Ancient four-legged whales once roamed land and sea

Whales belong in the ocean, right? That may be true today, but cetaceans (whales, dolphins, porpoises) actually descended from four legged mammals that once lived on land. New research published in Current Biology reports ...

Getting to the core of underwater soil

Soils all over the Earth's surface are rigorously tested and managed. But what about soils that are down in the murky depths? Although not traditional soils, underwater soils have value and function. Some scientists are working ...

Predicting sediment flow in coastal vegetation

Seagrass, kelp beds, mangroves, and other aquatic vegetation are often considered "ecosystem engineers" for their ability to essentially create their own habitats: Aquatic leaves and reeds slow the flow of water, encouraging ...

From lake to land, in a land of lakes

(Phys.org) -- What animal can see only a limited distance, has no top front teeth, and prefers shady, wet areas such as bogs and marshes?

Herbivorous fish like eating meat

The grass carp, thought to be a strict vegetarian, seems to have a preference for amphipoda. NWO researcher Liesbeth Bakker made this discovery during her research into the food preferences of fish. The discovery turns our ...