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Environment Feb 03, 2021

Drone and landsat imagery shows long-term change in vegetation cover along intermittent river

In the Namib Desert in southwestern Africa, the Kuiseb River, an ephemeral river which is dry most of the year, plays a vital role to the region. It provides most of the vegetation to the area and serves as a home for the ...

Plants & Animals Feb 03, 2021

Temperature fluctuations over a 20-year period affect ostrich fertility traits

A team of researchers from, Lund University, the University of Stellenbosch and the Western Cape Department of Agriculture for South Africa has learned more about how animals cope with rising temperatures by studying ostriches ...

Paleontology & Fossils Dec 09, 2020

Why do elephants and tigers still roam in India? Study offers clues

Tropical Asia and Africa are the only regions on Earth that retain diverse populations of large, land-dwelling mammals, such as elephants, rhinos, and big cats. A new study co-authored by Yale researcher Advait M. Jukar suggests ...

Plants & Animals Dec 08, 2020

Study: Prehistoric birds used touch-sensing organs in their beaks to find food

A trio of researchers, two with the University of Cape Town, the other the University of the Witwatersrand has found evidence that suggests wetland-dwelling lithornithids from the Cretaceous, likely used remote touch to find ...

Evolution Dec 02, 2020

Flightless birds more common globally before human-driven extinctions

There would be at least four times as many flightless bird species on Earth today if it were not for human influences, finds a study led by UCL researchers.The study, published in Science Advances, finds that flightlessness ...

Archaeology Nov 24, 2020

T. rex had huge growth spurts, but other dinos grew 'slow and steady'

Tyrannosaurus rex was one of the biggest meat-eating dinosaurs of all time—it measured up to 42 feet long from snout to tail and would have weighed in at around 16,000 pounds. And it wasn't alone—some of its less-well-known ...

Ecology Nov 16, 2020

'Forest foods' drive risks of next global pandemic

A taste for wild meats such as pangolins and civets, often known as 'forest foods' in tropical and subtropical regions, makes the emergence of another global pandemic increasingly likely, four international organisations ...

Paleontology & Fossils Oct 27, 2020

Antarctica yields oldest fossils of giant birds with 6.4-meter wingspans

Fossils recovered from Antarctica in the 1980s represent the oldest giant members of an extinct group of birds that patrolled the southern oceans with wingspans of up to 21 feet (6.4 meters) that would dwarf the 11½-foot ...

Environment Oct 20, 2020

'Like the speed of the wind': Kenya's lakes rise to destructive highs

Peering into the lake, the village elder struggled to pinpoint where beneath the hyacinth and mesquite weeds lay the farm he lived in his entire life until the water rose like never before and swallowed everything.

Archaeology Oct 15, 2020

Beak bone reveals pterosaur like no other

A new species of small pterosaur—similar in size to a turkey—has been discovered, which is unlike any other pterosaur seen before due to its long slender toothless beak.

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