What makes plant cell walls both strong and extensible?

A plant cell wall's unique ability to expand without weakening or breaking is due to the movement of its cellulose skeleton, according to new...

Fossilized tracks show earliest known evidence of mammals at the seashore

Researchers report the discovery of several sets of fossilized tracks, likely from the brown bear-sized Coryphodon, that represent the earliest known evidence of mammals...

Carbon emissions from dams considerably underestimated so far

Among other things, dams serve as reservoirs for drinking water, agricultural irrigation, or the operation of hydropower plants. Until now, it had been assumed...

A new approach to identify genetic boundaries of species could also impact policy

A new approach to genomic species delineation could impact policy and lend clarity to legislation for designating a species as endangered or at risk....

High genomic diversity is good news for California condor

The wild California condor population dropped to 22 before rescue and captive breeding allowed reintroduction into the wild. A new assembly of the complete...

Antarctic ice sheet retreat could trigger chain reaction

The Antarctic ice sheet was even more unstable in the past than previously thought, and at times possibly came close to collapse, new research...

Urban traffic noise causes song learning deficits in birds

Traffic noise leads to inaccuracies and delays in the development of song learning in young birds. They also suffer from a suppressed immune system,...

How widespread is lemur and fossa meat consumption?

A new study looks at the prevalence of human consumption of lemur and fossa (Madagascar's largest predator) in villages within and around Makira Natural...

Species losses on isolated Panamanian island show importance of habitat connectivity

Free from human disturbance for a century, an inland island in Central America has nevertheless lost more than 25% of its native bird species...

Can fisheries benefit from biodiversity and conserve it, too?

A new study reveals the trade-offs of fish biodiversity -- its costs and benefits to mixed-stock fisheries -- and points to a potential way...

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