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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...

Unprecedented wave of large-mammal extinctions linked to prehistoric humans

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:15:36 EDT ~ Homo sapiens, Neanderthals and other recent human relatives may have begun hunting large mammal species down to size -- by way of extinction -- at least 90,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to a new study. The magnitude and scale of the extinction wave surpassed any other recorded during the last 66 million years, according to the study. Find out more...

New ancestor of modern sea turtles found in Alabama

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:47:28 EDT ~ A sea turtle discovered in Alabama is a new species from the Late Cretaceous epoch, according to a new study. Find out more...

How to improve habitat conservation for migrating cranes

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:20:47 EDT ~ Every year, endangered whooping cranes travel along a 4,000-kilometer corridor linking their Canadian nesting grounds and their winter home in Texas. Habitat in their path through the northern Great Plains is being lost at an alarming rate, but identifying key spots for protection is a challenge. Now, researchers behind a new study have created a model of whooping crane habitat use with the potential to greatly improve the targeting of conservation efforts during their migration. Find out more...

Dinosaurs ended -- and originated -- with a bang!

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 10:58:03 EDT ~ It is commonly understood that the dinosaurs disappeared with a bang -- wiped out by a great meteorite impact on the Earth 66 million years ago. But their origins have been less understood. In a new study, scientists show that the key expansion of dinosaurs was also triggered by a crisis -- a mass extinction that happened 232 million years ago. 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...

Genetic evidence that magnetic navigation guides loggerhead sea turtles

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 14:11:03 EDT ~ New research provides valuable insight into the navigation and nesting behaviors of loggerhead sea turtles that could inform future conservation efforts. Loggerhead sea turtles that nest on beaches with similar magnetic fields are genetically similar to one another, according to a new study. Find out more...

Animal images used in marketing may skew public perception about their survival risks

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 14:10:31 EDT ~ Many of the world's most charismatic animal species -- those that attract the largest interest and deepest empathy from the public -- are at high risk of extinction in part because many people believe their iconic stature guarantees their survival. 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...

Extensive seagrass meadows discovered in Indian Ocean through satellite tracking of green turtles

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 11:10:27 EDT ~ Biologists have discovered for the first time extensive deep-water seagrass meadows in the middle of the vast Indian Ocean through satellite tracking the movement of green sea turtles. Find out more...