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future of fish A warming planet threatens fish.
March 2019
National Geographic
The impacts warming waters are having on important fish species.
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And in News: Kaya the harbor seal encounters a butterfly

gray squirrel Animals have some interesting ways to store food.
October 2018
National Geographic
Not just nuts:The surprising stuff animals hoard for winter
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baby birds Birds Keep Insect Populations Under Control.
July 9, 2018
Science Daily
Birds eat 400 - 500 million tons of insects annually!
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swimming dolphins Unchecked carbon emissions are pushing species to extinction.
March 14, 2018
Half of plant and animal species at risk from climate change in world’s most important natural places
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swimming dolphins Artificial intelligence is helping to crack the code of dolphin language.
December 8, 2017
AI Might Have Identified Six New Types Of Dolphin Clicks.
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parrotsAustralia has some of the most beautiful birds on the planet.
June 17, 2016
The Guardian
A shortlist of 50 birds which includes some truly spectacular ones.
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octopusOctopus-Inspired Adhesive Uncovers Secret to Cephalopod Stickiness
June 17, 2016
An impressive trick in octopus stickiness.
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turtleWhy Turtles Evolved Shells:It Wasn't For Protection
July 14, 2016
Turtle shells evolved for digging.
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crowsKey gene enables plants to conquer land
May 19, 2016
Research identifies a gene that assisted the transition of plants from water to land 500 million years ago.
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crowsCrows count on number neurons
June 8, 2015
Crow brains evolved for counting.
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dolphinsScientists reconstruct evolutionary history of whale hearing with rare museum collection
March 11, 2015
Tracing the development of hearing in whales.
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horsesReshaping the horse through millennia: Sequencing reveals genes selected by humans in domestication
December 15, 2014
Human domestication shaped the horse.
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Plant communicationSeeing Dinosaur Feathers in a New Light
Oct. 30, 2014
Evolution of feathers made dinosaurs colorful.
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Plant communicationPlants may use newly discovered molecular language to communicate.
August 14, 2014
Scientific discovery of a potentially new form of plant communication.
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bird fossilsNew Fossil Suggests More Complex Evolution for Feathers and Flight
July 2nd, 2014
A new look at how both feathers and flight may have evolved among theropod dinosaurs -aka- the ancestors of modern birds.
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BelugieFlowers' Polarization Help Bees Find Food
June 5th, 2014
Bees use their ability to 'see' polarized light when foraging for food, researchers have discovered. This is the first time bees have been found to use this ability for something other than navigation. Read Full Story
BelugieAncient Whale Fossils Reveal Early Origin of Ecolocation
Wed. March 12, 2014
An ancient whale used sound beams to navigate and stalk prey 28 million years ago, an analysis of a new fossil suggests. Read Full Story
RayOne-Quarter of Sharks and Rays at Risk of Extinction
Tue. Jan. 21, 2014
A quarter of the world's sharks and rays are at risk of extinction, according to a new assessment by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Read Full Story
HollyClues to how plants evolved to cope with cold
Dec. 22, 2013
Science Daily
Researchers have found new clues to how plants evolved to withstand wintry weather. In a study to appear in the December 22 issue of the journal Nature, the team constructed an evolutionary tree of more than 32,000 species of flowering plants – the largest time-scaled evolutionary tree to date. Read Full Story
DolphinMany genes in dolphins and bats evolved in the same way to allow echolocation
September 6, 2013
Science News
Despite being separated by millions of years of evolution, dozens of genes in dolphins and bats changed in the same manner to give the species their ability to echolocate. Read Full Story
ParrotHow 'Parrot dinosaur' Switched
from four feet to two as it grew
June 28, 2013
Science Daily
Tracking the growth of dinosaurs and how they changed as they grew is difficult. Using a combination of biomechanical analysis and bone histology, palaeontologists from Beijing, Bristol, and Bonn have shown how one of the best-known dinosaurs switched from four feet to two as it grew.
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MouseStudy of Gene Expression Has Revealed First Steps of Evolution in Gene Regulation in Mice
August 2, 2013
Science Daily
A study of gene expression led by scientists at the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) and the University of Cambridge has revealed the first steps of evolution in gene regulation in mice. Read Full Story
HorseHorse Fossil Yeilds Astonishingly Old Genome
June 26, 2013
Scientific American
Researchers have recovered DNA from a nearly 700,000-year-old horse fossil and assembled a draft of the animal’s genome from it. It is the oldest complete genome to date by a long shot–hundreds of thousands of years older than the previous record holder, which came from an archaic human that lived around 80,000 years ago. Read Full Story
CretaceousCretaceous period:
Facts About
Animals, Plants & Climate

May 1, 2013
Live Science
The Cretaceous Period was the last and longest segment of the Mesozoic Era. It lasted approximately 79 million years, from the minor extinction event that closed the Jurassic Period about 145.5 million years ago to the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) extinction event dated at 65.5 million years ago. Read Full Story
DinosaursHundreds of Dinosaurs Egg Fossils Found
March 13, 2013
Live Science

Researchers in northeastern Spain say they've uncovered hundreds of dinosaur egg fossils, including four kinds that had never been found before in the region. The eggs likely were left behind by sauropods millions of years ago. Read Full Story
GuppyExpensive Organs: Guppies Reveal
The Cost Of Big Brains

January 3, 2013
Scientific American
There’s a lot to be said for smarts—at least we humans, with some of the biggest brains in relation to our bodies in the animal kingdom, certainly seem to think so. Read Full Story

BatThe Bat: A Long-lived, Virus-Proof Anomaly
January 1, 2013
Discovery Magazine
Bats are pretty impressive critters. They are notorious for carrying viruses like Ebola and SARS, but somehow avoid getting these diseases themselves. They are the only mammal that can fly, and they live far longer than other mammals their size. What’s their secret? Read Full Story

Whale SharkNew Whale Shark Study Used Metalomics to Help Understand Shark and Ray Health
November 16, 2012
Science Daily
New research from Georgia Aquarium and Georgia Institute of Technology provides evidence that a suite of techniques called "metabolomics" can be used to determine the health status of whale sharks (Rhincodon typus), the world's largest fish species.
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Burrowing OwlCan the Burrowing owl population
rebound in North Amercia?
November 16, 2012
Scientific American
Western burrowing owls (Athene cunicularia) are tiny, long-legged members of the owl family, native to the Americas and preferring open landscapes where they can dig new holes or use existing ones (such as abandoned prairie dog, skunk or armadillo homes) to nest and rear their young.
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Now That's Wild News ArticlesHow Do Octopuses Navigate?
May 24, 2012
Scientific American
Getting around is complicated business. Every year, animals traverse miles of sky and sea (and land), chasing warmth or food or mates as the planet rotates and the seasons change.
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Common Pesticide Implicated Bee Colony Collapse Disorder
April 6, 2012
Scientific American
Honeybee colonies have been mysteriously dying off all over the globe, leaving scientists scratching their heads—and important crops languishing in the fields unpollinated.
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Evolution - New Scientist - 2/21/12
Get the latest news on evolution from New Scientist magazine.

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Darwin’s Degenerates – Evolution’s Finest | Observations - 2/12/12

Scientific American
153 years ago on November 24th a naturalist named Charles Darwin published a book with a rather long and cumbersome title.

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Birds Caught in the Act of Becoming a New Species - 12/8/11

Science Daily
A study of South American songbirds completed by the Department of Biology at Queen's University and the Argentine Museum of Natural History, has discovered these birds differ dramatically in colour and song yet show very little genetic differences, indicating they are on the road to becoming a new species.

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Unraveling the Causes of the Ice Age Megafauna Extinctions - 11/2/11

Science Daily
Was it humans or climate change that caused the extinctions of the iconic Ice Age mammals (megafauna) such as the woolly rhinoceros and woolly mammoth?

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Emergency Action Plan Aims to Help the World's Most Endangered Chimpanzee - 6/30/2011

Scientific American
Earlier this month, scientists for the Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance presented new research that predicted the extinction of the Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes ellioti), the world's rarest chimpanzee subspecies, within as little as...

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Winners of Mass Extinction: With Predators Gone, Prey Thrive - 5/3/2011

Science Daily
In modern ecology, the removal or addition of a predator to an ecosystem can produce dramatic changes in the population of prey species. For the first time, scientists have observed the same dynamics in the fossil record, thanks to a mass extinction that decimated ocean life 360 million years ago.
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New Evidence Details Spread of Amphibian-Killing Disease from Mexico Through Central America - 5/2/2011

Science Daily
There's a crisis among the world's amphibians -- about 40 percent of amphibian species have dwindled in numbers in just three decades. Now, museum jars stuffed full of amphibians may help scientists decide whether this wave of extinctions was caused by a fungal infection... 

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Wolves lose, tigers gain, penguins in peril and other updates from the brink - 4/11/2011

Scientific Daily
Sometimes there are so many stories about endangered species that not all of them can be covered in depth by this blog. Here are some quick updates on stories previously covered in Extinction Countdown... 

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