The findings not only challenge a long-accepted theory around lifespan, but also suggest new evidence that global warming could have a huge impact on the life expectancy among cold-blooded species.
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The study analyzed the effects of noise in over one hundred species, and concluded that noise pollution affecting animals is the norm, not the exception.
When the loss of species rapidly outpaces the formation of new species, this balance can be tipped enough to elicit what are known as “mass extinction” events.
Exposure to artificial light in coral reefs is stifling the clownfish’s ability to reproduce, further impacting the species made famous by the movie Finding Nemo.
The project is one of the first to use an advanced computer model to simulate the genetic and demographic outcomes of a species reintroduction by projecting 200 years into the future.
One surprising finding in this study was that when deciding how much to feed birds, people prioritized natural factors, such as cold weather, more than time and money.
You might think that mowing fields wouldn’t benefit monarch butterfly populations. New research from Michigan State University, however, shows that disturbances like mowing – at key times – might help boost the iconic butterfly’s numbers.
Pollinator populations are falling amid what has been termed an “insect pollinator health crisis,” and in the absence of sweeping international or federal action on this issue, it falls to state legislatures to come up with innovative solutions.
Duke University researchers have developed a new way to estimate lemur populations, providing valuable information for conservation efforts. So far, their population estimates are good news for some species and bad news for others.
Some scientists have suggested we need to protect half of Earth’s surface to preserve most of its species. A new Duke University-led study, however, cautions that it is the quality, not merely the quantity, of what we protect that matters.
Rather than venturing into new and alien habitats for the first time, large predators are re-colonizing ecosystems that used to be prime hunting grounds for them before humans decimated their populations.
A study by John Paulson and colleagues at Duke University found that elephants play an important role in Central Africa’s forests by dispersing seeds and nutrients and trampling foliage. A reduction in elephant populations would leave 96% of Central African forests susceptible to drastic change.