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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 ...

Plants & Animals Feb 23, 2021

Florida wants to stop these reptiles from becoming the next invasive species in the Everglades

Wildlife managers in Florida are finally moving to address an existential question: If the state is like an all-you-can eat buffet for invasive reptiles originally introduced as exotic pets, then why are some of those species ...

Plants & Animals Feb 09, 2021

Turtles 'in horrible shape' with grim future due to rising sea levels

About 60% of the world's turtle species are considered threatened or endangered, making them one of the most vulnerable groups of animals on the planet.

Plants & Animals Jan 15, 2021

New data on the Quaternary ecosystems in the central Iberian Peninsula

Adrián Pablos and Nohemi Sala, researchers at the Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana (CENIEH), lead the team that has recently published two papers in the journals Quaternary Science Reviews and ...

Ecology Dec 30, 2020

Restoring longleaf pines, keystone of once vast ecosystems

When European settlers came to North America, fire-dependent savannas anchored by lofty pines with footlong needles covered much of what became the southern United States.

Ecology Dec 21, 2020

Monitor lizard should be regarded as 'ecosystem engineer,' researchers say

Ten years of research led by the University of South Florida has revealed that a monitor lizard should be regarded as an "ecosystem engineer," a rarity for reptiles. Tortoises and sea turtles are the only reptiles considered ...

Plants & Animals Dec 21, 2020

Orangutans yawn contagiously when they see others yawn

For the first time, contagious yawning has now also been found in a species that roams its territory mostly in solitude and is less frequently engaged in social interactions: the orangutan. Publication in Nature Scientific ...

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