Extraordinary 'missing link' fossil fish found in China
A spectacular new "missing link" fossil has been unearthed in China. The 419 million year old armoured fish, called Entelognathus, meaning "complete jaw" solves an age-old debate in science. For palaeontologist ...
Hunting species: Not just a numbers game
In the race to describe all of Earth's species before they go extinct it has been suggested that one species that is thriving is taxonomists.
Invasion in the desert: Why some plant species are survivors
(Phys.org) —Max Li, a University of Arizona doctoral student in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, is studying mechanisms that determine how competing desert plants can coexist with each ...
Introducing species to change ecosystems is a balancing act
Species hold ecosystems in a delicate balance. From time to time humans introduce non-native species to an ecosystem, because they may be needed for domestic work, as pets, for carrying loads or even for ...
Oldest existing lizard-like fossil hints at scaly origins
The fossilised remains of a reptile closely related to lizards are the oldest yet to be discovered. Two new fossil jaws discovered in Vellberg, Germany provide the first direct evidence that the ancestors ...
Taking over the oceans: Adult fish characteristics predict a species' dispersal
As fish disperse to find new habitats, scientists have developed a new model to judge a species' success in colonising new places. The study has shown some surprising results, suggesting that success can ...
BlackBerry co-founder 'in joint bid talks'
One of BlackBerry's co-founders has held talks with private equity firms about making a joint bid for the struggling Canadian smartphone maker, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.
Researchers reveal Earth's habitable lifetime and investigate potential for alien life
Habitable conditions on Earth will be possible for at least another 1.75 billion years – according to astrobiologists at the University of East Anglia.
Jurassic jaws: How ancient crocodiles flourished during the age of the dinosaurs
New research has revealed the hidden past of crocodiles, showing for the first time how these fierce reptiles evolved and survived in a dinosaur dominated world.
Dingo wrongly blamed for extinctions
Dingoes have been unjustly blamed for the extinctions on the Australian mainland of the Tasmanian tiger (or thylacine) and the Tasmanian devil, a University of Adelaide study has found.
Who's afraid of the big bad wolf: Is the dingo friend or foe?
Another attack on Fraser Island – the flashpoint for dingo management issues – has highlighted our complex relationship with these animals once again.
Potential asteroid impact on Earth can have disastrous consequences. In order to prevent such collisions, earthbound space objects must be deflected. This can be accomplished using a space probe to impact ...
Research reveals how elephants 'see' the world
Designed with middle school students, study helps to inform better practices for protecting these endangered animals.
Not the end of the world: Why Earth's greatest mass extinction was the making of modern mammals
The ancient closest relatives of mammals – the cynodont therapsids - not only survived the greatest mass extinction of all time, 252 million years ago, but thrived in the aftermath, according to new research ...