Category: Biodiversity

Trilobites: Rapid Evolution Saved This Fish From Pollution, Study Says

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Why were prehistoric insects so huge?

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Do you complain about dead bugs on your windshield? Then be thankful that insects today are smaller than their prehistoric ancestors.

World’s highest plants discovered growing 6km above sea level

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Coin-sized pioneers are the highest vascular plants ever found, living at more than 6100 metres above sea level on India’s dizzying Himalayan peaks

Seasonal wetlands face uncertain future

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Ephemeral wetlands are poorly understood habitats and are being lost to future generations as a result of poor land-use practices, warn scientists.

Genetically Modified Bacteria Conduct Electricity, Ushering in New Era of Green Electronics

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Soil bacteria modified to conduct 2000 times as much electricity as that in untreated dirt

Piranhas with human-like teeth in Michigan fuel concern over invasive fish

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The large, South American tropical fish were probably illegally dumped in the Great Lakes by pet-owners who no longer wanted to keep them in aquariums

Dinosaur-surviving mammal endangered by stray dogs

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Research shows the solenodon evolved more than 70 million years ago – in time to hang out with dinosaurs. But today these unique mammals face a barrage of threats including stray dogs, feral cats, invasive mongoose and deforestation.

Managing an endangered river across the US–Mexico border

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A new IIASA study shows how improving communication and involvement could bring consensus solutions for the embattled Rio Grande/Bravo, which is shared between the USA and Mexico.

Pathogenic bacteria hitchhiking on tiny plastic particles to North and Baltic Seas?

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With increasing water temperatures comes an increasing likelihood of potentially pathogenic bacteria appearing in the North and Baltic Seas. Scientists have now demonstrated that a group of such bacteria known as vibrios can survive on microplastic particles.

Hunting for Mars-like life a kilometre below Earth’s surface

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Kate Ravilious takes an 8-minute lift ride to an underground lab in Yorkshire, UK, doing research that could help NASA’s Mars 2020 rover mission find life