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Florida lizards evolve rapidly, within 15 years and 20 generations

Scientists working on islands in Florida have documented the rapid evolution of a native lizard species—in as little as 15 years—as a result of pressure from an invading lizard species, introduced ...

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Retaining forests where raptors nest can help to protect biodiversity

Raptors can affect the distribution of other species and they can also be used to find forests with high biodiversity value.

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Fish Want to Play Too

Yes, fish. These aquarium lap-swimmers and pursuers of flaked food aren't known for their joie de vivre. Yet in one hobbyist's tanks, scientists say they've captured a rare instance of fish ...

18 hours ago from Discover Magazine

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Unique guano innovation yields information on bat populations

Two Northern Arizona University scientists have created a tool to identify bat species using DNA in guano, a non-invasive method that can aid in preservation of endangered species. Because ...

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Loss of big predators could leave herbivores in a thorny situation

Global declines in carnivore populations could embolden plant eaters to increasingly dine on succulent vegetation, driving losses in plant and tree biodiversity, according to UBC research published ...

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New data about marsh harrier distribution in Europe

The use of ringing recoveries —a conventional method used to study bird migration— in combination with more modern techniques such as species distribution modelling and stable isotope analysis ...

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Wisconsin shuts down three wolf hunting zones, two remain open

Brooks HaysMILWAUKEE, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Officials with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources are closing another wolf hunting zone tonight -- only two of the six original zones remain ...

Mon 20 Oct 14 from UPI

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Study proves biodiversity buffers disease

When a community is biodiverse with many different species, the risk of disease decreases, according to a new study that uses experiments to understand the mechanisms for this pattern, called ...

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Quick-moving toads take the straight and narrow path

Cane toads at the front line of an invasion in Australia have evolved to move in straighter paths than those left behind.

Tue 14 Oct 14 from ScienceNews

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No single explanation for biodiversity in Madagascar

No single "one-size-fits-all" model can explain how biodiversity hotspots come to be, finds a study of more than 700 species of reptiles and amphibians on the African island of Madagascar.

Fri 10 Oct 14 from

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