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Understanding the coevolving web of life as a network

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:32:22 EDT ~ Coevolution, which occurs when species interact and adapt to each other, is often studied in the context of pair-wise interactions between mutually beneficial symbiotic partners. But many species have mutualistic interactions with multiple partners, leading to complex networks of interacting species. Find out more...

Hardy corals make their moves to build new reefs from scratch

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:35:40 EDT ~ Resilient species of coral can move to inhospitable areas and lay the foundations for new reefs, a study shows. Find out more...

Death by a thousand cuts? Not for small populations

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:35:35 EDT ~ New research provides a look at how certain species survive by evolving a greater ability to weed out harmful mutations -- a new concept called 'drift robustness'. Find out more...

New Amazon threat? Deforestation from mining

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:02:12 EDT ~ Sprawling mining operations in Brazil have caused roughly 10 percent of all Amazon rainforest deforestation between 2005 and 2015 -- much higher than previous estimates -- says the first comprehensive study of mining deforestation in the iconic tropical rainforest. Surprisingly, the majority of mining deforestation (a full 90%) occurred outside the mining leases granted by Brazil's government, the new study finds. Find out more...

Healthy coral populations produce a surprising number of offspring

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:02:03 EDT ~ Healthy coral populations can produce up to 200 times more juvenile corals than degraded coral populations nearby, according to a new study. Find out more...

Amazonian hunters deplete wildlife but don't empty forests

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:31:48 EDT ~ Conservationists can be 'cautiously optimistic' about the prospect of sustainable subsistence hunting by Amazonian communities, according to new research. The research team spent over a year working with 60 Amazonian communities and hiked for miles through trackless forests to deploy nearly 400 motion-activated camera traps -- in a bid to understand which species are depleted by hunting and where. Find out more...

Tropical beetles face extinction threat

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:43:38 EDT ~ Climate change is putting many tropical high altitude beetles at risk of extinction, warn an international team of scientists. Find out more...

Dinosaur dung fertilizes planet, new research shows

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:44:12 EDT ~ Dinosaurs were, and large animals are, important not for the quantity of dung they produce, but for their ability to move long distances across landscapes, effectively mixing the nutrients, outline researchers in a new report. Find out more...

When lemons give you life: Herpetofauna adaptation to citrus orchards in Belize

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:28:14 EDT ~ Reptile and amphibian communities exhibit a promising level of resilience to agricultural lands. In a new study, herpetologists compared forested areas to manicured citrus orchards and reclaimed orchard forests in Belize. Further intriguing discoveries were made when the Category 1 Hurricane Earl hit the study site. Find out more...

Fanged kangaroo research could shed light on extinction

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:27:19 EDT ~ Fanged kangaroos -- an extinct family of small fanged Australian kangaroos -- might have survived at least five million years longer than previously thought. A new study has found the species might have competed for resources with ancestors of modern kangaroos. Find out more...