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      December 3, 2020

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      Warbler Coloration Shaped by Evolution Via Distinct Paths

      Two genes that are important for the diverse colors and patterns of warbler plumage have evolved through two very different processes, according to a new study. These evolutionary processes could ...

      Cichlid Fishes from African Lake Tanganyika Shed Light on How Organismal Diversity Arises

      Lake Tanganyika in Africa is a true hotspot of organismal diversity. Approximately 240 species of cichlid fishes have evolved in this lake in less ...

      Henderson Island Fossils Reveal New Polynesian Sandpiper Species

      Fossil bones collected in the early 1990s on Henderson Island, part of the Pitcairn Group, have revealed a new species of Polynesian sandpiper. The Henderson Sandpiper, a small wading bird that has ...

      Paleontologists Uncover Three New Species of Extinct Walruses in Orange County, California

      Millions of years ago, in the warm Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California, walrus species without tusks lived abundantly. But in a new ...
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      Wrinkle-Faced Male Bats Lower Face Masks to Copulate

      The first behavioral observations of wrinkle-faced bats in their natural habitat reveal that this elusive species uses the rarest form of bat courtship behavior, according to a new ...

      Fossil Shark Turns Into Mystery Pterosaur

      Scientists have discovered the mystery creature amongst fossil collections housed in the Sedgwick Museum of Cambridge and the Booth Museum at Brighton that were assembled when phosphate mining was at ...

      Researchers Identify New Rickettsia Bacteria Species in Dogs

      Researchers have identified a new species of Rickettsia bacteria that may cause significant disease in dogs and humans. This new yet unnamed species, initially identified in three dogs, is part of ...

      Ancient Crocodiles' Family Tree Reveals Unexpected Twists and Turns

      Despite 300 years of research, and a recent renaissance in the study of their biological make-up, the mysterious, marauding teleosauroids have remained enduringly elusive. Scientific understanding of ...

      DNA in Seawater Can Reveal Fish Diversity in the Deep Ocean

      A new study demonstrates the effectiveness of a novel method for using DNA in seawater samples to determine which fish species are present in a given part of the deep ...

      Gentoo Penguins Are Four Species, Not One, Say Scientists

      First analysis combining genetic and physical differences of populations of gentoo penguins indicates they should be treated as four separate ...

      From Nitrate Crisis to Phosphate Crisis?

      The aim of the EU Nitrates Directive is to reduce nitrates leaking into the environment and to prevent pollution of water supplies. The widely accepted view is that this will help protect threatened ...

      First Australian Night Bees Recorded Foraging in Darkness

      Australian bees are known for pollinating plants on beautiful sunny days, but a new study has identified two species that have adapted their vision for night-time conditions for the first time. The ...

      China's Most Important Trees Are Hiding in Plain Sight

      Scientists have synthesized long-term biodiversity data from 12 immense forest study plots spanning 1,500 miles, from China's far north to its southern tropics. Their results point to maple ...

      Radical Changes in Ecosystems

      Earth and all the living organisms on it are constantly changing. But is there any way we can detect if these changes are occurring at an abnormal rate? Scientists have now developed a method of ...

      Ancient Marine Predator Had a Built-in Float

      About 240 million years ago, when reptiles ruled the ocean, a small lizard-like predator floated near the bottom of the edges in shallow water, picking off prey with fang-like teeth. A short and flat ...

      Climate Change Drives Plants to Extinction in the Black Forest in Germany

      Climate change is leaving its mark on the bog complexes of the German Black Forest. Due to rising temperatures and longer dry periods, two plant species have gone extinct over the last 40 years. The ...

      Coral Researchers Find Link Between Bacterial Genus and Disease Susceptibility

      Corals that appear healthy are more prone to getting sick when they're home to too many parasitic bacteria, new research ...

      Australian Scientists Discover 500-Meter-Tall Coral Reef in the Great Barrier Reef

      Scientists have discovered a massive detached coral reef in the Great Barrier Reef, measuring more than 500 meters high -- taller than the Empire State Building, the Sydney Tower and the Petronas ...

      Discovery Adds New Species a Lab's Ghoulish Insect Menagerie

      A horrifying insect soap opera with vampires, mummies and infant-eating parasites plays out on the stems and leaves of oak trees every day, and an evolutionary biologist found the latest player, a ...

      DNA in Fringe-Lipped Bat Feces Reveals Unexpected Eating Habits

      By examining the guano of the fringe-lipped bat (Trachops cirrhosus), biologists encountered surprising results about its eating habits and foraging ...

      Social Life as a Driving Factor of Birds' Generosity

      Taking a look at generosity within the crow family reveals parallels with human evolution. Working together to raise offspring and increased tolerance towards group members contribute to the ...

      Protected Areas Help Waterbirds Adapt to Climate Change

      Climate change pushes species distribution areas northward. However, the expansion of species ranges is not self-evident due to e.g. habitat degradation and unsustainable harvesting caused by human ...

      Management of Exploited Transboundary Fish Stocks Requires International Cooperation

      Marine fish species are migratory in nature and not respectful of human-made territorial boundaries, which represents a challenge for fisheries management as policies tend to focus at the national ...

      Management of a Popular Game Fish, the Smallmouth Bass

      For recreational fishing enthusiasts, the thrill of snagging their next catch comes with discovering what's hooked on the end of the line. In many freshwater streams and rivers -- across the ...

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