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Beluga whales have sensitive hearing, little age-related loss

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 10:06:17 EDT ~ Scientists published the first hearing tests on a wild population of healthy marine mammals. The tests on beluga whales in Bristol Bay, Alaska, revealed that the whales have sensitive hearing abilities and the number of animals that experienced extensive hearing losses was far less than what scientists had anticipated. Find out more...

Do bats adapt to gates at abandoned mines?

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 09:47:55 EDT ~ Abandoned mines can serve as roost sites for bats, but because the mines pose serious risks to humans, officials often install gates at their entrances. Find out more...

Climate change to overtake land use as major threat to global biodiversity

Tue, 19 Jun 2018 23:08:46 EDT ~ Climate change will have a rapidly increasing effect on the structure of global ecological communities over the next few decades, with amphibians and reptiles being significantly more affected than birds and mammals, a new report finds. Find out more...

Museum collection reveals distribution of Carolina parakeet 100 years after its extinction

Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:29:47 EDT ~ While 2018 marks the centenary of the death of the last captive Carolina parakeet -- North America's only native parrot, a team of researchers have shed new light on the previously known geographical range of the species. Find out more...

Factor important for ZIKA Virus host species restriction

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 22:24:21 EDT ~ In 2013 and 2015, devastating outbreaks of ZIKA captured world attention. The virus is often transmitted from wild animals -- probably non-human primates -- via mosquitos to humans. This is the first comprehensive study to investigate which mammal species may host the ZIKA virus (ZIKV). Find out more...

Primates in peril

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 14:13:13 EDT ~ Primates are fascinating. They are intelligent, live in complex societies and are a vital part of the ecosystem. Lemurs, lorises, galagos, tarsiers, monkeys and apes are our closest biological relatives and just like them, humans are also primates. However, while the human population spread to all corners of the earth, many of our closest relatives are under serious threat. Find out more...

Five new species of snail-sucking snakes discovered

Thu, 14 Jun 2018 21:36:33 EDT ~ New research has uncovered five new species of snakes in Ecuador and Peru with peculiar dining etiquette: they suck the viscous bodies of snails out of their shells. Find out more...

Deadly fungus found for first time in critically endangered amphibian species

Wed, 13 Jun 2018 11:37:12 EDT ~ A fungal pathogen which has led to the extinction of entire species in South America has been recorded for the first time in critically endangered amphibians in India. Find out more...

Scientists discover a new way to find mass extinctions

Wed, 13 Jun 2018 10:20:13 EDT ~ During the history of the Earth, there were many mass extinctions, when huge numbers of species died out. They are usually easy to identify because of the sudden extinctions, followed by a gap, and then the recovery of life. Find out more...

Large fenced reserves an effective way to bring wolves back to Scotland

Wed, 13 Jun 2018 10:20:07 EDT ~ Research indicates that for wolves to be effective at directly reducing red deer numbers and allowing nature to recover in the Scottish Highlands they may need to be reintroduced to very large fenced reserve. Find out more...