How the cheetah got its stripes—a genetic tale
Feral cats in Northern California have enabled researchers to unlock the biological secret behind a rare, striped cheetah found only in sub-Saharan Africa, according to researchers at the Stanford University ...
Land management options outlined to address cheatgrass invasion
A new study suggests that overgrazing and other factors increase the severity of cheatgrass invasion in sagebrush steppe, one of North America's most endangered ecosystems.
The maternal effect: How mother deer protect their future kings
(Phys.org) —Do mothers invest more care in their sons if they believe their child is destined to be a king, president or a high-powered leader?
In the Eastern US, spring flowers keep pace with warming climate
Using the meticulous phenological records of two iconic American naturalists, Henry David Thoreau and Aldo Leopold, scientists have demonstrated that native plants in the eastern United States are flowering ...
Tigers roar back: Good news for big cats in three key landscapes
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced today significant progress for tigers in three key landscapes across the big cat's range due to better law enforcement, protection of additional habitat, ...
126 new species discovered in Greater Mekong, WWF reports
From a devilish-looking bat to a frog that sings like a bird, scientists have identified 126 new species in the Greater Mekong area, the WWF said in a new report detailing discoveries in 2011.
Ancient DNA sheds light on Arctic whale mysteries
Scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the American Museum of Natural History, City University of New York, and other organizations have published the first range-wide genetic analysis of the ...
Biology prof says eyeball may belong to big squid
Word that a giant eyeball washed up on a Florida beach has created a buzz on the Internet and in the marine biology community.
Carson's Silent Spring turns 50
Record-breaking python found in Florida Everglades with 87 eggs
A monster Burmese python captured in the Everglades has broken the state size record, stretching 17 feet, 7 inches, its belly bursting with 87 eggs, the University of Florida announced in August.
Record loss of Arctic ice may trigger extreme weather
Arctic sea ice is shrinking at a rate much faster than scientists ever predicted and its collapse, due to global warming, may well cause extreme weather this winter in North America and Europe, according to climate scientists.
Sanctuary chimps show high rates of drug-resistant staph
(Phys.org) -- Chimpanzees from African sanctuaries carry drug-resistant, human-associated strains of the bacteria Staphlyococcus aureus, a pathogen that the infected chimpanzees could spread to endangered wild a ...
Democracy works for Endangered Species Act, study finds
When it comes to protecting endangered species, the power of the people is key, an analysis of listings under the U.S. Endangered Species Act finds.
Citizen science reveals that protected areas allow wildlife to spread in response to climate change
A new study led by scientists at the University of York has shown how birds, butterflies, other insects and spiders have colonised nature reserves and areas protected for wildlife, as they move north in response ...