Wildlife

Turtles & Technology Advance Understanding of Lung Abnormality
November 21, 2017 01:26 PM - Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

A study of an unusual snapping turtle with one lung found shared characteristics with humans born with one lung who survive beyond infancy. Digital 3D anatomical models created by Emma Schachner, PhD, Assistant Professor of Cell Biology & Anatomy at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, made the detailed research possible. The work is published in the December 2017 issue of The Journal of Anatomy, the cover of which features an image of the study’s 3D models.

Turtles & Technology Advance Understanding of Lung Abnormality
November 21, 2017 01:26 PM - Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

A study of an unusual snapping turtle with one lung found shared characteristics with humans born with one lung who survive beyond infancy. Digital 3D anatomical models created by Emma Schachner, PhD, Assistant Professor of Cell Biology & Anatomy at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, made the detailed research possible. The work is published in the December 2017 issue of The Journal of Anatomy, the cover of which features an image of the study’s 3D models.

Researcher seeks to protect where the wild things walk
November 21, 2017 08:06 AM - University of British Columbia

UBC research is paving the way for a route that will serve as a pilot project to protect green space and allow wildlife to move throughout the Okanagan Valley.

Kelowna was identified in the 2016 Stats Canada census as one of the fastest-growing cities in Canada. With growth comes development and UBC Professor Lael Parrott says the region is in danger of fragmenting low-elevation ecosystems and losing the habitat and movement routes needed by wildlife, especially on the east side of Okanagan Lake.

Thinking Big by Burning Small
November 20, 2017 12:52 PM - University of the Witwatersrand

A recent paper by scientists from Wits University in South Africa shows how creative fire management can increase habitat for wildebeest and other grazing animals in national parks.

Study looks at why ring-tailed lemurs raise a stink when they flirt with potential mates
November 20, 2017 08:15 AM - University of Toronto

A University of Toronto study finds that a unique ritual performed by male ring-tailed lemurs may come at a significant physical cost, but it likely helps their chances in securing a mate.

Ring-tailed lemurs are Strepsirrhines, a sub-order of primates who share a common ancestor with humans. They are very social animals, living in large groups with females dominating the group. Like other lemurs, they huddle in large groups in order to keep warm and maintain social bonds, with lower ranking males often excluded.

Species in the North are More Vulnerable to Climate Change
November 16, 2017 11:45 AM - Lund University

Acclimation means the ability of both animals and plants to adjust their physiology when it gets hotter or colder. In this way, individual organs are able to interact effectively and various processes in the body function optimally in varying conditions.

Species in the North are More Vulnerable to Climate Change
November 16, 2017 11:45 AM - Lund University

Acclimation means the ability of both animals and plants to adjust their physiology when it gets hotter or colder. In this way, individual organs are able to interact effectively and various processes in the body function optimally in varying conditions.

Mutated frog gene repels predators
November 15, 2017 08:17 AM - University of Saskatchewan

Post-doctoral researcher Andrés Posso-Terranova and his former supervisor José Andrés have found evidence that a single gene called MC1R controls the deep black color on the skin of these poisonous frogs. The researchers have found that the disruption of the gene is responsible for the black blobs and stripes. Their results have been published this week in the international journal Evolution.

Pesticides May Cause Bumblebees to Lose Their Buzz, Study Finds
November 14, 2017 12:41 PM - University of Stirling

Pesticides significantly reduce the number of pollen grains a bumblebee is able to collect, a new University of Stirling study has found.

Team Finds First Wild Alligator Snapping Turtle in Illinois Since 1984
November 13, 2017 11:48 AM - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Researchers report the first sighting in 30 years of a wild alligator snapping turtle in Illinois. The discovery may be a sign of hope for this state-endangered species, or the animal could be the last of its kind to have survived in Illinois without human intervention, the researchers say.

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