Livingstone beetle specimens found after 150 years
Dr David Livingstone's only known beetle specimens have been discovered at the Museum - 150 years after he brought them back from Africa.
Australian mosquito appears in California
Officials say an Australian mosquito has made what is believed to be its first U.S. appearance in the Los Angeles area.
Researchers find evidence of earliest instance of parental care in scavenger beetle
Scientists reveal the complex early evolution of the bird's 'breastbone'
It has always been difficult to understand how birds evolved from dinosaurs because of the strange combination of features observed in taxa inferred to be situated near this great evolutionary transition. ...
50 million year old mite attached to ant head found in piece of amber
Botanical garden readies for rare, spectacular puya raimondii flowering
If you're on the lookout for a special experience, the UC Botanical Garden has just the ticket. Its endangered Puya raimondii, a flowering plant not-so-modestly known as the Queen of the Andes, is in the ...
Experiment enters next stage at new Idaho hot cell
To the average eye, the experimental specimens don't look like much: silver-colored squares about the size of a domino. But the samples represent several big milestones for Idaho National Laboratory, the ...
Collecting biological specimens essential to science and conservation
Collecting plant and animal specimens is essential for scientific studies and conservation and does not, as some critics of the practice have suggested, play a significant role in species extinctions.
The early earthworm catches on to full data release
To quote the American cartoonist Gary Larson: all things play a role in nature, even the lowly worm—but perhaps never in such a visually stunning way as that presented in two papers published today in the ...
Paleontologists unveil online showcase of 3-D fossil remains
More than two decades ago, University of Michigan paleontologist Daniel Fisher and some of his students began the laborious task of digitally scanning the bones of mastodons, mammoths and other prehistoric ...
Research splits alligator snapping turtle, 'dinosaur of the turtle world,' into three species
The alligator snapping turtle is the largest river turtle in North America, weighing in at up to 200 pounds and living almost a century. Now researchers from Florida and the University of Vermont have discovered ...
Salamanders shrinking as their mountain havens heat up
Wild salamanders living in some of North America's best salamander habitat are getting smaller as their surroundings get warmer and drier, forcing them to burn more energy in a changing climate.
Nanoscale freezing leads to better imaging
It's an odd twist. For scientists to determine if a cell is functioning properly, they must destroy it.
Ancient reptile birth preserved in fossil
Ichthyosaur fossil may show the earliest live birth from an ancient Mesozoic marine reptile, according to a study published February 12, 2014 in PLOS ONE by Ryosuke Motani from the University of California, Davis, ...