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2008-08-12 16:40:12

Climate change has shifted the boundaries of plant and animal habitats, with some birds in the United States extending their boundaries northward and trees moving farther up mountains, new studies show. Between 2000 and 2005, New York state's Department of Environmental Conservation had thousands of volunteers all over the state observe and report the birds they could identify, creating a Breeding Bird Atlas of the various species' breeding ranges. Researchers at the State University of...

2008-08-06 12:15:00

The Society of Gynecological Oncologists has informed Farm Sanctuary, the nation's leading farm animal protection organization, that it has canceled a "Hands-On Pig Lab" that was to take place on August 7 in conjunction with a surgical conference after receiving hundreds of calls and emails from animal advocates. Covidien Electrosurgery, which devised the "Pig Lab," is a company that performs laboratory tests on animals to market its surgical tools. According to conference materials,...

2008-02-07 17:05:00

Southeast Asian colugo could help researchers understand evolution of gliding and flight Berkeley -- The "flying" lemur of Malaysia is the champion of all gliding mammals, able to drop from the forest canopy, glide more than the length of two football fields, execute 90-degree turns and then alight gently on a tree trunk. Researchers in Singapore, the United Kingdom and at the University of California, Berkeley, are discovering how these animals move with the help of a miniature backpack...

2008-02-07 09:25:31

Leaving out bird seed in the cold winter months can benefit the adults and their young come breeding season, a new study finds, though ornithologists are divided on the big picture when it comes to feeding our feathered friends. The backyards and gardens of many houses feature perches or feeders with a ready supply of seeds or other snacks for birds to feed on. Households in the United States and the United Kingdom put out over 1 billion pounds (500 million kilograms) of food,...

2008-02-06 12:45:00

Extra food given to birds during the winter may not only help them survive, it also enables them to have a more successful breeding season, according to a new study published by the Royal Society, Britain's de-facto academy of sciences.Scientists conducted the study in isolated woodland in County Down, Northern Ireland where nest boxes were nailed to trees.In the control area of the wood, scientists left things unchanged, while in the other part of the wood, the scientists set up wire-mesh...

2008-01-24 15:05:00

A letter published in the advanced online publication Nature has revealed new insight into the evolution of flight in birds.    The issue has remained controversial among scientists, and previous theories have usually been based on interpretations of various fossil forms.   However, this new report is based on experimental observations of young birds, and suggests wing-stroke dynamics are the key to understanding the evolution of avian flight. The research was led by...

2006-12-17 18:50:00

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. -- "SNAKE!" Hearing this shout, Skip Snow slammed on the brakes. When the off-roader plowed to a halt, he and his partner, Lori Oberhofer, leaped out and took off running toward two snakes, actually - a pair of 10-foot Burmese pythons lying on a levee, sunning themselves. After slipping, sliding and tumbling down a rocky embankment, Snow, a wildlife biologist, grabbed one of the creatures by the tail. The python, Oberhofer says, did not care much for that. "It...

2006-11-06 15:26:43

Genetic analysis of an obscure, worm-like creature retrieved from the depths of the North Atlantic has led to the discovery of a new phylum, a rare event in an era when most organisms have already been grouped into major evolutionary categories. The analysis also appears to shed light on the ancestor of chordates, the backboned animals that include human beings and two small invertebrate groups closely related to one another: lancelets and tunicates. Its a tremendous surprise that this...

2006-07-03 10:31:46

NEW DELHI -- In the honking chaos of Delhi's old city, surrounded by bustling streets and crowded alleys teeming with people, hand-pulled carts and motorized rickshaws spewing exhaust, sits a little haven where sparrows chirp, pigeons coo and peacocks scream. For bird lovers across northern India, the terra-cotta colored Charity Bird Hospital in the yard of the 16th century Digamber Jain temple has become a sanctuary for ailing birds and small animals. Anyone finding an injured bird can bring...

2006-04-13 13:53:29

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A species of worm that thrives on undersea hot-water vents prefers the hottest water possible, choosing to live at temperatures that kill other animals, researchers reported on Thursday. Their unique abilities to withstand hot water shooting like a geyser from hydrothermal openings may help the stalk-like worms prey on bacteria that other animals cannot reach, the researchers report in Friday's issue of the...

Latest Animals Reference Libraries

Paralvinella sulfincola
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Paralvinella sulfincola is a species of worm in the Alvinellidae family. It lives among undersea hot-water vents, thriving in the hottest of waters, at temperatures that would kill most animals. This characteristic makes it an extremophile or hyperthermophile. Having the unique ability to withstand extremely hot water from hydrothermal openings enables this stalk-like worm to feed on bacteria that other animals cannot reach. It is difficult to know exactly what temperatures this species...

Giant Feather Duster Worm, Eudistylia polymorpha
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The Giant Feather Duster Worm (Eudistylia polymorpha) is a species of marine polychaete worm of the Sabellidae family. Its range extends along the western coast of North America, from Alaska to California. It is most commonly found in the intertidal zone in tide pools and in the neritic (coastal) zone at depths up to 1,375 feet. It is often found in groups along rocks, reefs, pilings, wharves and marinas. Its common name comes from the crown of tentacles extended when the animal is under...

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