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Hope for fighting disease known as Ebola of frogs

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 16:20:31 EST ~ Despite widespread infection, some frog populations are surviving a deadly disease that is the equivalent of humankind's Ebola virus. The reason -- genetic diversity. Find out more...

'Seeing' tails help sea snakes avoid predators

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:23:48 EST ~ New research has revealed the fascinating adaptation of some Australian sea snakes that helps protect their vulnerable paddle-shaped tails from predators. Find out more...

Delays in banning wildlife trade put hundreds of species at risk

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 15:31:23 EST ~ From parrots to lizards, hundreds of animal species could be at risk of extinction because of a policy process that responds slowly to scientific knowledge, according to a new study. Find out more...

Orangutans make complex economic decisions about tool use

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 10:00:31 EST ~ Flexible tool use is closely associated to higher mental processes such as the ability to plan actions. Now a group of cognitive biologists and comparative psychologists found out that the apes carefully weighed their options. To do so the apes considered the details such as differences in quality between the two food rewards and the functionality of the available tools in order to obtain a high quality food reward. Find out more...

Scientists look to past to help identify fish threatened with local extinction

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 14:27:18 EST ~ Marine scientists have developed a methodology to assess fish stocks that combines new data with archeological and historical records - some dating back to the 8th Century AD. Find out more...

Newly discovered turtle species is facing extinction

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 09:08:09 EST ~ A new species in the family of Softshell Turtles is described from Northern Vietnam and China by a Hungarian-Vietnamese-German team of researchers. The newly discovered reptile has a distinctly blotched shell and is so critically endangered that it is close to extinction. Find out more...

Uncovering the evolution of the brain

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 19:08:36 EST ~ What makes us human, and where does this mysterious property of 'humanness' come from? Humans are genetically similar to chimpanzees and bonobos, yet there exist obvious behavioral and cognitive differences. Now, researchers have developed a strategy to more easily study the early development of human neurons compared with the neurons of nonhuman primates. Find out more...

New deep sea animal discoveries warrant expanded protections in Costa Rican waters

Mon, 11 Feb 2019 18:29:01 EST ~ Scientists surveyed deep-sea seamounts outside Isla del Coco UNESCO World Heritage site revealing coral communities with surprising diversity. Find out more...

Modern mahouts taking care of elephants in Myanmar are younger and less experienced

Mon, 11 Feb 2019 11:42:09 EST ~ Traditional elephant handling worldwide is rapidly changing. Researchers discovered that mahouts in Myanmar are only 22 years old on average, with an average experience of three years working with elephants, and they are changing elephants yearly preventing the development of long-term bonds between elephants and mahouts. These shifts contrast the traditional elephant-keeping system of skills being accumulated over a lifetime of working with the same elephant before being taught to the younger generation. Find out more...

Climate change may destroy tiger's home

Mon, 11 Feb 2019 10:54:00 EST ~ A scientist says the last coastal stronghold of an iconic predator, the endangered Bengal tiger, could be destroyed by climate change and rising sea levels over the next 50 years. Find out more...