Diet

Humans disrupting 66-million-year-old feature of ecosystems

The U-shaped relationship between diet and size in modern land mammals could also stand for “universal,” says a new study, which has found that the …

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climate

Climate change will reshuffle marine ecosystems in unexpected ways

Warming of the oceans due to climate change will mean fewer productive fish species to catch in the future, according to a new Rutgers study …

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Antarctic

How does the climate crisis affect the Antarctic fur seal?

The climate crisis is limiting the availability of krill – small crustaceans that are vital in the marine food chain – during summer in some …

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Ecosystems

Whales are more important ecosystems engineers than previously thought

From 1910 to 1970, humans killed an estimated 1.5 million baleen whales in the frigid water encircling Antarctica. They were hunted for their blubber, baleen …

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Amphibians

False spring: Climate change may erode frogs’ ability to withstand salt pollution

Climate change may erode frogs’ ability to withstand road salt pollution, according to researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York. Driven by climate …

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animal

Massive new animal species discovered in half-billion-year-old Burgess Shale

Palaeontologists at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) have uncovered the remains of a huge new fossil species belonging to an extinct animal group in half-a-billion-year-old …

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agricultural biodiversity

Bird communities threatened by urbanisation

Urbanisation is one of the most drastic forms of land-use change, and its negative consequences on biodiversity have been studied extensively in temperate countries such …

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animal

New fossil species represents ancient forerunner of most modern reptiles

Lizards and snakes are a key component of most terrestrial ecosystems on earth today. Along with the charismatic tuatara of New Zealand (a “living fossil” …

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