Strange phallus-shaped creature provides crucial missing link: Discovery pushes fossil record back 200 million years
Christopher Cameron of the University of Montreal's Department of Biological Sciences and his colleagues have unearthed a major scientific discovery - a strange phallus-shaped creature they found in Canada's ...
Mass sea star deaths off US west coast puzzle scientists
Starfish have been mysteriously dying by the millions in recent months along the US west coast, worrying biologists who say the sea creatures are key to the marine ecosystem.
Sea star wasting devastates Pacific Coast species
(Phys.org) —Sea stars off the Pacific Coast are dying en masse at an "unprecedented" rate and geographic spread, and Cornell researchers are trying to find out why.
Starfish use their eyes to stay close to home, researchers find
Scientists discover coral's best defender against an army of sea stars
Coral reefs face a suite of perilous threats in today's ocean. From overfishing and pollution to coastal development and climate change, fragile coral ecosystems are disappearing at unprecedented rates around ...
Superfast evolution in sea stars
(Phys.org) -- How quickly can new species arise? In as little as 6,000 years, according to a study of Australian sea stars.
Young individuals of a species are often more sensitive towards environmental stress than their adult counterparts. Scientists from GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel now observed this effect in the sea star ...
How genes trace life on Earth
A complete tree of life – showing how and when organisms are related to each other – has long been desired by biologists, but obscured by the vagaries of the fossil record. ...
Marine scientists track spread of sea star wasting disease
(Phys.org) —A mysterious disease that causes sea stars to decay and fall apart within a few days has become widespread along the U.S. west coast over the past several months. First reported off the coast ...
Sea star disease epidemic surges in Oregon, local extinctions expected
Just in the past two weeks, the incidence of sea star wasting syndrome has exploded along the Oregon Coast and created an epidemic of historic magnitude, one that threatens to decimate Oregon's entire population ...
Sea star disease strikes peninsula marine centers
(AP)—The disease wreaking havoc on wild sea star populations on the West Coast has struck captive collections in Washington's Olympic Peninsula.
Gazing into the frozen stillness of the universe
(Phys.org) —The ALMA telescope installation begins delivering images of fresh planets, young stars, and distant galaxies.
Six bizarre feeding tactics from the depths of our oceans
Sea life can be fascinating and terrifying at the same time. Some creatures look beautiful on the outside but harbour darkness within. Some of the scariest tactics of the deep sea go on display when these ...
Coral-eating sea star invaders turn out to be locals
Researchers at the Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB), the Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR), organized research units in the University of Hawai'i at Manoa's School of Ocean and Earth Science ...