Biological Species

Tigers, leopards and wild dogs found living in surprising harmony in Indian reserves

<b>A new study finds 3 carnivores that usually avoid each other at all costs have found smart ways to peacefully co-exist.</b><p>There may be no more classic …

Biodiversity

The butterfly effect: Extinction of fluttering moth puts your child's life in danger, affects balance of nature

My son and I were standing in the garden, basking the sunshine of an early winter. He was wearing a bright yellow <i>kurta</i>. As he knelt on the grass, a …

Biodiversity

Australia targets monster feral cats hunting native species to extinction

Despite opposition from animal lovers, Australia to cull millions of feral cats in the next three years.<p>The Australian government is on track to kill …

Biodiversity

Prairie dog towns in Colorado cover twice the acreage researchers once thought

Prairie dogs — the long-reviled rodents that pester developers and ranchers yet play a key role for Great Plains ecosystems — not only are surviving …

Biodiversity

Life Recovered Faster Than We Thought From Earth's Worst Mass Extinction

Even the Great Dying couldn't hold life down.<p>Life appears to have recovered faster than we thought after the worst mass extinction event in our …

Biodiversity

Drones provide birdsong researchers with flying ears

Bioacoustic recording devices – technology that records the sounds of living creatures –can help fill in some of the gaps for ecologists surveying …

Biodiversity

Wooly Mammoths Are Making a Comeback, Making Extinction a Thing of the Past

Scientists at Harvard say they are close to creating a cold-adapted version of an Asian elephant that resembles the extinct woolly mammoth. “Our aim …

Biodiversity

River Rapids Boost Species Diversity

Museum researchers working in the lower Congo River have long been impressed by the remarkable biodiversity of the region—and curious as to what …

Natural History

Have you seen this rabbit? Endangered New England cottontail needs help

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Biologists want Mainers to report if they see brown rabbits this winter.<p>Fewer than 300 New England cottontail rabbits live in …

Biodiversity

World Whale Day 2017: An Update On Mass Strandings

<b>In recognition of world whale day tomorrow this article covers one of the stranger and sadder phenomenon in the cetacean world.</b><p>Last Thursday, February 9th, conservationists spotted the beginnings of a mass beaching event in New Zealand and by morning saw over 400 Pilot Whales left stranded along …

Earth Science

'Tully monster' mystery is far from solved, group argues

Last year, headlines in <i>The New York Times</i>, <i>The Atlantic</i>, <i>Scientific American</i> and other outlets declared that a decades-old paleontological mystery had …

Biodiversity

Basking sharks seek out winter sun

Those which swam south left in late summer and autumn, and returned in spring and early summer.<p>"We don't yet know whether individuals make the same …

Biodiversity

More warm-dwelling animals and plants as a result of climate change

Since 1980, populations of warm-dwelling species in Germany have increased. The trend is particularly strong among warm-dwelling terrestrial species, …

Biodiversity

Species Introductions Accelerating

A study released this month has illustrated that the rate of species introductions to locations outside their native range is increasing faster than ever. Hanno Seebens and many others used the date of first records of introductions to plot the total number of new non-native species records every …

Biodiversity

You are what you eat: Old food shortens lifespan in animals

You are what you eat – so does eating old food make you old? It sounds far-fetched, but experiments on mice, flies and yeast suggest that it …

Zoology

Researcher unveils tool for a cleaner long island sound

"[The model] is a tool for citizens and managers to explore the impact of different actions," says Vaudrey, an assistant research professor in marine …

Biodiversity

Giving a Blind or Sight-Impaired Dog the Best Life Possible

<b>Blind and sight-impaired dogs rock</b><p>A few years ago I met a very old dog who clearly was totally blind. Jack was lumbering along with his nose to the …

Animal Behavior

The vulnerable vaquita: Immediate action needed to save critically endangered porpoise

When most people think of cetaceans, they think of the most iconic species: dolphins and whales. The vaquita—a small gray porpoise with an elusive lifestyle that’s native to Mexico’s Gulf of California—isn’t well known to most people, despite its “Critical” status on the Endangered Species List. …

Biodiversity

One million penguins gather in Argentina

More than one million South American penguins have descended upon Argentina’s Punta Tombo peninsula to migrate, according to local officials.<p>The …

Biodiversity

Body of tortoise 'Lonesome George' returned to Galapagos Islands

The embalmed body of the giant tortoise known as Lonesome George—the last known member of a species that was wiped out with his death in …

Biodiversity

The terrifying journey that led 'Planet Earth II' to a remote volcanic island with 1.5 million penguins

<b>The INSIDER Summary:</b><p><b>• The nature docuseries "Planet Earth II" just premiered in the US.</b> <b><br>• In the "Islands" episode, the crew filmed a penguin colony that lives on a remote active volcano.</b> <b><br>• INSIDER spoke with producer Liz White to learn about the treacherous journey to the island.</b><p>The BBC's …

Biodiversity

Amazing Images of Samoa's Deepwater Marinelife

Reef nerds, rejoice! NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer is back in action after being on an extended break following last year’s incredible expedition to the …

'You never quite know what you're going to get:' Planet Earth II explores 'the joy of natural history'

Thanks to camera technology advances, viewers get eye-level with the animals, visit new locations<p>Remember cheering on that baby iguana who narrowly …

Biodiversity

Feds: Mexican gray wolves see increase in wild population

New Mexico contends there's no way to determine whether the proposed releases would conflict with the state's own wildlife management because federal …

Biodiversity

Planet Earth II Recap: The One With the Islands

Planet Earth II<p>Islands Season 1 Episode 1<p>Editor's Rating 5 stars<p>The breathtaking BBC series enjoyed by stoners and 8-year-olds alike is finally back, …

Biodiversity

How facial-recognition software is helping protect endangered lemurs

A new program may help researchers distinguish – and protect – Madagascar's lemurs.<p>February 18, 2017 —Observing lemurs in the jungles of Madagascar …

Biodiversity

Panel to discuss deep-sea mining at AAAS Meeting

Home to an immense diversity of marine life, the deep ocean also contains valuable minerals with metals such as nickel, copper, cobalt, manganese, …

Biodiversity

Galapagos giant tortoises are pulling away from extinction one step at a time

<i>This article is reproduced with permission from The Conversation. Find the original story here.</i><p>The Galapagos Islands are world-famous as a laboratory …

Biodiversity

Penguin stolen from German zoo found headless

The penguin stolen from a zoo in the southwestern German city of Mannheim was missing its head.<p>Prosecutors have opened an investigation and are looking for possible witnesses, police spokesman Michael Klump said.<p>"We're all in shock," Alexandra Wind, spokeswoman for the Luisenpark animal park, told …

Biodiversity

World's Rarest Boa Snake Seen for 1st Time in 64 Years

Brazil's elusive tree boa <i>Corallus cropanii —</i> also known as Cropan's boa — is one of the world's rarest boas, infrequently sighted and known from only …

Biodiversity