News tagged with zoology

DNA confirms existence of NZ bird thought extinct

(PhysOrg.com) -- An examination of ancient and modern DNA by the University of Otago has confirmed that the New Zealand storm-petrel, once thought to be extinct, is a bird which continues to fly our southern skies.

dateSep 26, 2011 in Evolution
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Researchers urge more prominent role for zoos

Of around seven land vertebrate species whose survival in the wild is threatened one is also kept in captivity. These and other data on the protection of species in zoos and aquaria have now been revealed by scientists at ...

dateMar 17, 2011 in Plants & Animals
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Getting a tail up on conservation?

Lizards are an important indicator species for understanding the condition of specific ecosystems. Their body weight is a crucial index for evaluating species health, but lizards are seldom weighed, perhaps due in part to ...

dateSep 01, 2010 in Plants & Animals
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Striped mice -- the neighbors from hell

Fighting, paternity tests and infidelity. No, not a daytime talk show, but the results of new research examining why the fur will fly if a four-striped grass mouse (Rhabdomys pumilio) wanders into his neighbour's territory. ...

dateJun 22, 2010 in Plants & Animals
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