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Soft-bodied giants roamed oceans longer than thought

Soft-bodied giants roamed oceans longer than thought

Posted Wed, 25 May 2011 17:00:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

A paper in Nature today shows that anomalocaridids, giant predatory sea-creatures, survived 30 million years longer than was previously believed. The conclusion comes from the study of beautifully preserved soft-bodied fossils, found in Moroccan rocks, from the Ordovician period.

Soft-bodied giants roamed oceans longer than thought

Deadly tornado rips through Joplin, Missouri

Deadly tornado rips through Joplin, Missouri

Posted Tue, 24 May 2011 21:11:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Hundreds feared dead, many injured. At least 118 people are dead and hundreds injured after a tornado hit the small city of Joplin, Missouri, on Sunday. With around 1,500 people still unaccounted for, the death toll is expected to rise as rescuers battle severe weather conditions to search through the wreckage.

Deadly tornado rips through Joplin, Missouri

Icelandic volcano threatens travel plans - Update

Icelandic volcano threatens travel plans - Update

Posted Tue, 24 May 2011 12:12:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

For the second summer an eruption in Iceland is causing travel disruption as the island's most active volcano releases a massive ash cloud into the atmosphere. On Saturday, 21 May Grimsvotn, Iceland's most active volcano, started to erupt sending ash plumes seven miles into the sky, rising to a peak altitude of 12 miles. Yesterday (May 23) 2,000 tonnes of ash a second were coming out of the crater, with 120 million tonnes released in the first 48 hours

Icelandic volcano threatens travel plans - Update

Celebrating Turtles: World Turtle Day 2011

Celebrating Turtles: World Turtle Day 2011

Posted Mon, 23 May 2011 19:23:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Celebrating turtles! Sponsored by American Tortoise Rescue since 2000, World Turtle Day 2011 aims to increase our knowledge of, and respect for, turtles and tortoises. It also aims to encourage human actions to help turtles and tortoises survive and thrive.

Celebrating Turtles: World Turtle Day 2011

Hopes up for species survival

Hopes up for species survival

Posted Mon, 23 May 2011 02:54:01 GMT by Gracie Valena

Two recent researches find that species extinction, while still very real, may not be as bad as it's been thought, calculated, and reported to be. A report in the May 19th issue of 'Nature' says that calculations used for determining extinction rates have been flawed, resulting in overestimation that can be greater than 160 percent.

Hopes up for species survival

'Slow quakes' finish off with a quick backwards flip

'Slow quakes' finish off with a quick backwards flip

Posted Sun, 22 May 2011 17:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

A team from University of Washington has discovered that so-called 'slow quakes' which often last for weeks, are topped off with a rapid backwards travelling quake. The results are published today in Nature Geoscience, as part of a 6-year study into these slow cousins of the more destructive earthquakes that have so recently made the news headlines.

'Slow quakes' finish off with a quick backwards flip

Work with 'The Big Muddys' rhythms says LSU scientist

Work with 'The Big Muddys' rhythms says LSU scientist

Posted Fri, 20 May 2011 21:22:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

With the Mississippi flood surge reaching the lower Louisiana coast, a Louisiana State University professor is calling for a more intelligent flood management system to harvest its resources. Much of the river's sediment and floodwater could be put to better use, if a suitably designed diversion system could be made to work - with flood protection needs uppermost in mind.

Work with 'The Big Muddys' rhythms says LSU scientist

Bison Hazing by Helicopter Sparks Lawsuit

Bison Hazing by Helicopter Sparks Lawsuit

Posted Thu, 19 May 2011 14:33:01 GMT by Melanie J. Martin

A plan to haze bison could seriously affect grizzlies in the Yellowstone area, an environmental group believes. The Alliance for the Wild Rockies filed the lawsuit against the Forest Service on Wednesday, March 18, in a federal court in Missoula, Montana.

Bison Hazing by Helicopter Sparks Lawsuit

Remarkable rodent rediscovered after 113 years

Remarkable rodent rediscovered after 113 years

Posted Thu, 19 May 2011 13:51:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

A creature once thought extinct has been rediscovered in Colombia. Where would you expect to see a species last seen in 1898? Deepest jungle? At the bottom of the ocean? How about on your doorstep? The red-crested tree-rat, a little known guinea-pig sized rodent, casually appeared

Remarkable rodent rediscovered after 113 years

Large carnivorous Hawaiian crab driven to extinction by first arrivals

Large carnivorous Hawaiian crab driven to extinction by first arrivals

Posted Mon, 16 May 2011 21:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

A new species of large, land-based, carnivorous crabs has been described in toady's PloS ONE - found all over the Hawaiian Islands. The catch is that they have been extinct for a thousand years - tipped into an early demise by newly arrived Polynesian colonists.

Large carnivorous Hawaiian crab driven to extinction by first arrivals

Climate Change Affects Animal Distribution

Climate Change Affects Animal Distribution

Posted Sun, 15 May 2011 13:25:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

A research group from Brown University have discovered that rainfall distribution affected the chosen habitat of mammals over 200 million years ago. A team of scientists at Brown University have established that early mammals confined themselves to one area of the continent while early reptiles known as procolophonids lived in another section.

Climate Change Affects Animal Distribution

Sperm whales speak with regional accents

Sperm whales speak with regional accents

Posted Sat, 14 May 2011 09:11:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

Latest research suggests that sperm whales communicate with different accents and regional dialects. Sperm whales communicate with each other using a pattern of clicks or 'codas' and it is well known that there is a pattern of a series of five clicks, which are evenly spaced apart, that is used by sperm whales all over the world.

Sperm whales speak with regional accents

Earthquake strikes Spain, killing at least eight people

Earthquake strikes Spain, killing at least eight people

Posted Thu, 12 May 2011 20:05:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Hundreds injured, thousands homeless. At least eight people have died and 260 are injured after Spain's worst earthquake in 50 years. A magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck the southern Spanish town of Lorca on Wednesday evening, just two hours after a magnitude 4.5 tremor.

Earthquake strikes Spain, killing at least eight people

Lone Male Black Bears Responsible for Most Attacks on Humans

Lone Male Black Bears Responsible for Most Attacks on Humans

Posted Wed, 11 May 2011 16:29:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

Predatory male black bears are responsible for more deaths than female bears. An article in the Journal of Wildlife Management reports that the majority of fatal bear attacks on people are carried out by lone male black bears. Perhaps more significantly, the report also suggests that these attacks are on the increase.

Lone Male Black Bears Responsible for Most Attacks on Humans

2011 State of Birds Report

2011 State of Birds Report

Posted Wed, 11 May 2011 13:00:00 GMT by Brooke Janssens

''This year's report brings attention to the importance of public lands and waters for conserving America's wildlife and habitats.'' The recent release of the 2011 State of Birds report has given new insight into the welfare of America's bird populations, as well as the status of wildlife and conservation efforts.

2011 State of Birds Report

Trees killed by Pine Beetles create more dangerous fires

Trees killed by Pine Beetles create more dangerous fires

Posted Fri, 06 May 2011 14:55:00 GMT by Melanie J. Martin

Fire ignites and spreads more easily in forests devastated by pine beetles, making new fire management plans crucial. In areas where many trees have been killed by pine beetle infestations, forest fires can spread more quickly, new research says. The dead trees are much drier than live wood, as are the red needles. The way fire behaves in areas struck by pine beetles, such as much of British Columbia and Montana, is changing dramatically in a short time.

Trees killed by Pine Beetles create more dangerous fires

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Remember Wallace for his birdwing but conserve this incredible insect too

Posted Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:59:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The artful crocodiles can hunt cooperatively.

Posted Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:44:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Monkeys' and apes' cultural learning

Posted Wed, 12 Nov 2014 04:00:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Oil palm ecology suits some.

Posted Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:40:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Cultures can exist beyond the (naked) apes.

Posted Wed, 05 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Spot (or hear) the vole - in the snow

Posted Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Horse Sense

Posted Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:04:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

We’re mad about Madagascar.

Posted Sat, 11 Oct 2014 09:17:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Bad news for corals and divers.

Posted Tue, 07 Oct 2014 08:30:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Voyage to/from Ancient New Zealand

Posted Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:15:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Bees Please

Posted Thu, 20 Oct 2011 20:49:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Nitrogen absorption avoided in sea-lion diving

Posted Wed, 19 Sep 2012 08:43:17 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Bottlenose dolphins whistle hello

Posted Wed, 29 Feb 2012 00:16:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Spying on the Manx shearwater at sea

Posted Wed, 03 Oct 2012 08:23:14 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Look out for the little guys - smaller fish more vulnerable than thought

Posted Mon, 02 May 2011 19:00:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

Report Calls For Improved Earthquake Resilience in USA

Posted Mon, 25 Apr 2011 15:46:01 GMT by Mike Campbell

New population of the Endangered Andean cat discovered

Posted Thu, 17 Mar 2011 21:28:00 GMT by Helen Roddis

Cats control lizard populations but the reptiles adapt well

Posted Wed, 18 Jun 2014 07:59:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Born to roar - but lions are just big cry babies says new study

Posted Wed, 02 Nov 2011 21:01:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Australian volcanoes overdue an eruption warn scientists

Posted Wed, 06 Jul 2011 20:02:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts