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Sense of smell helped separate humans from Neanderthals (18/12/2011)
CONNETICUT: Modern humans -- Homo sapiens -- have a better sense of smell than their extinct Neanderthal cousins, which may be one reason why one thrived while the other died out, according to scientists, as reported in HealthDay News.... more

Paleontologists Uncover Wyoming?s Formidable Fossil Frogmouth (01/12/2011)
Frogmouths are not especially cheerful-looking birds. During the day, these nocturnal avians mostly look like feathery bumps on a log. The first one I ever saw, perching in the Bronx Zoo?s aquatic bird house, was so stock still and serious-looking that for a moment it seemed as if the keepers had si... more

Small Forest With Big Impact: Fragmented Rainforests Maintain Their Ecological Functionality (25/11/2011)
— The value of a rainforest is not only measured by its biological diversity but also by its ecological functionality. Scientists have now presented the results of a comprehensive study in Kenya carried out over the course of nine years within the framework of the BIOTA East Africa project, which wa... more

Ancient Cave Lion Bones Reveal Big Cats? Diet (22/11/2011)
By Andrew Curry, ScienceNOW A quarter larger than today?s lions, the European cave lion was one of the biggest cats around 12,000 years ago. Now, an unusually sophisticated analysis of its bones is revealing what these creatures ate?and why they may have disappeared.... more

Dissecting the Cave Lion Diet (22/11/2011)
Enlarge Image Ancient diet. Researcher Hervé Bocherens with a cave lion skull. Analysis of lion bones (inset) shows the extinct beasts' preferred prey was reindeer.... more

Ancient fossils reveal moth?s true colours (17/11/2011)
Scientists have determined the original colours of an ancient moth which lived more than 47 million years ago in Germany. The scientific methods which led to the discovery could help scientists identify the colours of many other long-extinct creatures including birds, fish, and insects, and shed li... more

Small mammals use Borneo pitcher plant as toilet in exchange for nectar (08/11/2011)
Tree shrews and nocturnal rats in the forests of Borneo have a unique relationship with carnivorous pitcher plants. The mammals defecate, and the pitchers are happy to receive.... more

New beetle species discovered in Palawan (21/10/2011)
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY - Scientists have discovered a new species of beetle that dwells in the mountain rivers of Southern Palawan and said the find indicated that the Philippines was the world's "centre of diversity" for beetles.... more

Unknown species and larval stages of extremely long-legged beetles discovered by DNA test (18/10/2011)
The research program AQUA Palawana has been exploring the unique freshwater biodiversity of the Philippine Island and biosphere reserve of Palawan for more than a decade.... more

New fossil findings shed light on the origins of the mysterious hoatzin (10/10/2011)
The birds floated across the Atlantic... October 2011: The bizarre looking South American hoatzin has African origins, according an international team of ornithologists who have studied fossil relatives of the bird. The hoatzin is a funny old bird: a poor flyer, the chicks are equipped with claws... more

New fossil findings shed light on the origins of the mysterious hoatzin (10/10/2011)
The birds floated across the Atlantic... October 2011: The bizarre looking South American hoatzin has African origins, according an international team of ornithologists who have studied fossil relatives of the bird.... more

Across the Atlantic on Flotsam: New Fossil Findings Shed Light on the Origins of the Mysterious Bird Hoatzin (06/10/2011)
A team comprising German, Brazilian and French scientists, including an ornithologist from the Senckenberg Research Institute Frankfurt, has examined fossil relatives of the South American Hoatzin(Opisthocomus hoazin), which point to African origins for the enigmatic bird.... more

DNA Sequences Reveal the True Identity of the Softshell Turtle Pelodiscus (24/09/2011)
A research team from the Senckenberg Research Institute Dresden has identified many different genetic lineages in the softshell turtle genus Pelodiscus, representing different species.... more

Its All in the Head: Songbirds With Bigger Brains Have Benefited from the End of Communism (16/09/2011)
According to a new study published in Biological Conservation the abundance of songbirds with relatively large brains in Eastern Germany and the Czech Republic has increased since 1989 / 1990.... more

Ignored threat (15/09/2011)
Climate change threatens species genetic diversity too MUCH has been talked about how climate change poses risk to ecosystems and individual species. But no one has analysed how global warming will affect the genetic diversity hidden within the species.... more

Health & Science: Early Beaver-like Mammal Swam with the Dinosaurs (13/09/2011)
A creature that looked like a beaver, right down to its flat paddle-like tail and webbed feet, lived 164 million years ago alongside dinosaurs, U.S. and Chinese researchers reported on Thursday.... more

Prehistoric birds had a modern bite (06/09/2011)
LONDON: Ancient birds may have had a modern seed-eating organ, according to a new study that might change the way we understand avian evolution. The study, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, uses fossil evidence to address two fundamental mysteries in bird history: the...... more

German institute shares collection with Taiwanese (28/08/2011)
An entomological institute in Germany is sharing more of its rare collection of insects with Taiwanese institutes. The collection includes thousands of insect samples gathered in Taiwan about 100 years ago and is known as the Formosa Collection.... more

Where Has All the Genetic Diversity Gone? (24/08/2011)
Last week, I wrote about the latest meta-analysis documenting the steady march of species away from the equator and up the mountain slopes in response to a warming world.... more

Global Warming May Cause Higher Loss of Biodiversity Than Previously Thought (24/08/2011)
If global warming continues as expected, it is estimated that almost a third of all flora and fauna species worldwide could become extinct. Scientists from the Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (Biodiversität und Klima Forschungszentrum, BiK-F) and the SENCKENBERG Gesellschaft für Naturkunde...... more

The Jurassic cheetah (22/08/2011)
Paleontologist from Senckenberg Research Institute, Weimar, Germany, recently unearthed the remains of a cheetah which might just have been the bloodiest killers of the ancient times wandering at one of the oldest known habitat of human beings.... more

Climate change will hit genetic diversity (21/08/2011)
Probable loss of 'cryptic' variation a challenge for conservationists.... more

Identifying the Guilty Bear: Forensic Science Heads Into the Woods (15/08/2011)
A violent encounter took place at the end of June, in the wooded area behind a Canadian woman's back porch. Roughly four days later, a police dog found 72-year-old Bernice Evelyn Adolph's body after her daughter became concerned after not hearing from her mother.... more

The Harmless Invasion of the Pacific Oyster (10/04/2011)
(Tierramérica) - In the 1970s, French oyster breeders introduced the Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) to the Bay of Biscay to diversify the area s species and develop the commercial oyster industry.... more

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