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April 26, 2021

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First Description of a New Octopus Species Without Using a Scalpel

A biologist brought a new octopus species to light from depths of more than 4,000 meters in the North Pacific Ocean. Researchers have now published the species description and named the animal ...

Climate-Friendly Microbes Chomp Dead Plants Without Releasing Heat-Trapping Methane

Scientists have identified a new phylum of microbes found around the world that appear to be playing an important (and surprising) role in the global ...

Hungry Fruit Flies Are Extreme Ultramarathon Fliers

New research indicates that the common fruit fly can travel tens of kilometers in a single flight when in search of ...

Fossils of 'Giant Cloud Rats' Discovered in Philippine Caves

Scientists have discovered the fossils of three new species of giant cloud rats that lived alongside ancient humans in the Philippines. These fluffy, squirrel-like creatures may have been a source of ...
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蚜虫的防御机制可以成为的确是的dged Sword, Sharpened by the Seasons

Scientists examined the biological variations in pea aphids, insects that reproduce frequently enough to evolve before our eyes, by tracing the prevalence of their protective endosymbiont, ...

Predicting the Next Pandemic Virus Is Harder Than We Think

The observation that most of the viruses that cause human diseases come from other animals has led some researchers to attempt 'zoonotic risk prediction' to second-guess the next virus to ...

SARS-CoV-2 Variants from Minks Evade Inhibition by Antibodies

Immune responses in SARS-CoV-2 patients might provide only incomplete protection against SARS-CoV-2 variants from ...

Stone Age Black Bears Didn't Just Defecate in the Woods They Did It in a Cave Too

Scientists have sequenced ancient DNA from soil for the first time and the advance will transform what is known about everything from evolution to climate change. The findings have been described as ...

Human Land-Use and Climate Change Will Have Significant Impact on Animal Genetic Diversity

Researchers have made the first ever global assessment map of how future climate and land-use change impacts genetic diversity in mammals. The researchers hope the map will assist policy makers in ...

What Does the Study of Domesticated Birds Tell Us About the Evolution of Human Language?

Language is one of the most notable abilities humans have. It allows us to express complex meanings and transmit knowledge from generation to generation. An important question in human biology is how ...

UK Waters Are Home Again to the Bluefin Tuna

Atlantic bluefin tuna have returned to UK waters and can once again be seen during the summer and autumn ...

With fossils few and far between, paleontologists have shied away from estimating the size of extinct populations. But scientists decided to try, focusing on the North American predator T. rex. Using ...

Environmental Protection Could Benefit from 'Micro' as Well as 'Macro' Thinking

Scientists have conducted a study that highlights the importance of studying a full range of organisms when measuring the impact of environmental change - from tiny bacteria, to mighty ...

Forest Elephants Are Now Critically Endangered -- Here's How to Count Them

Scientists compared methodologies to count African forest elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis), which were recently acknowledged by IUCN as a separate, Critically Endangered species from African savannah ...

Confirmed: Island Gigantism and Dwarfism Result of Evolutionary Island Rule

It is an old-standing theory in evolutionary ecology: animal species on islands have the tendency to become either giants or dwarfs in comparison to mainland relatives. Since its formulation in the ...

Snake Species from Different Terrains Surrender Surface Secrets Behind Slithering Success

一些蛇物种在地上爬,while others climb trees, dive through sand or glide across water. Today, scientists report that the surface chemistry of snake scales varies among ...

Blow Flies May Be the Answer to Monitoring the Environment Non-Invasively

A study led by researchers at IUPUI has found that blow flies may be the answer to monitoring environmental change without disturbing local ...

In Pig Brain Development, Nature Beats Nurture

Before humans can benefit from new drug therapies and nutritional additives, scientists test their safety and efficacy in animals, typically mice and rats. But, as much as they've done for ...

Mystery Canine Illness Identified: Animal Coronavirus

An outbreak of vomiting among dogs has been traced back to a type of animal coronavirus by researchers. Vets across the country began reporting cases of acute onset prolific vomiting in ...

Gigantic Flying Pterosaurs Had Spoked Vertebrae to Support Their 'Ridiculously Long' Necks

One of the azhdarchid pterosaur's most notable features for such a large flighted animal was a neck longer than that of a giraffe. Now, researchers report an unexpected discovery: their thin ...

The Chillest Ape: How Humans Evolved a Super-High Cooling Capacity

Researchers have discovered how a uniquely high density of sweat glands evolved in the human genome. Researchers showed that the higher density of sweat glands in humans is due mostly to accumulated ...

Amoeba Biology Reveals Potential Treatment Target for Lung Disease

In a series of experiments that began with amoebas -- single-celled organisms that extend podlike appendages to move around -- scientists say they have identified a genetic pathway that could be ...

Multiple Factors Shape Timing of Birth in Mule Deer

Scientists now challenge the long-held assumption that animals match offspring birth with the peak green-up of forage at the birth ...

Megafauna Extinction Mystery: Size Isn't Everything

The rapid extinction of giant animals including wombat-like creatures as big as cars, birds more than two metres tall, and lizards more than seven metres long that once roamed the Australian ...

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