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2014-08-23 03:00:34

Hannah Johnson, University of Bristol The ancestors of today's crocodiles colonized the seas during warm phases and became extinct during cold phases, according to a new Anglo-French study which establishes a link between marine crocodilian diversity and the evolution of sea temperature over a period of more than 140 million years. The research, led by Dr. Jeremy Martin from the Université de Lyon, France and formerly from the University of Bristol, UK is published this week in Nature...

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

Dartmouth College 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. The findings appear in the journal Evolution & Development. The research team looked at how the major groups of living reptiles, which number more than 20,000 species, are interrelated. The relationships of some reptile groups are well...

2014-02-21 23:25:09

As Austin Aquarium continues to add species to its collection, the rare Sailfin has been acquired. The herpetology staff at the aquarium has special talents in working with animals such as this one, and the animals appreciate it. Austin, TX (PRWEB) February 21, 2014 Austin Aquarium is not all fishy these days. As part of a comprehensive representation of the planet’s animals, Austin Aquarium has hundreds of species of non marine animals – from Lorikeets, Aricaris and Macaws to...

Ancient Crocodile Diversity
2013-09-11 12:31:02

[ Watch the Video: Crocodiles Thrived During Prehistoric Times ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Ancient relatives of crocodiles had a wide range of habitats and ecosystems, with some species built like domestic dogs and others built for swimming through the open seas. Using a combination of morphological and biomechanical metrics to analyze these ancient crocodilians, a new study from researchers at the University of Bristol in the UK identified distinct trends...

Chinese Alligator Genome Sequencing Complete
2013-08-10 05:29:43

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists from Zhejiang University in China and  BGI Shenzhen have completed and analyzed the genomic sequence of the endangered Chinese alligator (Alligator sinensis) – the first published crocodilian genome. The findings, published in Cell Research, provide plausible explanations of how terrestrial reptiles adapt to aquatic environments and temperature-dependent sex determination (TSD). The Chinese alligator is critically...

Nile Crocodiles May Look Tough, But They Can Be Sensitive Too
2013-07-02 14:51:10

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Crocodiles may look tough, but they can also be very sensitive -- particularly when it comes to detecting touch, temperature, or chemicals in their watery environment. Previous research has shown that crocodilians, which includes alligators, gharials and caimans, detect a multitude of information through integumentary sensory organs (ISO) found in their skin and a new study recently published in the journal EvoDevo has revealed how...

Crocodiles Abounded Five Million Years Ago
2013-05-22 09:36:49

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The largest number of crocodile species is currently found in northern South America and Southeast Asia, and as many as six species of alligator and four true crocodiles exist. However, no more than two or three ever live alongside one another at any one time. Approximately nine to five million years ago, however, it was a different story. A total of 14 crocodile species existed, with at least seven of these occupying the same area...

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...

Research Uncovers Deadly Snake Disease
2012-08-14 13:50:37

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A deadly disease outbreak that devastates boa constrictors and pythons has been discovered, which scientists call Inclusion Body Disease (IBD). This disease outbreak among snakes is being investigated by scientists at the Steinhart Aquarium in San Francisco. The team said they may have found a virus that is responsible for this common, but deadly disease, which could ultimately help lead to prevention and treatment options....


Word of the Day
cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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