Giant pill-millipedes that chirp while mating discovered in Madagascar

An international team of researchers comprised of Thomas Wesener, Museum Koenig, Bonn, Daniel Le, Field Museum, Chicago and Stephanie Loria, American Museum of Natural History, New York, discovered seven new species of chirping giant pill-millipedes on Madagascar. The study was READ MORE

Extinction and recolonization of coastal megafauna following human arrival in New Zealand

Ancient DNA research has been applied to demonstrate the dynamic response of natural ecosystems to human impacts, with the discovery of distinct genetic lineages of coastal megafauna on New Zealand’s coastline prior to human arrival that have since been replaced READ MORE

Blind species of cavefish discovered in southern Indiana has an anus right behind its head

A new eyeless cavefish is described from Indiana and named after the Indiana Hoosiers. It is the first new cavefish species described from the U.S. in 40 years. Notably, it has an anus right behind its head, and the females READ MORE

Did Humans Kill Off All The Large Animals? As homo sapiens spread across the globe, they hunted animals as well as their prey, extinguishing many species.

A new study unequivocally points to humans as the cause of the mass extinction of large animals all over the world during the course of the last 100,000 years. Was it mankind or climate change that caused the extinction of READ MORE

Young forests suck up more carbon dioxide than old forests

WOODS HOLE, Mass.— As forests age, their ability to grow decreases, a new study by Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) scientists and colleagues has determined. Since most U.S. forests are maturing from regeneration that began about 100 years ago when extensive READ MORE

Modern ocean acidification is outpacing ancient acidification upheaval

Some 56 million years ago, a massive pulse of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere sent global temperatures soaring. In the oceans, carbonate sediments dissolved, some organisms went extinct and others evolved. Scientists have long suspected that ocean acidification caused the READ MORE

Preserving Cuttlefish and a Valuable Fishing Industry Cooperating with cuttlefish fishermen to help preserve cuttlefish eggs and fisherman livelihood proves challenging.

Once upon a time, in a sea far far away, called Adriatic Sea, there were many cuttlefish. These delicate creatures spent their short life in the deep but before dying, they began a journey to a special place: the lagoon. This sheltered habitat READ MORE