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Beaks Were Functionally Important In Protecting Dinosaur Skulls
2013-12-03 08:20:52

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One typical hallmark of modern birds that comes in a huge variety of shapes and sizes is the beak. While this is common knowledge, it is less well known that during the Cretaceous Period keratin-covered beaks had already evolved in different groups of dinosaurs. A international team of scientists, composed of Dr Stephan Lautenschlager and Dr Emily Rayfield of the University of Bristol with Dr Perle Altangerel of the National...

Research Shows Forty Percent Of Post-released Marine Turtles Die
2013-11-26 10:59:20

Universitat de Barcelona When a marine turtle is incidentally by-caught by a longliner, fishermen try to cut the line —without hauling it on board— and release the turtle into the sea. However, research published in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series alerts that about 40% of post-released turtles die some months later due to the impact of longline fishing. The study is signed by experts Lluís Cardona and Irene Álvarez de Quevedo, from the Department of Animal Biology and the...

King Of Gore: Super Predator Cousin Of T. Rex Found In Utah
2013-11-07 14:47:55

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online You may have noticed your local paleontologist has had an extra bounce in his step this week. That might have something to do with a monumental find of a new super-predator dinosaur in the Wahweap Formation within the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in south-central Utah. Known as Lythronax argestes, this super predator lived 80 million years ago and is a distant, older cousin to the larger Tyrannosaurus rex. Measuring...

Snake Eyes: Threats Cause Change In Blood Flow To The Eyes In Snakes
2013-11-05 04:13:07

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Snakes can optimize their vision when they perceive a threat by controlling the blood flow to their eyes, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo. The coachwhip snake's visual blood flow patterns change depending on what is in its environment, according to Kevin van Doorn, PhD, from the School of Optometry & Vision Science, and Professor Jacob Sivak, from the Faculty of  Science. “Each species' perception...

2013-10-31 10:38:41

When Kevin van Doorn found himself setting up an experiment to investigate how snakes' eyes are able to focus at the beginning of his PhD in Jacob Sivak's lab at the University of Waterloo, Canada, he noticed something rather unusual: the bright light beam from the equipment lit up the eye from behind and revealed an array of tiny blood vessels branching their way across the transparent skin covering the snake's eye. This see-through skin, called the spectacle, is found in all snakes and is...

Studying The Science Behind Bullfrog Jumping Abilities
2013-10-17 11:01:22

[ Watch the Video: Getting Bullfrogs To Jump For Science ] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Physically speaking, bullfrogs should be able to cover more distance in a single hop then they often do. Scientists have observed such amphibians clearing about four feet per jump, but rarely more than this, while other frog species can travel at more than seven feet per hop. Yet frog jumping contests, such as the world famous Calaveras County Jumping Frog Jubilee, have...

2013-10-09 23:03:12

Loggerhead Treated at the Sea Turtle Hospital Ready for Release Charleston, SC (PRWEB) October 09, 2013 A juvenile loggerhead sea turtle treated by the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program, will be released this Thursday, October 10, 2013 at the Folly Beach County Park. The public is invited to come say goodbye to “Pluff” at 4:30 p.m. The release is being held in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) and the Charleston County Parks...

Turtles Forced Out Of Habitat By CLimate Change
2013-10-09 14:32:38

[ Watch the Video: North American Turtles Face Shrinking Habitats ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As climate change progresses, it threatens to push species out of their current habitats and into unfamiliar territories. According to a new research review in the journal PLOS ONE, turtle populations face an uncertain future and could be stressed or severely threatened by climate change-induced displacement. In the study, researchers looked at 59 species of North...

2013-09-27 23:00:39

Charleston Day School students raise more than $10,000 through Read-a-thon. (PRWEB) September 27, 2013 Thirty-two third graders from Charleston Day School raised their voices together as they read aloud the mock check for $10,195.38 to support the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program. The gift, presented on Friday September 27, 2013, represents the largest one-time donation from a school and will provide food to turtle patients in the Aquarium’s care for one full year....

Oldest Lizard Fossil Found
2013-09-25 12:21:00

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international team of researchers has discovered the oldest known lizard-like fossil near Vellberg, Germany. The find offers new insights into the evolution of reptiles including lizards, snakes and tuatara, according to a newly published report in BMC Evolutionary Biology. The ancient reptile’s fossilized jaws indicate that these reptiles were alive during the Middle Triassic period some 240 million years ago. “The Middle...


Latest Herpetology Reference Libraries

Mole Salamander, Ambystoma talpoideum
2014-02-06 08:52:19

The Mole salamander (Ambystoma talpoideum) is a member of the Ambystomatidae family and may also be referred to as the tadpole salamander. Commonly found in eastern and central United States, the Mole Salamander ranges from Florida to Texas, Illinois to Kentucky and Virginia. The Mole salamander inhabits damp areas that are generally close to a water source. Commonly found under logs or moist leaves the Mole salamander dwells in forested and sandy pine habitats. The Mole salamander will...

Coastal giant salamander, Dicamptodon tenebrosus
2014-02-04 09:37:14

The Coastal giant salamander (Dicamptodon tenebrosus) is a member of the Dicamptodontidae family. The species is native to the United States and Canada. The Coastal giant salamander ranges from northern California to Oregon and Washington and throughout parts of south British Columbia. The Coastal giant salamander inhabits freshwater lakes, marshes and rivers. The species may also be found in temperate deciduous forests. A nocturnal species, the Coastal giant salamander may or may not go...

California giant salamander, Dicamptodon ensatus
2014-02-04 09:07:49

The California giant salamander (Dicamptodon ensatus) is a member of the Dicamptodontidae family. The species is native only to northern California. The California giant salamander inhabits moist, coastal forests or streams, lakes and ponds. Some of the species may remain gilled aquatic creatures, while others transform and become terrestrial land creatures. The California giant is nocturnal and most of its life is spent hiding and burrowing. Typically, the California giant salamander...

Barred tiger salamander, Ambystoma mavortium
2014-02-03 09:13:58

The Barred tiger salamander (Ambystoma mavortium) is also referred to as the Western tiger salamander. It’s a type of Mole salamander and a member of the Ambystomatidae family. This species ranges vastly from southwestern Canada in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, south through the western United States to Texas and into northern Mexico. Habitats often include forested or prairie areas near to a water source. The common name, Barred tiger salamander, is derived from...

The Axolotl, Ambystoma mexicanum
2014-02-03 08:59:54

Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum) may also be referred to as the Mexican salamander or the Mexican walking fish. The Axolotl is a member of the Ambystomatidae family and although its common name may suggest it is a fish, it is an amphibian. Axolotl are found exclusively in Mexico. The species situates, near Mexico City, on the bottom of Xochimilco’s lakes. Unlike most salamanders, Axolotl keep its larval features throughout its entire life and very rarely ever emerge from water. A condition...

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