Rock-paper-scissors tournaments explain ecological diversity
According to classical ecology, when two species compete for the same resource, eventually the more successful species will win out while the other will go extinct. But that rule cannot explain systems such as the Amazon, ...
'Walking cactus' rewrites arthropod odyssey
Fossils of a bizarre animal dubbed the "walking cactus" have shed light on the evolution of crabs and spiders, Chinese researchers reported in the journal Nature on Wednesday.
Study predicts worldwide range losses without urgent action to limit emissions
Almost two thirds of common plants and half the animals could see a dramatic decline this century due to climate change – according to research from the University of East Anglia.
Research team looks to Kickstarter to fund swarming 'coralbots' to repair damaged coral
Is eye size related to genetics or environment?
(Phys.org) —Researchers at The University of Western Australia in collaboration with the University of Queensland and the Australian Museum are trying to understand how fish see at depths.
Scientists identify why some fathers are left holding the baby
A century old mystery as to why, for some animals, it's the father rather than the mother that takes care of their young has been cracked by scientists at the University of Sheffield and University of Bath.
Mystery sharks off Rottnest shed new light on species
(Phys.org)—The discovery of two sharks never seen before in Australian waters is set to re-write scientists' understanding of the species.
Ancient insects shed light on biodiversity
(Phys.org)—Simon Fraser University evolutionary biologists Bruce Archibald and Rolf Mathewes, and Brandon University biologist David Greenwood, have discovered that modern tropical mountains' diversity ...
Mother bear knows best place to call home
(Phys.org)—Mama bear appears to know what's best when it comes to selecting a place to call home, according to a new University of Alberta study.
A global approach to monitoring biodiversity loss
In contrast to climate change, there is no coordinated global system in place for measuring and reporting on biodiversity change or loss. An international team of biologists is now addressing this gap.
Ancient critter could be the granddaddy of shellfish
A weird marine creature that lived 500 million years ago at a time of explosive growth in Earth's biodiversity could be a forerunner of worms and molluscs, a study published on Thursday said.
Ups and downs of biodiversity after mass extinction
The climate after the largest mass extinction so far 252 million years ago was cool, later very warm and then cool again. Thanks to the cooler temperatures, the diversity of marine fauna ballooned, as paleontologists ...
Size matters for fish in a changing climate
A changing climate could have a drastic impact on fish populations in the tropics, but according to new research it's likely to boost stocks in some cooler waters.
Researchers examine 'nestedness' of industrial ecosystems
(Phys.org)—Biodiversity is a complex phenomenon that emerges from the combination of a large number of ecological mechanisms. Yet, despite the complexity of its origins, there is one prevalent pattern that always appears ...