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Researchers Map the Illegal Use of Natural Resources in the Protected Brazilian Amazon

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New research published in the open access peer-reviewed journal PeerJ uses law enforcement data collected from 2010 to 2015 to understand the geographical distribution of the illegal use of natural resources across the region’s protected area network.

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Salamander, paleantology

Ancient Petrified Salamander Reveals Its Last Meal

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A new study on an exceptionally preserved salamander from the Eocene of France reveals that its soft organs are conserved under its skin and bones. Organs preserved in three dimensions include the lung, nerves, gut, and within it, the last meal of the animal, according to a study published in the peer-reviewed journal PeerJ.

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Woolly Rhino, Woolly Mammoth, Paleontology, Extinct Species

Woolly Rhino Neck Ribs Provide Clues About Their Decline and Eventual Extinction

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Researchers from the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden examined woolly rhino and modern rhino neck vertebrae from several European and American museum collections and noticed that the remains of woolly rhinos from the North Sea often possess a ‘cervical’ (neck) rib—in contrast to modern rhinos. The study, published in the open access journal PeerJ today, reports on the incidence of abnormal cervical vertebrae in woolly rhinos. Given the considerable birth defects that are associated with this condition, the researchers argue it is very possible that developmental abnormalities contributed towards the eventual extinction of these late Pleistocene rhinos.

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Caribou, Endangered Species, Moose population, Canada, Wolves, Ecology, Conservation

An Alternative to Wolf Control to Save Endangered Caribou

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In a recent study, researchers used a new Canadian government policy as an experiment and found that reducing invasive moose populations has led to population stability for endangered caribou herds.

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whale conservation, Paleontology, Ecology

A Potential Breeding Site of a Miocene Era Baleen Whale

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Baleen whales are amongst the largest animals to have ever lived and yet very little is known about their breeding habits. One researcher’s second look at previously found baleen whale fossils from Japan provides new evidence of a now long-gone breeding ground of the extinct baleen whale Parietobalaena yamaokai dating back over 15 million years.

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Entomology, forensic evidence

Can Insects Be Used as Evidence to Tell if a Body Has Been Moved?

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The use of insects as indicators of post-mortem displacement is a familiar technique depicted on many crime investigation TV shows. In reality, this practice is far from clear-cut. To cut through the hype, researchers have looked across existing studies to review how exactly insects have been used in legal investigations and to what extent these methods have been useful.

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Paleontology, Evolution Biology, Crocodilians, T. rex, Madagascar, Jurassic

Gigantic Crocodile with T. Rex Teeth Was a Top Land Predator of the Jurassic in Madagascar

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Little is known about the origin and early evolution of the Notosuchia, hitherto unknown in the Jurassic period. New research on fossils from Madagascar, published in the peer-reviewed journal PeerJ by Italian and French paleontologists, begin to fill the gap in a million-year-long ghost lineage.

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Evolution Biology, Taxonomy, Parrots, Biodiveristy, Zoology

The Blue-Winged Amazon: A New Parrot Species From the Yucatán Peninsula

In 2014, during a visit to a remote part of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, ornithologist Dr. Miguel A. Gómez Garza came across parrots with a completely different colour pattern from other known species. A study published today in the open-access journal PeerJ names these birds as a new species.

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Paleontology, Dinosaur

How the Famous Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Bone Bed Came to Be

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The Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry is the densest collection of Jurassic dinosaur fossils. Since its discovery in the 1920s, numerous hypotheses have been proposed to explain the origin of the quarry. Were the dinosaurs poisoned? Did they die due to drought? Were they trapped in quick sand? A new study suggests that the quarry represents numerous mortality events which brought the dinosaurs to the site over time, rather than a single fatal event.

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dinosaur discovery, Dinosaur, new species, sauropod

New Dinosaur Species Increases the Diversity of the 'Whiplash Dinosaurs'

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New sauropod species is named Galeamopus pabsti by the same team which recently reinstated the brontosaurus as a distinct genus.


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