Animals & Plants

Ring-tailed lemurs

Ring-tailed lemurs: Going, going, gone?

The ring-tailed lemur, an iconic primate that is emblematic of the wild and wonderful creatures inhabiting the tropical island of Madagascar, is in big...
Rufous-headed Robin

Studies of one of the world’s rarest birds, the Rufous-headed Robin

Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing and Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden have put together all known information about the endangered Rufous-headed...
Ghostlike Octopod Casper

Newly discovered ghostlike octopod at risk from deep-sea mining

Last spring, researchers made headlines with the discovery of what was surely a new species of octopod, crawling along the seafloor at a record-breaking...
BPA in Canned Dog Food Causes Changes in Microbiota

Bisphenol A in canned dog food may increase BPA concentrations in pets

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a widely used industrial chemical found in many household items, including resins used to line metal storage containers, such as...
Clownfish adapt for population survival

Clownfish adapt for population survival

One fish species is able to adjust the gender ratio of its population, through changes at the molecular level, in response to changing environmental...
New Prehistoric Bird Species

New prehistoric bird species discovered by scientists

A team of geologists at the University of Rochester has discovered a new species of bird in the Canadian Arctic. At approximately 90 million years...
Ocean temperatures faithfully recorded in mother-of-pearl, nacre

Ocean temperatures faithfully recorded in mother-of-pearl, nacre

Mother-of-pearl or nacre (pronounced nay-ker), the lustrous, tough-as-nails biomineral that lines some seashells, has been shown to be a faithful record of ancient ocean...
rare small-bodied pterosaur

A rare small specimen discovered from the age of flying giants

A rare small-bodied pterosaur, a flying reptile from the Late Cretaceous period approximately 77 million years ago, is the first of its kind to...
baleen whale

New, complex call recorded in Mariana Trench believed to be from baleen whale

A sound in the Mariana Trench notable for its complexity and wide frequency range likely represents the discovery of a new baleen whale call,...
When horses are in trouble they ask humans for help

When horses are in trouble they ask humans for help

Research Fellow Monamie Ringhofer and Associate Professor Shinya Yamamoto have proved that when horses face unsolvable problems they use visual and tactile signals to...