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2010-07-27 15:57:23

By deciphering the genetics in humans and fish, scientists now believe that the neck "“ that little body part between your head and shoulders "“ gave humans so much freedom of movement that it played a surprising and major role in the evolution of the human brain, according to New York University and Cornell University neuroscientists in the online journal Nature Communications (July 27, 2010.) Scientists had assumed the pectoral fins in fish and the forelimbs (arms and hands) in...

2010-07-01 11:33:00

SILVER SPRING, Md., July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Down the street from you, someone with 23 dogs has "rescued" one more. Across the country, a young couple shares their home with 50 felines -- foregoing their three bedrooms to the cats while they sleep on the living room couch. Around the corner, a woman's home is shelter for 28 cats and dogs, a horse, a raccoon, a pig and pond full of fish. These cases and more than 3,500 others reported each year are examples of a condition called animal...

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2010-06-14 09:39:15

Polychaete worms have populated the oceans for millions of years. Today they are the focus of study on cryptic species, which shows that apparently identical animals may be entirely different species. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have now found new worm species in the Kattegat and Skagerrak. Polychaetes belong to a group of segmented worms that display enormous diversity. It turns out that there may be significantly more of these worms than researchers had imagined....

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2010-05-03 14:30:00

Human parents often pay more attention to a few favored children among all of their offspring. It has already been known that birds do it too, and it may result in some baby birds dying in the nests. According to the recent discoveries published in Journal of Avian Biology, the top journal in the field of ornithology, one of our famous garden birds, magpies, also favor some of their nestlings, but in a fairly strange and unique manner. Dr. Sang-im Lee and her colleagues at Seoul National...

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2010-04-19 12:23:07

Researchers at the Sven Lov©n Centre for Marine Sciences at the University of Gothenburg have discovered a brand new species of bacterium found only in the Gullmarsfjord north of Gothenburg. The bacterium has been named Endoxenoturbella lov©nii to honor the newly founded marine research center. Researcher Matthias Obst from the Department of Zoology is one of many marine scientists based at the Sven Lov©n Centre for Marine Sciences, a new institute owned by the University of...

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2010-04-07 13:17:03

Study shows how birds, bats and lizards play their roles in preserving plant species in face of global climate change Add insect-feeding birds, bats and lizards to the front lines of the battle against global climate change. Summarizing the results of more than 100 experiments conducted on four continents, UC Irvine ecologist Kailen A. Mooney and colleagues found that these insect-gobbling animals increase plant growth by reducing the abundance of plant-feeding insects and the damage they do...

2010-03-15 15:59:52

A new combination drug treatment for parasitic intestinal roundworms shows promise in a test on a common laboratory species. Several drugs currently in use or in development control parasitic worms in the same way. That concerns health workers In developing countries where reinfestations often require repeated treatments. If worms develop resistance to one drug, the other treatments would likely fail as well. Raffi Aroian's research group at the University of California, San Diego recently...

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2010-03-12 10:50:00

Birds are beginning to feel the effects of climate change, as some species are experiencing physiological changes and others are facing possible extinction, according to a pair of recent studies. On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar presented findings that suggested that several North American avian species were at risk because of global warming. Among the birds facing the biggest threat are oceanic birds such as the albatross and the puffin, because they tend to produce a...

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2010-01-25 14:25:00

The scientists argue that flight originated above, in the trees; such animals would have been gliders A joint team from the University of Kansas and Northeastern University in China says that it has settled the long-standing question of how bird flight began. In the Jan. 25 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the KU-China researchers push their research into the origins of bird flight and the early evolution of birds with decisive flight tests of a model of the...

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2010-01-15 11:51:04

Microscopic nematode worms can be a potent organic insecticide, killing crop-raiding bugs without harming plants or beneficial insects and without the environmental side effects of chemicals. But when the worms are mass-bred for agricultural purposes, they tend to, as Byron Adams says, "wimp out," and are not as deadly as their cousins that grow in the wild. The Brigham Young University biology professor and his students analyzed the genetic changes in lab-raised worms that make them less...


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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