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Marine reserves are vital -- but under pressure

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 10:14:14 EDT ~ A massive study of nearly 1800 tropical coral reefs around the world has found that marine reserves near heavily populated areas struggle to do their job -- but are a vast improvement over having no protection at all. Find out more...

Boring barnacles prefer the shallow life on coral reefs

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 17:46:04 EDT ~ Scientists have quantified how barnacles infest stony coral over a variety of conditions and reduce calcium carbonate on reefs. Coral reefs harbor diverse marine life and help prevent coastal erosion. Find out more...

T. Rex couldn't stick out its tongue

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:01:29 EDT ~ Dinosaurs are often depicted as fierce creatures, baring their teeth, with tongues wildly stretching from their mouths like giant, deranged lizards. But new research reveals a major problem with this classic image: Dinosaurs couldn't stick out their tongues like lizards. Instead, their tongues were probably rooted to the bottoms of their mouths in a manner akin to alligators. 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...

Coral reef 'oases' offer glimmer of hope

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 22:24:54 EDT ~ Scientists have discovered small communities of corals that are flourishing against the odds while so many around the world are dying. Find out more...

Local interventions boost coral's resilience to bleaching

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 22:24:30 EDT ~ Local conservation actions can significantly boost coral's resilience to, and recovery from, climate-induced thermal bleaching by reducing other energy-sapping stresses the coral faces, a new study finds. Scientists found they could reduce the extent of bleaching by half if they removed or reduced populations of coral-eating snails from affected reefs. The coral's recovery from bleaching was also enhanced. 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...

Amber fossils provide oldest evidence of frogs in wet, tropical forests

Thu, 14 Jun 2018 09:52:37 EDT ~ 99-million-year-old amber fossils from Myanmar provide the earliest evidence of frogs in wet, tropical forests. Find out more...