Shock Discovery Reveals The Giant Anaconda Is More Than One Species : ScienceAlert

The green anaconda has long been considered one of the Amazon’s most formidable and mysterious animals. Our new research upends scientific understanding of this magnificent creature, revealing it is actually two genetically different species. The surprising finding opens a new chapter in conservation of this top jungle predator. Green anacondas are the world’s heaviest snakes, … Read more

People Value a Single Human Life Over Entire Species, Survey Reveals : ScienceAlert

Australia is in the grip of an escalating extinction crisis. Since colonisation, 100 native plant and animal species have become formally listed as extinct due to human activities. The actual number is undoubtedly far higher. Surveys suggest Australians want to prevent extinctions, regardless of the financial cost. But when it comes to the crunch, how … Read more

This Species Is Slowly Becoming Nocturnal For a Very Disturbing Reason : ScienceAlert

Alpine ibexes usually descend from the safety of Europe’s mountainous heights during the day to feast on grasses found at lower altitudes. But researchers tracking these animals noticed they’ve become increasingly less inclined to make this daytime vertical migration. These big-horned goats (Capra ibex) now spend more time resting when it’s light and foraging instead … Read more

Half of migratory animal species are in decline – many face extinction

The wandering albatross (Diomedea exulans) is classed as vulnerable to extinction imageBROKER.com GmbH & Co. KG /Alamy Hundreds of migratory species – from humpback whales to wandering albatrosses – are under threat because of human activity, according to the first United Nations report on the animals. The State of the World’s Migratory Species report, released … Read more

Surprise Discovery Shows Blue Whales Have Been Mating With Another Species : ScienceAlert

New research suggests interspecies hanky panky between blue and fin whales is more common than we thought, at least in certain parts of the world. Genome sequencing of North Atlantic blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus musculus) revealed around 3.5 percent of the group’s DNA came from a neighboring species, fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus). The scientists from … Read more

Spider webs collect DNA that reveals the species living nearby

Spider webs capture airborne DNA Vechterova Valeria/Shutterstock Elephants, giraffes and rhinos can all be caught in spider webs – or at least their DNA can. Josh Newton at Curtin University in Western Australia and his colleagues have found that spider webs capture the DNA of creatures living nearby, providing researchers with a novel method of … Read more

Robotic dodecahedron searches the deep sea for new species

The robotic dodecahedron (circled) mounted on a submersible Brennan Phillips A robotic dodecahedron can capture fragile deep-sea animals to collect tissues samples and construct three-dimensional scans of the creatures, potentially speeding up the cataloguing of the up to 66 per cent of ocean species that are yet to be described by science. Brennan Phillips at … Read more

Which Lost Species May be Found Again? Huge Study Reveals Clues

Gison Morib was home lying in bed, sick from exhaustion after a month-long jungle expedition, when his phone buzzed and a black-and-white photograph appeared. Morib ran outside, jumped on his motorbike and sped through the city of Sentani on Indonesian New Guinea to his colleagues’ expedition and research base—where he broke down in tears. “I … Read more