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Dino-killing asteroid's impact on bird evolution

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:11:31 EDT ~ Human activities could change the pace of evolution, similar to what occurred 66 million years ago when a giant asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs, leaving modern birds as their only descendants. Find out more...

Scientists and farmers work together to wipe out African lovegrass

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:17:41 EDT ~ New research and collaboration could lead to the eventual eradication of the highly invasive African lovegrass threatening pastures and native grasslands Australia-wide. What they discovered is that local knowledge is the key to a successful management approach. Find out more...

Efforts to save sea turtles are a 'global conservation success story'

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:21:23 EDT ~ A new study of the world's seven sea turtle species provides evidence that their numbers are growing overall (unlike many endangered vertebrates), thanks to years of conservation efforts that have played a key role in sea turtle recovery -- even for small sea turtle populations. Find out more...

Plant physiology: Adjusting to fluctuating temperatures

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:45:46 EDT ~ The average vegetation periods of trees and shrubs in North America are intrinsically three weeks shorter than those of comparable species in Europe and Asia, new research indicates. Find out more...

Emerging disease further jeopardizes North American frogs

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:02:06 EDT ~ A deadly amphibian disease called severe Perkinsea infections, or SPI, is the cause of many large-scale frog die-offs in the United States, according to a new study. Find out more...

North Atlantic right whales decline confirmed: 458 remaining

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:04:19 EDT ~ Marine biologists have developed a new model to improve estimates of abundance and population trends of endangered North Atlantic right whales, which have declined in numbers and productivity in recent years. Between 1990 and 2010 abundance increased to 482 animals, but since 2010 the numbers have declined to 458 in 2015, with 14 known deaths this year. Find out more...

When it comes to the threat of extinction, size matters

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:27:32 EDT ~ Animals in the Goldilocks zone -- neither too big, nor too small, but just the right size -- face a lower risk of extinction than do those on both ends of the scale, according to an extensive global analysis. Find out more...

Light at the end of the tunnel: Restored forest now shelters dozens of endangered species

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:22:46 EDT ~ A twenty-year effort to protect and manage tiny remnants of a dilapidated forest in Benin, along with its agricultural and fallow vegetation surroundings, resulted in 14 ha of rich secondary forest, which corresponds to the size of nearly 20 sacred groves. This sanctuary now protects the critically endangered red-bellied monkey together with 52 endangered plant species. Find out more...

Once-abundant ash tree and antelope species face extinction

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 08:40:43 EDT ~ North America's most widespread and valuable ash tree species are on the brink of extinction due to an invasive beetle decimating their populations, while the loss of wilderness areas and poaching are contributing to the declining numbers of five African antelope species, according to the latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Today's IUCN Red List update also reveals a dramatic decline of grasshoppers and millipedes endemic to Madagascar, and the extinction of the Christmas Island Pipistrelle bat. Find out more...

Lion conservation requires effective international cooperation

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 10:44:22 EDT ~ In response to the alarming population declines of one of the most charismatic representatives of the megafauna, the lion, a team of international wildlife lawyers and lion experts joined efforts to assess the current and potential future role of international treaties regarding the carnivore's conservation. Find out more...