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Tiny shells indicate big changes to global carbon cycle

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:13:26 EDT ~ Experiments with tiny, shelled organisms in the ocean suggest big changes to the global carbon cycle are underway, according to a new study. Find out more...

New species of bus-sized fossil marine reptile unearthed in Russia

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:56:17 EDT ~ A new species of a fossil pliosaur (large predatory marine reptile from the 'age of dinosaur') has been found in Russia and profoundly change how we understand the evolution of the group, says an international team of scientists. Find out more...

Whales only recently evolved into giants when changing ice, oceans concentrated prey

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:00:24 EDT ~ A team of scientists have traced the evolution of whale size through more than 30 million years of history and found that very large whales appeared along several branches of the family tree about 2 to 3 million years ago. Increasing ice sheets in the Northern Hemisphere during this period likely altered the way whales' food was distributed in the oceans and enhanced the benefits of a large body size, the scientists say. Find out more...

Going with the flow: The forces that affect species' movements in a changing climate

Wed, 24 May 2017 08:45:03 EDT ~ Ocean currents affect how climate change impacts movements of species to cooler regions. A new study provides novel insight into how species' distributions change from the interaction between climate change and ocean currents. Find out more...

Transforming how complex marine data is synthesized

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:41:13 EDT ~ Scientists are transforming how complex marine data from the Ocean Health Index is synthesized, communicated and used for coastal management. Find out more...

First deep-sea mussel genome decoded

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:41:48 EDT ~ Scientists have assembled the 1.64 gigabytes genome of a deep-sea mussel, which is roughly equivalent to 50 percent of the size of human genome. This is the first decoded genome among all deep-sea macrobenthic animals, revealing a complete set of DNA. Find out more...

Why more juvenile sharks off California's coast is a good thing

Fri, 19 May 2017 17:23:03 EDT ~ Young great white sharks are using Californias coasts as a sort of nursery, suggests new research. Find out more...

Herpetologists describe an elf frog from the elfin forests in southern Vietnam

Fri, 19 May 2017 10:04:35 EDT ~ Going under the common name of Elfin mountain toad, a new amphibian is recognized as one of the smallest representative of its group. The new species was identified from the highland wet forests of Langbian Plateau, Southern Vietnam. The discoverers gave it this name that derives from German and Celtic folklore because of the resemblance they found between the tiny delicate amphibians and elves - small magic creatures. Furthermore, their habitat is known as elfin forests. Find out more...

Iron deficiency restrains marine microbes

Fri, 19 May 2017 08:36:28 EDT ~ Iron is a critical nutrient in the ocean. Its importance for algae and the nitrogen cycle has already been investigated in detail. Now a new discovery shows that microbes also need iron to process phosphorus. A team of researchers has completed a study showing that iron can limit phosphorus acquisition in the ocean. Their study contributes to knowledge of nutrient cycling in the ocean. Find out more...

New coral reef fish species shows rare parental care behavior

Thu, 18 May 2017 14:38:55 EDT ~ The vast majority of coral reef fish produce large numbers of young that disperse into the ocean as larvae, drifting with the currents before settling down on a reef. A few reef fish, however keep their broods on the reef, protecting the young until they are big enough to fend for themselves. On a recent trip to the Philippines, researchers discovered a new species of damselfish that exhibits this unusual parental care behavior. Find out more...