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First Evidence of Snake-Like Venom Glands Found in Amphibians

Caecilians are limbless amphibians that, to the untrained eye, can be easily mistaken for snakes.

Sledge Dogs Closely Related to 9,500-Year-Old ‘Ancient Dog’

A new study on the origins of the sledge dog by the University of Copenhagen suggests they adapted to the Artic much earlier than previously thought.

New UD study shows that tropical forest loss is increased by large-scale land acquisitions

In recent years, there has been a rise in foreign and domestic large-scale land acquisitions--defined as being at least roughly one square mile--in Latin America, Asia, and Africa where investing countries and multinational investors take out long-term contracts to use the land for various enterprises.

Human activity threatens 50 billion years of vertebrate evolutionary history

A new study maps for the first time the evolutionary history of the world's terrestrial vertebrates: amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles.

On the hunt for megafauna in North America

Research from Curtin University has found that pre-historic climate change does not explain the extinction of megafauna in North America at the end of the last Ice Age.

Gene found that causes eyes to wither in cavefish

Mexican cavefish spend their entire lives in the dark. With no need for vision, many of them lost functional eyes.

Taking a deep look into animals

Advances in neuroscience research and microscopy: a collaborative project driven by researchers of the Max Perutz Labs Vienna, a joint venture of the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna, and the TU Wien (Vienna) allows researchers to look deep into organs and nervous systems of animals, ranging from squids and worms to fish and salamanders.

Warming climate is changing where birds breed

Spring is in full swing. Trees are leafing out, flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing, and birds are singing. But a recent study published in Proceedings...

Researchers uncover the arks of genetic diversity in terrestrial mammals

Maximizing the protection of life on Earth requires knowledge of the global patterns of biodiversity at multiple dimensions, from genetic diversity within species, to species and ecosystem diversity.

Research into Algal genome reveals new understanding of first land plants 

Researchers from Cornell University have studied the genome of a single-celled alga that belongs to the closest lineage to terrestrial plants and provides many clues to how aquatic plants first colonized land.

Oceanographic conditions influence the origin of new species of sharks and rays

Scientists used to think that the processes that drive the evolution of a new species were geographic separation or spatial barriers.

New study reveals how birds adapted for long distance flight

New research by the University of Bristol has revealed how birds adapted for long-distance flight which is linked to their environment and behaviour.