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Invertebrates rely on cannibalism to survive in severe environments

A study of the comb jelly, an invasive species from America that is often found in new environments such as the Baltic coast, has shown that they cannibalise their young to survive a longer geological range. 

Otters juggle stones when hungry, research shows

Hunger is likely to be the main driver of stone juggling in otters, new research has shown.

How gene flow between species influences the evolution of Darwin’s finches

Despite the traditional view that species do not exchange genes by hybridisation, recent studies show that gene flow between closely related species is more common than previously thought.

Study shows how microorganisms survive in harsh environments

In northern Chile's Atacama Desert, one of the driest places on Earth, microorganisms are able to eke out an existence by extracting water from the rocks they colonize.

Predators help prey adapt to an uncertain future

What effect does extinction of species have on the evolution of surviving species? Evolutionary biologists have investigated this question by conducting a field experiment with a leaf galling fly and its predatory enemies.

Window to another world: Life is bubbling up to seafloor with petroleum from deep below

The COVID-19 pandemic is a stark reminder that we move through a world shaped by unseen life.

Stopping deforestation: lessons from Colombia

A study of deforestation in Colombia by researchers from The University of Queensland has revealed some valuable insights which could be used to help slow deforestation in areas around the globe.

A study places the origin of a group of trees growing in Africa 50 million years ago

In the Eocene, some of the world's most important mountain ranges emerged and large climate changes took place that affected the future of the planet.

New species of moths discovered in the Alps named after three famous alpinists

The discovery of new, still unnamed animal species in a well-researched European region like the Alps is always a small sensation. All the more surprising is the description of a total of three new to science species previously misidentified as long-known alpine moths.

Mata Mata Turtle: A New Species Discovered

Together with an international team, Senckenberg scientist Uwe Fritz described a new species of mata mata turtle based on genetic analyses.

Coronaviruses and bats have been evolving together for millions of years

Bats do a lot of good for the world--they pollinate plants, they eat disease-carrying insects, and they help disperse seeds that help with the regeneration of tropical forest trees.

Online tool helps to protect tropical forests

A new tool maps the threats to the tropical dry forests in Peru and Ecuador.