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Dinosaur Claws Were Used For More Than Just Ripping Flesh: Study
2014-05-07 12:08:20

The claws of Tyrannosaurus rex and Velociraptor are probably best known for ripping through the flesh of hapless prey, but a new study has found that this family of dinosaurs, known as Theropods, probably used its claws for a variety of purposes.

Evolution Of Smaller Dinosaurs Helped Their Lineage Survive As Birds
2014-05-07 09:53:08

While dinosaurs may have disappeared from the face of the Earth, their lineage has survived in the form of birds and new research has found that both dinosaurs and birds evolved into smaller and smaller sizes – potentially contributing to their success.

Dartmouth-led Study May Resolve Evolutionary Debate Of Turtles
2014-05-06 03:59:54

Turtles are more closely related to birds and crocodilians than to lizards and snakes, according to a study from Dartmouth, Yale and other institutions that examines one of the most contentious questions in evolutionary biology.

2014-05-05 23:02:10

Large Loggerhead Huntington Ready to Return to the Deep Blue Sea CHARLESTON, S.C.

Important Migratory Corridor For Endangered Flatback Sea Turtle Off North-west Australia
2014-04-28 03:23:03

The value of Australia's newly established network of marine parks has been highlighted by an international project that used satellites to track the vulnerable flatback sea turtle.

Int'l Research Team Names Most Primitive Species Of Flying Reptile
2014-04-24 14:57:10

Pterosaurs, an order of winged reptiles that were the earliest reptiles to evolve powered flight and had gone on to become the largest known flying creatures to have ever existed, are at the center of a new fossil study from a team of international researchers.

Large Decrease In Green Turtle Catch Rates: Study
2014-04-17 14:13:47

A 20-year assessment of Nicaragua's legal, artisanal green sea turtle fishery has uncovered a stark reality: greatly reduced overall catch rates of turtles in what may have become an unsustainable take, according to conservation scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and University of Florida.

Alligator Snapping Turtles At Risk
2014-04-14 10:52:18

A new study published in the journal Zootaxa reveals that the alligator snapping turtle is actually three different species – not one as previously thought.

2014-04-02 23:00:49

Loggerheads Miss Royal and Nud Fully Recover at the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Hospital Charleston, SC (PRWEB) April 02, 2014 After almost 10

2014-03-26 23:01:16

A University of Maryland-led team of biologists shows that alligators can keenly detect the direction of sounds because of large, air-filled channels connecting the two middle ears.


Latest Herpetology Reference Libraries

Diablito, Oophaga Sylvatica
2014-11-18 13:51:52

The Diablito, Oophaga Sylvatica, is a species of frog belonging to the Dendrobatidae family. It’s located in Colombia and Ecuador. The natural habitat is tropical and subtropical moist lowland forests. It’s threatened by habitat loss. It is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List although this species is still relatively widely distributed. It has declined seriously within Ecuador and its overall status is of concern. It is about 0.5 to 0. Inches long and weighs about 1 to...

Wood Frog, Rana sylvatica
2014-11-18 13:48:48

The Wood Frog (Rana sylvatica) has a broad distribution over North America, stretching from the southern Appalachians to the boreal forest with several notable disjunct populations including lowland eastern North Carolina. This frog has garnered attention by biologist over the last century due to its freeze tolerance, relatively great degree of terrestrialism, interesting habitat associations, and relatively long-range movements. The wood frog is the state amphibian of New York. Similar to...

Common Frog, Rana temporaria
2014-11-18 12:09:00

The Common Frog (Rana temporaria), known also as the European Common Frog or the European Common Brown Frog, is located throughout much of Europe as far north as well north of the Arctic Circle in Scandinavia and as far east as the Urals, except for the majority of Iberia, southern Italy, and the southern Balkans. The farthest west it can be found is Ireland, where it has long been considered erroneously to be an entirely introduced species. These frogs measure about 2.4 to 3.5 inches and...

Pickerel Frog, Rana palustris
2014-11-18 11:25:03

The Pickerel Frog (Rana palustris) is a North American frog of small size, characterized by the appearance of seemingly “hand-drawn” squares on its dorsal surface. These rectangular spots of the pickerel frog may blend together to create a long rectangle along the back. All Leopard Frogs have circular shaped spots. Additionally, pickerel frogs have prominent dorsolateral ridges that are unbroken. Another significant distinguishing mark is the orange or yellow flash pattern found on the...

Columbia Spotted Frog, Rana luteiventris
2014-11-05 12:27:54

The Columbia Spotted Frog (Rana luteiventris) is a North American species of frog. It’s green to brown in coloration with spots on the dorsal surface. The belly and the upper lip are white. Individuals can be distinguished from other Rana species by their shorter back legs, upturned eyes, and narrow snout. Since they spend the majority of their time within the water, they also have more webbing in their hind feet than similar species. Although they are not threatened, the animal has been...

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Word of the Day
honeyguide
  • Any of various tropical Old World birds of the family Indicatoridae, some species of which lead people or animals to the nests of wild honeybees. The birds eat the wax and larvae that remain after the nest has been destroyed for its honey.
Honeyguide birds have even been known to eat candles.