Nearly 500 new species discovered at Senckenberg

In the last two years scientists at the Senckenberg research institutes have discovered and described almost 500 new species. Taxonomy and scientific collections are among the most important focal points of the Senckenberg ...

Joshua Tree spider species named for U2's Bono

It appeared Bono and arachnids didn't mix when his "Spider-Man" musical had a rough Broadway run, but that didn't keep a biologist from naming an actual spider species after the U2 singer.

Disaster map predicts bleak future for mammals

Mammals could be at a greater risk of extinction due to predicted increases in extreme weather conditions, states a paper published today by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).

Ecuador's Yasuni dilemma: a reserve full of life, and oil

The thumping whir of helicopters overhead sends a pack of terrified monkeys fleeing into the brush—one clear sign of the impact of oil development in this incredibly biodiverse part of Ecuador's Amazon.

Snakes minus birds equals more spiders for Guam

In one of the first studies to examine how the loss of forest birds is effecting Guam's island ecosystem, biologists from Rice University, the University of Washington and the University of Guam found that the Pacific island's ...

The tangled web around spiders

An Indian biologist with a passion for spiders took a Harvard Museum of Natural History audience on a tour of arachnids large and small Monday, delivering a colorful peek at their diversity along with a plea for their conservation.

World's first eyeless huntsman spider discovered

A scientist from the Senckenberg Research Institute in Frankfurt has discovered the first eyeless huntsman spider in the world. The accompanying study has been published by the scientific journal Zootaxa.

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