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2014-05-26 10:50:10

A team of Belgian biologists led by researchers at KU Leuven has provided the first genetic evidence that rapid evolution can help non-native plant species spread in new environments.

Researchers Remap The Epic Evolution Of A 'Ring Species'
2014-05-26 03:58:52

The Greenish Warbler, long considered an idealized example of a single species that diverged into two as it expanded its range, has a much more checkered family history than biologists previously realized.

diamondback terrapin
2014-05-06 07:53:16

The diamondback terrapin is known for the diverse patterns intricately grooved into its shell. This pattern makes the turtle instantly recognizable, however it does not solve the problem of conservation for these coastal animals.

Atelopus varius
2014-04-18 06:29:37

Researchers are advocating changes to the way in which threatened species are identified, due to the potential danger presented to vulnerable animal populations by the so-called “gold standard” of collecting voucher specimens for identification purposes.

Genetic Distinctness To Guide Global Bird Conservation
2014-04-11 12:08:15

In the midst of today's global extinction crisis, decisions about conservation should include prioritizing how best to preserve as much of the tree of life as possible.

Deciding How Many Species You Have
2014-04-03 10:41:29

It is often difficult to decide whether two animals belong to the same or two distinct species. This can be especially challenging for animals which externally look very similar.

Scientists Identify Factors Limiting Hybridization Of Closely-related Woodrat Species
2014-03-31 08:41:24

A pair of new studies from the Wildlife Conservation Society, Idaho State University, and the University of Nevada Reno look at the surprising variety of factors that prevent two closely related species of woodrats from becoming a single hybrid species despite the existence of hybrid individuals where the two species come into contact.

Taxonomy Boris Vinatzer
2014-02-24 04:45:12

A new naming system proposed by one Virginia Tech scientist proposes moving beyond the current biological naming system and supplementing it with a new classification method based on an organism’s genome sequence.

Ocean Acidification Long Term Research
2014-01-28 13:43:59

More long-term research is necessary for an accurate determination of how marine species will cope with increasing ocean acidification, according to new research.

Our View On How Nature Is Structured Changed By DNA Barcodes
2014-01-21 14:11:58

To understand how feeding interactions are structured, researchers from Finland and Canada chose to focus on one of the simplest food webs on Earth: the moths and butterflies of Northeast Greenland, as attacked by their specialist enemies, parasitic wasps and flies developing on their prey (called host), killing it in the process.


Latest Species Reference Libraries

Paleozoology
2013-09-30 13:34:57

Paleozoology, also spelled Palaeozoology, is a branch of many other sciences including zoology and paleontology that focuses on recovering cellular matter from animal remains that are large enough to be seen without the help of a microscope, known as macrofossils. This study is primarily used in the context of archeology and geology and aids in recreating ancient ecosystems and prehistoric environments. Paleozoologists study the tissues of many types of animals including sharks, echinoderms,...

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2007-06-24 20:15:53

The Three-Spined Stickleback, Gasterosteus aculeatus, is a fish native to much of northern Europe, northern Asia and North America. It has been introduced into parts of southern and central Europe. Three subspecies that are currently recognized by the IUCN are Gasterosteus aculeatus aculeatus, which is found in most of the species range, and is the subspecies most strictly termed the Three-Spined Stickleback; its common name in England is the Tiddler, although "tittlebat" is also sometimes...

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