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Evolution Apr 30, 2021

One incredible ocean crossing may have made human evolution possible

Humans evolved in Africa, along with chimpanzees, gorillas and monkeys. But primates themselves appear to have evolved elsewhere—likely in Asia—before colonizing Africa. At the time, around 50 million years ago, Africa ...

Plants & Animals Apr 27, 2021

Neglected species: Who cares about Kyrgyzstan's threatened tulips?

Where have all the flowers gone? And why is their universal popularity not matched by a universal outcry about their continued decline? It's a question that exercises us on a regular basis at Fauna & Flora International (FFI), ...

Evolution Apr 27, 2021

Extinct 'horned' crocodile gets new spot in the tree of life

A study led by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History has resolved a long-standing controversy about an extinct "horned" crocodile that likely lived among humans in Madagascar. Based on ancient DNA, the research ...

Earth Sciences Apr 19, 2021

Scientists find Galapagos volcano could help forecast future eruptions

The Galápagos Islands have played a historic role since Charles Darwin's visit onboard the HMS Beagle in 1835. Today, a team of scientists, including from the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric ...

Ecology Mar 30, 2021

Ecuador policeman held over 185 baby tortoises in suitcase

An Ecuadorian policeman has been arrested after airport officials in the Galapagos Islands discovered 185 baby giant tortoises stuffed in a suitcase to be trafficked, prosecutors said Monday.

Ecology Mar 22, 2021

Global biodiversity awareness tracked with Wikipedia page views

Wikipedia page views could be used to monitor global awareness of biodiversity, proposes a research team from UCL, ZSL, and the RSPB.

Plants & Animals Mar 12, 2021

Fire away: Removing imported red fire ant could boost burrow ecosystems

The aptly named gopher tortoise is a keystone species of the southeastern United States, digging burrows that can extend more than 30 feet and serve as a habitat for more than 350 other species. Unfortunately, one of them ...

Ecology Mar 04, 2021

Galapagos island gets 36 endangered giant tortoises

Three dozen endangered giant tortoises, born and raised in captivity, have been released into the wild on one of the Galapagos islands, where their kind is from.

Archaeology Mar 02, 2021

Bahamas were settled earlier than believed, settlers dramatically changed landscape

Humans were present in Florida by 14,000 years ago, and until recently, it was believed the Bahamas—located only a few miles away—were not colonized until about 1,000 years ago. But new findings from a team including ...

Earth Sciences Mar 02, 2021

Lead up to volcanic eruption in Galapagos captured in rare detail

Hours before the 2018 eruption of Sierra Negra, the Galápagos Islands' largest volcano, an earthquake rumbled and raised the ground more than 6 feet in an instant. The event, which triggered the eruption, was captured in ...

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