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What droppings can tell us

If you want to find out about the shy Eurasian otter, its droppings are a fascinating source of information. By isolating DNA from otter droppings – known as spraint – researchers can not only identify individual animals ...

dateJun 22, 2015 in Ecology
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Japan confirms plan to resume whale hunt

Japan's chief whaling negotiator confirmed Monday its ships would return to the Antarctic this year, despite a call by global regulators to provide more evidence that the hunt has a scientific purpose.

dateJun 22, 2015 in Ecology
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Humans threaten Asian horseshoe crabs

Human activity is affecting the population of Asian horseshoe crabs in the state of Sabah in Malaysia, possibly by disrupting the male to female ratio – that is the conclusion of a study that surveyed two populations of ...

dateJun 22, 2015 in Plants & Animals
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Vagrant bachelors could save rare bird

A study conducted by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has revealed the importance of single males in small, threatened populations. Results from a study of endangered New Zealand hihi birds (Notiomystis cincta), published ...

dateJun 16, 2015 in Plants & Animals
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