The controversial origin of a symbol of the American west

New research has identified North America's oldest bison fossils and helped construct a bison genealogy establishing that a common maternal ancestor arrived between 130,000...

Carbon-based approaches for saving rainforests should include biodiversity studies

Conservationists working to safeguard tropical forests often assume that old growth forests containing great stores of carbon also hold high biodiversity, but a new...

‘Gloom’ and doom when these insects are on hot, dry red maple trees

They are known as gloomy scales, and these insects can make a red maple tree’s life downright dreary. This is because the arthropods feed...

Researchers discovered fungus gnat Paradise in Peruvian Amazonia

Researchers have discovered and identified 16 new fungus gnat species in the Amazonia. The diverse gnat species maintain exceptionally rich parasitoid wasp species, which...

Cross-species jumps may play unexpectedly big role in virus evolution

On occasion, a virus may jump from one host species to another and adapt to the new host. Such cross-species transmission happens more often...

‘Black swan’ events strike animal populations

A new analysis is the first to document that "black swan" events also occur in animal populations and usually manifest as massive, unexpected die-offs.

Portuguese moth’s mystery solved after 22 years

An unknown moth, collected from Portugal 22 years ago, has finally been named and placed in the tree of life. The tiny moth belongs...

Rangers fight loss of wildlife with fire

Native animals are declining on Australia's second largest island with brush-tailed rabbit-rats, black-footed tree-rats and northern brown bandicoots the worst hit.

How nature creates forest diversity

Forest ecologists have long sought to understand why so many different species of trees can coexist in the same niche. A modeling study provides...

Tree growth model assists breeding for more wood

A meeting in a forest between a biologist and a mathematician could lead to thicker, faster growing trees.

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