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Two New Alligator Snapping Turtle Species Announced Some

Two New Alligator Snapping Turtle Species Announced, Some Face Localized Risks

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study published in the journal Zootaxa reveals that the alligator snapping turtle is actually three different species – not one as previously thought. The report also indicated that...

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First Schaus Female Found In A Year Raises Hope For Revival Of Species
2013-06-03 20:14:14

University of Florida The fate of a species may rest upon a single butterfly captured in late May by University of Florida lepidopterists. A UF research technician netted a female Schaus swallowtail in Biscayne National Park on Elliott Key, the first capture of a female since a multi-agency work group got a permit to do so last year. The Schaus population has declined so much that last year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) issued UF an emergency permit to collect eggs....

Alligator Relative Traveled Across Ancient Land Bridge
2013-03-05 05:33:03

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Isthmus of Panama uplifted 2.6 million years ago to form a land bridge connecting North and South America. This bridge has long been thought to be the crucial step in the interchange of animals between the Americas. Armadillos and giant sloths moved up into North America and ancient relatives of modern horses, rabbits, foxes, pigs, cats, dogs and elephants moved down into South America. A new study from the University of Florida...

Lepidoptera Species Found In Jamaica
2012-12-04 08:13:18

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A study describing a new species of Lepidoptera found in Jamaica's last remaining wilderness was recently published in the journal Tropical Lepidoptera Research by a team of scientists from the University of Florida. The new species belongs to the skipper family of butterflies. This is the first new butterfly discovered in Jamaica since 1995 and scientists hope that the native butterfly will encourage conservation of the Cockpit...

Guantanamo Bay Has Surprising Biodiversity
2012-09-07 11:04:57

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the first study of butterflies and moths on the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, University of Florida scientists have discovered a vast biodiversity in an area previously unknown to researchers. The study, which appears in the Bulletin of the Allyn Museum, creates a baseline for understanding how different plant and animal species have spread throughout the Caribbean. “Biodiversity studies are extremely important because...

2012-08-13 15:39:23

University of Florida researchers curating a 17-foot-7-inch Burmese python, the largest found in Florida, discovered 87 eggs in the snake, also a state record. Scientists at the Florida Museum of Natural History on the UF campus examined the internal anatomy of the 164.5-pound snake Friday. The animal was brought to the Florida Museum from Everglades National Park as part of a long-term project with the U.S. Department of the Interior to research methods for managing the state´s...

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2012-05-05 07:24:36

An analysis of skeletal remains has provided new evidence that humans made it to the Western Hemisphere during the last ice age, where they lived alongside giant, now-extinct mammals, claims a new study published online Thursday in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. University of Florida researchers used rare earth element analysis in order to measure the concentration of naturally occurring metals absorbed during fossilization in human and mammal remains discovered in south Florida...

2012-04-30 19:50:19

University of Florida lepidopterist Andrei Sourakov has spent his life´s work studying moths and butterflies. But it was his teenage daughter, Alexandra, who led research on how color impacts butterflies´ feeding patterns. The research shows different species exhibit unique foraging behaviors, and the study may be used to build more effective, species-specific synthetic lures for understanding pollinators, insects on which humans depend for sustaining many crops. In a study...

Ancient Camels From Panama Canal Excavation Named
2012-03-01 05:03:30

The discovery of two new extinct camel species by University of Florida scientists sheds new light on the history of the tropics, a region containing more than half the world's biodiversity and some of its most important ecosystems. Appearing online this week in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, the study is the first published description of a fossil mammal discovered as part of an international project in Panama. Funded with a grant from the National Science Foundation, UF...

Climate Change Drove Shrinkage In Ancient Horse
2012-02-24 05:39:51

The ancient sifrhippus, the earliest known horse, lived around 50 million years ago. It was very distinct in its appearance because it was only about the size of a modern day house cat, weighing in around 12 pounds. The horse lived in what is known as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), a 175,000 year period where the Earth's atmospheric temperature rose by about 10 degrees Fahrenheit, caused by a great release of carbon into the atmosphere and oceans. In response to the...

2011 Shark Attacks Remain Steady, Deaths Highest Since 1993
2012-02-08 05:13:22

[ Watch the Video ] Shark attacks in the U.S. declined in 2011, but worldwide fatalities reached a two-decade high, according to the University of Florida´s International Shark Attack File report released Tuesday. While the U.S. and Florida saw a five-year downturn in the number of reported unprovoked attacks, the 12 fatalities – which all occurred outside the U.S. – may show tourists are venturing to more remote places, said ichthyologist George Burgess, director of...