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New DNA screening reveals whose blood the vampire bat is drinking
Published: Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:28:51 EDT
Description: The vampire bat prefers to feed on domestic animals such as cows and pigs. When it does so, there is a risk of transmission of pathogens. Now, a new study describes a new DNA method to efficiently screen many vampire bat blood meal and fecal samples with a high success rate and thereby determine which animals the vampire bats have fed on blood from.  more...
Bottlenose dolphins recorded for the first time in Canadian Pacific waters
Published: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:38:28 EDT
Description: A large group of common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) have been spotted in Canadian Pacific waters -- the first confirmed occurrence of the species in this area.  more...
Museum researchers rediscover animal not seen in 30 years
Published: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:27:01 EDT
Description: Researchers have rediscovered the San Quintin kangaroo rat (Dipodomys gravipes) in Baja California. The Museum is partnering with Terra and local authorities on a conservation plan for the species, which was last seen in 1986, and was listed as endangered by the Mexican government in 1994. It was held as an example of modern extinction due to agricultural conversion.  more...
Unprecedented wave of large-mammal extinctions linked to prehistoric humans
Published: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:15:36 EDT
Description: Homo sapiens, Neanderthals and other recent human relatives may have begun hunting large mammal species down to size -- by way of extinction -- at least 90,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to a new study. The magnitude and scale of the extinction wave surpassed any other recorded during the last 66 million years, according to the study.  more...
Dogs could be more similar to humans than we thought
Published: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:11:36 EDT
Description: Dog and human gut microbiomes have more similar genes and responses to diet than we previously thought, according to a new study  more...
New ant species from Borneo explodes to defend its colony
Published: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:11:16 EDT
Description: When their colony is threatened by an intruder, workers of a newly discovered species of ant can actually tear their own body apart, in order to release toxins and either kill or hold off the enemy. The new species is the first of the so-called 'exploding ants' to be described since 1935.  more...
Optogenetic study shows that male flies find ejaculation pleasurable
Published: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:07:52 EDT
Description: Researchers show that male fruit flies find sex -- and more specifically ejaculation -- to be an inherently rewarding experience. The study is the first to show that the rewarding nature of ejaculation is conserved among animals, from flies and mammals. It also adds to evidence that manipulating sexual experience in flies affects their interest in consuming alcohol, the researchers say.  more...
Better species mapping can improve conservation efforts
Published: Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:47:32 EDT
Description: The scientific models that ecologists and conservation biologists rely on to determine which species and habitats to protect lack critical information to help them make effective decisions, according to a new study.  more...
Solving a pollinator puzzle
Published: Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:14:10 EDT
Description: Welsh scientists piecing together the giant jigsaw puzzle of plant pollination are a step closer to knowing how it all fits thanks to a new article.  more...
How well does the greater sage grouse habitat protects other species?
Published: Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:13:38 EDT
Description: Protected areas for sage grouse don't necessarily serve the needs of other species that depend on sagebrush habitat, showing that the bird might not be as much of an umbrella species as had been assumed.  more...
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