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The Use of Biomass Halves the Amount of Carbon Stored by Plants (19/12/2017)
According to a recent study in “Nature,” plants in terrestrial ecosystems store approximately 450 billion tons of carbon worldwide – less than half of the amount theoretically possible due to the use of biomass by humans. ... more

Screenshot: Ancient Bird in an Oversized Tuxedo, © Senckenberg

Ancient Bird in an Oversized Tuxedo (12/12/2017)
A new fossil giant penguin discovered in New Zealand ... more

Swamp Wallaby

Surprise in the Kangaroo Family Tree - An Outsider Is a Close Relative, After All (04/12/2017)
Ironically, it is jumping genes that indicate the need for a reorganization of the kangaroos’ phylogenetic tree.... more


European forests might not be realizing their full potential (17/11/2017)
According to a new study maximizing timber production in a forest does not necessarily have to come at a cost of reduced species diversity or the capacity to regulate climate change by the same forest. ... more

Brazilian Cerrado

Shallow soils promote savannas in South America (20/10/2017)
New research suggests that the boundary between South American tropical rainforests and savannas is influenced by the depth to which plants can root. ... more

Fossil bird uropgial gland

Ancient Preen Oil: Researchers Discover 48-million-year-old Lipids in a Fossil Bird (18/10/2017)
A surpising new discovery from the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Messel Pit” near Darmstadt in Germany: a 48-million-year old skin gland from a bird, containing lipids of the same age. ... more


Zebras follow their memory when migrating (24/05/2017)
Zebras may use memory to guide their migration each year. ... more

Plumbeous pigeon

Picky fruit-eating birds are more flexible (11/05/2017)
Researchers have found that South American birds that are seasonally specialized on particular fruit types are the most flexible in switching to different fruit types in other seasons. ... more

Pizzly Andrew Derocher

Bears breed across species borders (19/04/2017)
For the first time the genomes of all bear species have been decrypted... more

The Giant Sloth was a Vegetarian

The Giant Sloth was a Vegetarian (18/04/2017)
The diet of the fossil Megatherium has been decoded... more

Successful Dig Reveals an Almost Complete Skull of a Saber-toothed Cat

Successful Dig Reveals an Almost Complete Skull of a Saber-toothed Cat (12/04/2017)
A third individual saber-toothed cat was discovered in Schöningen... more

New Hope for the Saiga Antelope?

New Hope for the Saiga Antelope? (22/03/2017)
Saiga Antelopes were much more flexible than originally thought... more

The Oldest Fossil Giant Penguin

The Oldest Fossil Giant Penguin (01/03/2017)
Penguins diversified earlier than previously assumed... more

Screenshot: New insights into the mechanisms into how ungulates got bigger in the Neogene, © Senckenberg

New insights into the mechanisms into how ungulates got bigger in the Neogene (24/02/2017)
The observed increase of body size in ungulates during the 20 million years before the Pleistocene is driven by the process of species selection, according to researchers from the Senckenberg, Germany.... more


More warm-dwelling Animals and Plants as a Result of Climate Change (17/02/2017)
A country-wide study across Germany... more

Rose ringed parakeet

Alien species on the rise worldwide (14/02/2017)
New research shows rates of alien species introduction are higher than ever... more

Screenshot: Extinct Giant Tortoise - 1,000-year-old DNA decoded, © Senckenberg

Extinct Giant Tortoise - 1,000-year-old DNA decoded (11/01/2017)
Genetic studies allow insights into the evolution of the"Bahamas Tortoise"... more

Fallopia Essl

How far do invasive species travel? (11/01/2017)
Scientists from Frankfurt and Oldenburg explain global patterns in the spread of invasive species... more

Chelostoma Rapunculi Haselboeck

Domino effect (10/01/2017)
The loss of plant species triggers the extinction of animals... more

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