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2010-10-08 18:00:00

The "turtle and dugong capital of the world", the northern Great Barrier Reef (GBR) and Torres Strait region, faces increased pressure under climate change from human actions such  as fishing, hunting, onshore development and pollution. "Depletion of turtle and dugong numbers increases their vulnerability to other threats and lowers their ability to cope with climate change," Dr Mariana Fuentes of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and James Cook University told the...

2008-10-21 15:00:16

Genetic tests conducted by U.S. and Australian scientists have found all sea turtles are related, even carnivorous and herbivorous turtles. The new genetic research was led by Eugenia Naro-Maciel, a marine biodiversity scientist at the American Museum of Natural History. Naro-Maciel and colleagues used five nuclear DNA markers and two mitochondrial markers to test the evolutionary relationships of all species of marine turtles -- leatherback, flatback, green, hawksbill, loggerhead, Kemp's...

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2008-10-16 09:55:00

New research from the American Museum of Natural History shows that specialized diets arose independently It's confirmed: Even though flatback turtles dine on fish, shrimp, and mollusks, they are closely related to primarily herbivorous green sea turtles. New genetic research carried out by Eugenia Naro-Maciel, a Marine Biodiversity Scientist at the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History, and colleagues clarifies our understanding of the...


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