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First Full Look at Prehistoric New Zealand Penguin

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After 35 years, a giant fossil penguin has finally been completely reconstructed, giving researchers new insights into prehistoric penguin diversity.

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Neurotoxins In Shark Fins: A Human Health Concern

Sharks are among the most threatened of marine species worldwide due to unsustainable overfishing. They are primarily killed for their fins to fuel the growing demand for shark fin soup, which is an Asia delicacy. A new study by University of Miami (UM) scientists in the journal Marine Drugs has discovered high concentrations of BMAA in shark fins, a neurotoxin linked to neurodegenerative diseases in humans including Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig Disease (ALS). The study suggests that consumption of shark fin soup and cartilage pills may pose a significant health risk for degenerative brain diseases.

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Illegal Orangutan Trader Prosecuted

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The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) announced today Sumatra’s first ever successful sentence of an illegal orangutan owner and trader in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia.

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What Can Animals’ Survival Instincts Tell Us About Understanding Human Emotion?

Can animals’ survival instincts shed additional light on what we know about human emotion? NYU neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux poses this question in outlining a pioneering theory, drawn from two decades of research, that could lead to a more comprehensive understanding of emotions in both humans and animals.

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florida scrub jay, scrub jay, Ornithology, Conservation, Land Management, Endangered Species

Research May Save Florida Bird, Help Conservationists Everywhere

A team of researchers has found a key to improving long-term survival of the endangered Florida Scrub-Jay. “Clustered habitat networks” can maintain genetic diversity for a species at risk of extinction, and offer a model for similar conservation efforts.

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tadpole buoyancy, tadpole hydrodynamic and static lift, tadpole survival

Tadpoles adjust buoyancy to adapt to different environments.

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Herpetologica Herpetologica is a quarterly journal of The Herpetologists' League, containing original research articles on the biology of amphibians and reptiles. The journal serves herpetologists, biologists, ecologists, conservationists, researchers and others interested in furthering knowledge of the biology of amphibians and reptiles. To learn more about the society, please visit: http://www.herpetologistsleague.org/en/index.php

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More Grapes, Less Wrath: Hybrid Antimicrobial Protein Protects Grapevines from Pathogen

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A team of researchers has found a way to ensure that your evening glass of wine will continue to be available, despite the potential attack of Xylella fastidiosa (Xf), a bacterium that causes Pierce's Disease and poses a significant threat to the California wine industry's valuable grapevines.

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Mammalogy, Mammalian Species, bats, Vietnam, Taxonomy, Echolocation, hipposiderid, Phylogenetics

New species of bat, Hipposideros griffini, discovered in Vietnam

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The Journal of Mammalogy, the flagship publication of the American Society of Mammalogists, is produced six times per year. A highly respected scientific journal, it details the latest research in the science of mammalogy and was recently named one of the top 100 most influential journals of biology and medicine in the last century by the Special Libraries Association.

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Researcher Investigates - “Are We Getting Sick From Boat Harbour?”

Dalhousie University researcher Heather Castleden has been invited by the Pictou Landing Native Women's Association (PLNWA) to engage in community-based participatory health research in the area in search of a definitive answer to the question; "Are we getting sick from Boat Harbour?"

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Endangered Wildlife, Birds, Conservation, Red Knots, Shorebirds, Beaches

Bird Stewards Increase the Effectiveness of Protected Beaches

Bird stewards – individuals who police protected beaches and educate the public about the birds who inhabit it – greatly increase the effectiveness of protected beaches, an Eckerd College survey finds.







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