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Museum researchers rediscover animal not seen in 30 years

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:27:01 EDT ~ Researchers have rediscovered the San Quintin kangaroo rat (Dipodomys gravipes) in Baja California. The Museum is partnering with Terra and local authorities on a conservation plan for the species, which was last seen in 1986, and was listed as endangered by the Mexican government in 1994. It was held as an example of modern extinction due to agricultural conversion. Find out more...

Marine fish won an evolutionary lottery 66 million years ago

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:56:15 EDT ~ Why do the Earth's oceans contain such a staggering diversity of fish of so many different sizes, shapes, colors and ecologies? The answer, biologists report, dates back 66 million years ago, when a six-mile-wide asteroid crashed to Earth, wiping out the dinosaurs and approximately 75 percent of animal and plant species worldwide. Find out more...

More than 12,000 marine creatures uncovered during West Java deep-sea exploration

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:56:59 EDT ~ Scientists who participated in the South Java Deep Sea Biodiversity Expedition 2018 had collected more than 12,000 creatures during their 14-day voyage to survey the unexplored deep seas off the southern coast of West Java, Indonesia. Find out more...

Logging in tropical forests jeopardizing drinking water

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 14:24:48 EDT ~ Researchers have found that increasing land clearing for logging in Solomon Islands -- even with best management strategies in place -- will lead to unsustainable levels of soil erosion and significant impacts to downstream water quality. Find out more...

Climate change mitigation project threatens local ecosystem resilience in Ethiopia

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:15:41 EDT ~ To increase forest cover in the Global South in order to mitigate climate change does not always have positive effects, as shown in a new study in southern Ethiopia. It can also threaten biodiversity and the survival of unique alpine plants. Find out more...

A new hope: One of North America's rarest bees has its known range greatly expanded

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 08:59:40 EDT ~ The Macropis cuckoo bee is one of the rarest bees in North America, partly because of its specialized ecological associations. It is a nest parasite of oil-collecting bees of the genus Macropis which, in turn, are dependent on oil-producing flowers of the genus Lysimachia. However, new data greatly expands the known range of the cuckoo, and has implications for its conservation status. Find out more...

More than just menageries: First look at zoo and aquarium research shows high output

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 13:08:18 EDT ~ Most of us think of zoos and aquariums as family destinations: educational but fun diversions for our animal-loving kids. But modern zoos and aquariums are much more than menageries. According to a new study, the institutions are increasingly contributing to our knowledge base on biodiversity conservation and other scientific topics. Find out more...

Droughts mean fewer flowers for bees

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 22:08:17 EDT ~ Bees could be at risk from climate change because more frequent droughts could cause plants to produce fewer flowers, new research shows. Find out more...

New method prioritizes species for conservation in the face of uncertainty

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 14:51:19 EDT ~ A new way to prioritize species for conservation efforts outperforms other similar methods, according to new research. Find out more...

Center of world's marine biodiversity is in danger

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 13:28:48 EDT ~ Researchers have found that the world's center of biodiversity is under widespread threat of losing a key marine resource. Find out more...