Dry-Forest Sabrewing: New Hummingbird Species Discovered
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Dry-Forest Sabrewing: New Hummingbird Species Discovered

A new hummingbird species, called the dry-forest sabrewing, has been discovered in the tropical forests of eastern Brazil. A young male of the dry-forest sabrewing (Campylopterus calcirupicola) captured…

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Do Muscle-Less and Heartless Sea Anemones Hold Key to Heart Regeneration?
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Do Muscle-Less and Heartless Sea Anemones Hold Key to Heart Regeneration?

A team of researchers at the University of Florida has found genes known to form heart cells in humans and other animals in the gut of the starlet…

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Male Palm Cockatoos Play Drums to Attract Mates
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Male Palm Cockatoos Play Drums to Attract Mates

Palm cockatoos (Probosciger aterrimus) not only play the drums, they craft the sticks too, according to new research from scientists in Australia. Male palm cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus) drumming…

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New Species of Amazon Parrot Discovered in Mexico
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New Species of Amazon Parrot Discovered in Mexico

A new species of parrot has been discovered in the tropical forests of the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico. Male (right) and female paratypes of the blue-winged amazon (Amazona gomezgarzai).…

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Two New Species of African Mole-Rats Discovered in Tanzania
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Two New Species of African Mole-Rats Discovered in Tanzania

Scientists working in Tanzania have discovered and named two new species of the mole-rat genus Fukomys. The research was published in the journal PeerJ. The Hanang mole-rat (Fukomys…

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Varanus douarrha: Researchers Rediscover Long-Lost Species of Monitor Lizard
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Varanus douarrha: Researchers Rediscover Long-Lost Species of Monitor Lizard

An international team of researchers has found and re-described a species of monitor lizard, Varanus douarrha, from the island of New Ireland in the Bismarck Archipelago, northeast of…

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Two New Species of Tarsiers Discovered in Indonesia
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Two New Species of Tarsiers Discovered in Indonesia

Two new tarsier species have been discovered in the forests of the northern peninsula of Sulawesi, Indonesia. The Gursky’s spectral tarsier (Tarsius spectrumgurskyae) from Tangkoko Nature Reserve, Sulawesi,…

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Study: Male Great Tits Choose Their Neighbors Based on Personality
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Study: Male Great Tits Choose Their Neighbors Based on Personality

Male great tits (Parus major) choose neighbors with similar personalities to their own, according to new research from the University of Oxford, UK. Johnson et al assessed whether…

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Three Subspecies of Snow Leopard Revealed
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Three Subspecies of Snow Leopard Revealed

There are three different subspecies of the snow leopard (Panthera uncia), the world’s most elusive large big cat, according to a new study published in the Journal of…

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New Species of Butterfly Discovered in Israel: Acentria’s Fritillary
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New Species of Butterfly Discovered in Israel: Acentria’s Fritillary

A new species of the butterfly genus Melitaea has been discovered in northern Israel, according to a paper published in the journal Comparative Cytogenetics. The Acentria’s fritillary (Melitaea…

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New Study Expands Understanding of How DNA is Organized in Human Cells
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New Study Expands Understanding of How DNA is Organized in Human Cells

After decades of research aiming to understand how DNA is organized in our cells, a team of researchers from the Gladstone Institutes, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and…

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Leaf-Mimicking Insect, Freshwater Stingray, Omnivorous Rat among ESF’s Top 10 Species of 2016
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Leaf-Mimicking Insect, Freshwater Stingray, Omnivorous Rat among ESF’s Top 10 Species of 2016

An international team of taxonomists led by experts at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) selected the top 10 from among the approximately 18,000 new…

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Meet Sao Tome Grosbeak, World’s Largest Canary
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Meet Sao Tome Grosbeak, World’s Largest Canary

A critically endangered bird species called the São Tomé grosbeak is the world’s largest canary, 50% heavier than the next largest species, according to a new study published…

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New Glassfrog Species Discovered in Ecuador
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New Glassfrog Species Discovered in Ecuador

Herpetologists are claiming they have discovered a new species of frog living in the Amazonian lowlands of Ecuador. The Yaku glassfrog (Hyalinobatrachium yaku) in life. Top row: adult…

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Chimpanzees Show ‘Cumulative Culture’
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Chimpanzees Show ‘Cumulative Culture’

Chimpanzees share our human ability to amass knowledge, a new study led by a University of St Andrews researcher has found. Chimpanzees share the human capacity to build…

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Cryptic New Species of Flying Squirrel Identified in North America
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Cryptic New Species of Flying Squirrel Identified in North America

Scientists reporting in the Journal of Mammalogy on May 30 have identified a new species of flying squirrel living in the Pacific Coast region of North America. The…

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SYMPHY: Researchers Propose New ‘Tree of Life’ Framework that Incorporates Symbiomes
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SYMPHY: Researchers Propose New ‘Tree of Life’ Framework that Incorporates Symbiomes

In 1859, Charles Darwin included a novel tree of life in his book ‘On the Origin of Species.’ Now, a Rutgers University-led research team wants to reshape Darwin’s…

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New Species of Cottontail Rabbit Identified: Sylvilagus parentum
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New Species of Cottontail Rabbit Identified: Sylvilagus parentum

A new species of cottontail rabbit (genus Sylvilagus) has been described from the lowlands of western Suriname by Portland State University Professor Luis Ruedas. The Suriname lowland forest…

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Three New Chameleon Species Discovered in Central Africa
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Three New Chameleon Species Discovered in Central Africa

A team of herpetologists, led by Dr. Eli Greenbaum, associate professor of biological sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso, has discovered three new species of…

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Critically Endangered Dryas Monkeys Caught on Video
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Critically Endangered Dryas Monkeys Caught on Video

Using camera traps, primatologists from the Lukuru Foundation Tshuapa-Lomani-Lualaba (TL2) Project are the first to capture video footage of a previously unknown population of the critically endangered Dryas…

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Unique Reversible Saliva Keeps Frog Tongues Sticky
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Unique Reversible Saliva Keeps Frog Tongues Sticky

According to a new study published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, a frog’s saliva is thick and sticky during prey capture, then turns thin and…

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Stable Semi-Synthetic Bacterium Created
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Stable Semi-Synthetic Bacterium Created

Researchers from the United States, China and France have created what they say is the world’s first stable semi-synthetic microorganism. The research appears in the Proceedings of the…

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Thylacine Had Brain Structure Suited to Predatory Life Style
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Thylacine Had Brain Structure Suited to Predatory Life Style

A duo of researchers from the United States and Australia has used an imaging technique to reconstruct the brain architecture and neural networks of the thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus),…

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Ruby Seadragon Filmed Alive in Ocean for First Time
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Ruby Seadragon Filmed Alive in Ocean for First Time

A team of marine biologists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Western Australia Museum has captured on video the first-ever field sighting of the recently-discovered species of…

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Hoolock tianxing: New Species of Gibbon Discovered in Myanmar and China
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Hoolock tianxing: New Species of Gibbon Discovered in Myanmar and China

A new species of hoolock gibbon has been discovered in eastern Myanmar and southwestern China by an international team of scientists from the United States, the United Kingdom,…

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Study: Endogenous Retroviruses in Genome Important for Human Brain
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Study: Endogenous Retroviruses in Genome Important for Human Brain

About 8% of the human genome is composed of endogenous retroviruses. According to a new study published in the journal Cell Reports, these retroviruses may have played a…

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Bryanites graeffii: New Beetle Species Described from 150-Year-Old Museum Specimen
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Bryanites graeffii: New Beetle Species Described from 150-Year-Old Museum Specimen

A new species of ground beetle has been identified by Cornell University Professor James Liebherr. Holotype specimen of Bryanites graeffii. Image credit: J.K. Liebherr. “Bryanites graeffii is described…

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Retroviruses Originated in Ocean 450 Million Years Ago, New Study Says
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Retroviruses Originated in Ocean 450 Million Years Ago, New Study Says

Retroviruses (Retroviridae) — a family of viruses that includes pathogens such as HIV, feline leukemia, and several cancer-causing viruses — have an ancient marine origin and originated together…

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Hummingbirds Process Motion in Unique Way, Study Shows
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Hummingbirds Process Motion in Unique Way, Study Shows

According to new research published in the journal Current Biology, a key area of the hummingbird brain processes motion in a unique, unexpected way. The Anna’s hummingbird (Calypte…

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Biologists Discover New Type of Microbial Photosynthesis
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Biologists Discover New Type of Microbial Photosynthesis

An international team of biologists led by Washington State University Professor Haluk Beyenal has discovered a new type of cooperative photosynthesis that could be used in microbial communities…

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Researchers Discover Off-Switch for CRISPR-Cas9 System
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Researchers Discover Off-Switch for CRISPR-Cas9 System

A team of scientists at the University of California, San Francisco, has discovered a way to inactivate the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing system using newly identified bacteriophage proteins. The study…

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New Estimate: There are Over 18,000 Bird Species on Earth
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New Estimate: There are Over 18,000 Bird Species on Earth

A new study published in the journal PLoS ONE suggests that there are 18,043 bird species in the world — nearly twice as many as previously thought. Toucan.…

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Pointy-Nosed Blue Chimaera Spotted in North Pacific Ocean
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Pointy-Nosed Blue Chimaera Spotted in North Pacific Ocean

A large deep-water fish that was previously identified in the Southeastern Pacific has recently been found around the Hawaiian Islands and off the coast of Central California, according…

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Mysterious Sound Recorded in Mariana Trench Believed to be from Minke Whales
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Mysterious Sound Recorded in Mariana Trench Believed to be from Minke Whales

A strange sound in the Mariana Trench notable for its complexity likely represents the discovery of a new minke whale call, says a team of marine researchers from…

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Multi-Drug Resistant Bacteria Found Deep in New Mexico’s Lechuguilla Cave
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Multi-Drug Resistant Bacteria Found Deep in New Mexico’s Lechuguilla Cave

According to a team of researchers led by Gerald Wright, a professor of biochemistry and biomedical sciences at McMaster University, Lechuguilla Cave — an underground ecosystem that has…

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Mysterious Deep-Sea Animal Rediscovered after 116 Years
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Mysterious Deep-Sea Animal Rediscovered after 116 Years

Bathochordaeus charon — an extremely rare species of giant larvacean — has been rediscovered, more than a century after the only previous known specimens of the species were…

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Only Half of Chromosome is DNA, New Study Reveals
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Only Half of Chromosome is DNA, New Study Reveals

DNA makes up only half of the material inside chromosomes, according to a new study published in the journal Molecular Cell. Up to 47% of their structure is…

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Hen Harrier is Actually Two Different Species
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Hen Harrier is Actually Two Different Species

New research confirms that the hen harrier (Circus cyaneus), a medium-sized bird of prey found in parts of North America and Eurasia, is two different species of bird…

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LITE-1: Researchers Discover New Type of Photoreceptor
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LITE-1: Researchers Discover New Type of Photoreceptor

Scientists have discovered a new type of photoreceptor protein that is about 50 times more efficient at capturing light than the rhodopsin, a protein that resides in cell…

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Brazilian Capuchin Monkeys Unintentionally Make Sharp-Edged Stone Flakes
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Brazilian Capuchin Monkeys Unintentionally Make Sharp-Edged Stone Flakes

A University of Oxford-led team of scientists has observed bearded capuchins (Sapajus libidinosus) in Brazil deliberately break stones, unintentionally producing sharp-edged flakes that have the characteristics and morphology…

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