with red beady eyes and bald greenish head, is …

Nature

This bird has flown: Unravelling the mysteries of bird migration

THE Arctic tern, a black-crowned seabird weighing no more than a bar of soap, flies from the top of the world to the bottom and back again every …

Nature

Mammals 'Battle' for Greatness in March Madness for Science Nerds

Who among us hasn’t wondered who would win in a fight between a bear and an alligator? Or a ram and a tiger? A badger and a gopher? <b></b>While these …

March Madness

Boost for endangered loggerhead turtle at WA nesting ground

There are fresh hopes for the plight of the endangered loggerhead turtle after an unusually bumper nesting season at Gnaraloo on Western Australia's …

Life Sciences

Why do guillemot chicks leap from the nest before they can fly?

It looks like a spooky suicide when small, fluffy guillemot chicks leap from the cliffs and fall several hundred metres towards the sea - long before …

Science

Predatory lizard enters Brazil clandestinely

It all began with a photograph of a lizard posted on Facebook in August 2015 by the Brazilian Herpetology group. It was a strange lizard that had …

Life Sciences

Bad breath: Study find array of bacteria when orcas exhale

When the mighty orca breaks to the surface and exhales, the whale sprays an array of bacteria and fungi in its his breath, scientists said, some …

Life Sciences

Scientists make new discovery about bird evolution

In a new paper published in <i>National Science Review</i>, a team of scientists from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, the …

Biology

3 New Snakes Found, One Named for Underworld Monster

The newfound species add to Earth's most diverse snake genus—and one of them is already critically endangered.<p>The quest to build a family tree for Earth’s most diverse snake genus has uncovered three new species—one of which is named after Cerberus, the monster guarding the Greek underworld’s gates.<p>…

Biological Species

Study reveals mass extinction event 35 million years ago

Australian National University biologists have found the first evidence of mass extinction of Australian animals caused by a dramatic drop in global …

Life Sciences

Facts About Newts

Newts are small semi-aquatic amphibians that look like a cross between a frog and a lizard. Newts possess several interesting characteristics. For …

Nature

Kiwis believe native biodiversity in good shape despite 2800 species in decline

<i>New Zealand has more than 900 native species approaching extinction and another 2800 declining or at risk, Ged Cann looks at why Kiwis don't seem</i> …

This humble scientist, a ‘national treasure,’ showed us how to understand birds

One summer day, two years after his long and extraordinary career as a federal worker ended, Chandler S. Robbins finally agreed to talk about himself at the Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland. He was a rock star in the world of ornithology, the study of birds, but hardly anyone outside …

Life Sciences

Frogpocalypse Now

America seen from a satellite at night blooms with lights, up one coast, down the other, and all across the middle. If you ­focus on the lights of South Florida and then move in closer on a metro area—say, Naples or ­Miami or West Palm Beach—and then zoom in on a particular mall or commercial strip …

Life Sciences

You Don’t Wanna Know How a Climate Change-Induced Mass Extinction Can End (Hint: Lizards)

It’s a widely accepted fact that we’re fucked. That’s sort of in a general sense. You, reader, are certainly not making it past 2100. And …

Climate Change

Increase in crocodile attacks? People living near predators will always be at some risk

Whenever crocodiles and humans overlap, there will be a risk of attack – but culling is not the answer.<p>In northern Australia, you are never more than …

Life Sciences

Big-game jitters: Coyotes no match for wolves' hunting prowess

Yet the buffet-style menu of the eastern coyote means that its numbers can remain steady or even rise without large prey if alternative food is …

Life Sciences

Contrasting effects of visiting urban green-space and the countryside on biodiversity knowledge and conservation support

by Deborah F. Coldwell, Karl L. EvansConservation policy frequently assumes that increasing people’s exposure to green-space enhances their knowledge …

Biological Species

Genome 10K wants to sequence the genes of endangered species

Why it matters to you<p>Sequencing the genome of 10,000 different animal species can help reveal vital information about which ones are endangered and …

Genetics

Bee expert discusses bumblebee, now officially listed as endangered

Populations of the rusty patched bumblebee, a once-common bee species, have dramatically declined during the past three decades. Many scientists who …

Life Sciences

Non-breeding ravens live in highly dynamic social groups

Ravens have impressive cognitive skills when interacting with conspecifics – comparable to many primates, whose social intelligence has been related …

Biology

Discovery of new ginger species spices up African wildlife surveys

Scientists from WCS have discovered a new species of wild ginger, spicing up a wave of recent wildlife discoveries in the Kabobo Massif - a rugged, …

Life Sciences

New tools to increase the accuracy of biodiversity monitoring

An EU funded project, has created a range of tools to give a more accurate picture of current biodiversity, aiding efforts for sustainable governance …

Life Sciences