Ecology

Female Hula painted frog (Discoglossus nigriventer).

‘Living fossil’ extinct frogs found alive

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

The first amphibian to have been declared extinct by the world’s conservation watchdog has been named a ‘living fossil’ after it was rediscovered alive and well in northern Israel.

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Geoducks

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

One of the longest-living animals, which is also the world’s biggest clam, could have important stories to tell about Earth’s climate history.

Why do venomous animals live in warm climates

Why do venomous animals live in warm climates?

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Veritasium asks Why do venomous animals live in warm climates?

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Pesticides killing amphibians: study

Thursday, 24 January 2013

A drop in the world’s population of frogs and toads may be blamed, at least in part, on farm pesticides, researchers in Germany said.

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Penguin head-cam captures bird’s eye view of hunt

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Miniature cameras attached to a penguin’s head have given Japanese scientists a bird’s eye view of the creature’s incredible underwater hunting skills.

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Extreme weather synchronises Arctic populations

Friday, 18 January 2013

Extreme weather events can put the birth and mortality rates of four different Arctic species – reindeer, rock ptarmigan, sibling vole and Arctic fox – in sync with each other, according to new research.

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Ancient critter could be the grandfather of shellfish

Friday, 18 January 2013

A weird marine creature that lived 500 million years ago at a time of explosive growth in Earth’s biodiversity could be a forerunner of worms and molluscs, a study says.

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‘Killer walrus’ theory debunked

Thursday, 17 January 2013

A 16-million-year-old fossil has cast doubt on claims from the 1980s of an extinct ‘killer walrus’ species adapted to feed on ‘large, struggling prey’.

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‘Supergene’ explains red fire ant society

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

The complex social structure of the red fire ant, a fast-spreading invasive insect with a painful bite, is made possible by a DNA fusion known as a supergene, biologists say.

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