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Biodiversity loss shifts flowering phenology at same magnitude as global warming

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:45:35 EDT ~ Researchers have revealed that declining plant diversity -- from habitat loss, human use, and other environmental pressures -- causes plants to flower earlier, and that the effects of diversity loss on the timing of flowering are similar in magnitude to the effects of global warming. The finding could have a powerful influence on the way scientists study ecosystem changes and measure the effects of global warming. Find out more...

Strong interaction between herbivores and plants

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:57:22 EDT ~ Important findings have been revealed on the interaction between nutrient availability and the diversity of consumer species in freshwater environments. A better understanding of this interaction will contribute to developing possibilities to maintain biodiversity in all kinds of ecosystems. Find out more...

Giant salamanders, geckos and olms: Vanishing species diversity in Siberia

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:40:27 EDT ~ Scientists have studied the development of the amphibian and reptile fauna in Western Siberia during the past twelve million years. In their study, they demonstrate that the species diversity of both groups of animals was noticeably higher in the past than it is today. Among others, for the first time the researchers discovered an Asiatic representative of the extinct frog family Palaeobatrachidae as well as evidence of a giant salamander with a length of up to 1.80 meters. Find out more...

Yellow fever killing thousands of monkeys in Brazil

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:56:11 EDT ~ In a vulnerable forest in southeastern Brazil, where the air was once thick with the guttural chatter of brown howler monkeys, there now exists silence. Yellow fever, a virus carried by mosquitoes and endemic to Africa and South America, has robbed the private, federally-protected reserve of its brown howlers in an unprecedented wave of death that has swept through the region since late 2016, killing thousands of monkeys. Find out more...

'Spectacular-looking' endangered frog species discovered in Ecuador's cloud forests

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:32:51 EDT ~ It's not every day someone gets to say, 'I've discovered a new species.' It's a claim that biologist Chris Funk can happily make. Funk and collaborators, who've spent years exploring the tropical climes of South America to study the region's dizzying biodiversity, have documented a new species of rainfrog they've named the Ecuadorian rainfrog (Pristimantis ecuadorensis). Find out more...

The Cerberus Groundsnake is a Critically Endangered new species from Ecuador

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:37:17 EDT ~ The snake fauna of Central and South America seems largely under-researched, since as many as thirty-three species of a single genus have been discovered in the last ten years only. Recently, a team of scientists have studied the hereditary molecular differences in this genus and described three new colubrid species. Among the new reptiles, there is a species which is to be known under the common name Cerberus Groundsnake. Find out more...

New Hope for the Saiga Antelope?

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:26:55 EDT ~ The Saiga Antelope, which is currently threatened with extinction, used to be much more flexible in its habitat and food choices in the past than previously assumed, scientists have discovered. Based on carbon and nitrogen isotopes in the collagen from the antelopes bones, the scientists compared the diets of fossil versus modern-day Saiga. In their study, they reached the conclusion that todays populations are not obligatorily bound to their current habitat. This insight offers new hope for this endangered species. Find out more...

Scientists follow seeds to solve ecological puzzle

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:22:26 EDT ~ A four-year study of one rare and one common lupine growing in coastal dunes showed that a native mouse steals most of the rare lupines seeds while they are still attached to the plant. The mouse is a 'subsidized species,' given cover for nocturnal forays by European beachgrass, originally planted to stabilize the dunes. Find out more...

Endangered ibises benefit from joining egret flocks

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:22:14 EDT ~ Birds benefit from flocking together -- even when they're not of a feather. According to a new study, China's endangered crested ibises benefit from joining forces with other, more visually-oriented bird species while searching for food. Find out more...

Livestock can uproot protected wildlife from prime real estate

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:26:04 EDT ~ The story of wildlife conservation is usually framed as man vs. treasured wildlife. But there's growing evidence that the narrative deserves to have leading roles for livestock such as sheep, yaks or cows. A group of researchers are building the case that allowing livestock to graze and forage amidst protected wildlife disrupts wildlife already struggling for survival -- and that different wildlife react to livestock invasions in different ways. Find out more...