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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...

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2009-11-11 08:30:00

It sounds like a classic horror story"”eyeless, mouthless worms lurk in the dark, settling onto dead animals and sending out green "roots" to devour their bones. In fact, such worms do exist in the deep sea. They were first discovered in 2002 by researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), who were using a robot submarine to explore Monterey Canyon. But that wasn't the end of the story. After "planting" several dead whales on the seafloor, a team of biologists...

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2009-09-23 09:59:18

In the most computationally intensive phylogenetic analysis to date, an international research team led by Brown University has found the first evolutionary branching for bilateral animals. The researchers determined that the flatworm group Acoelomorpha is a product of the deepest split within the bilateral creatures "” multicelled organisms that, like humans, have symmetrical body forms. Results appear online in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. When it comes to understanding a...

2009-09-22 23:51:21

A 10-foot-long reticulated python was found floating dead Tuesday in a drainage pond in a Florida nature preserve, officials said. John Rivard of Clearwater discovered the snake in the Largo Central Park Nature Preserve during an early morning walk, the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reported. I was a little surprised, he said. It was not something I expected to see out there. Rivard used a stick to fish the snake out of the pond, used for treatment of storm water, and got some photos. Workers...

2009-09-20 05:17:14

Scientists say the African rock python and the Burmese python could mate in the Florida Everglades, producing a vigorous possibly man-eating hybrid. Burmese pythons are known to be breeding in the Everglades National Park and naturalists estimate about 100,000 live in the area. Five rock pythons have been captured or killed near the Everglades recently, ABC News reports. Both species are invaders, most pets released when they got too big. Both can grow to be more than 20 feet long. It's a big...

2009-09-11 13:28:13

Marathon runners are famed for pasta packing in the days before a big run but when tiny passerine birds set out on their epic migrations, the distances are too great to cover on the energy reserves with which they embark. MichaÃ…“š Wojciechowski and Berry Pinshow explain that most birds stop off en route to their destination to refuel. One of the Eurasian blackcaps' preferred refueling stops is Midreshet Ben-Gurion, Israel, where the birds fill up on fruit and insects...

2009-08-22 08:59:10

Licensed hunters will soon have permission to kill pythons and other invasive reptiles in South Florida, but only in season and with approved weapons. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced the new policy Friday, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported. It takes effect Aug. 29. Under the new rules, hunters with licenses for deer, hogs or alligators can kill Burmese pythons or any other listed reptile of concern. The list includes four more python species, the green...

2009-08-21 09:37:26

Luminescent sea worms that eject glowing green blobs have been found off the Oregon coast at depths up to 11,000 feet, scientists said. Oregon is the hotbed for these guys, said co-discoverer Karen J. Osborn, a researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, Calif. Using a remotely operated submarine, Osborn and her team found the worms they dubbed Green Bombers between 5,900 and 11,000 feet below the surface, The Oregonian reported Friday. The worms, formally named Swima...


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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