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September 18, 2014

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11:40 PM | Camera Traps Capture "Fantastically Bizarre" Animal Hitchhiking
Earlier this month, conservationists working in South Africa's Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park were very suprised when they reviewed photos snapped by their camera trap. Images revealed a mongoose-like genet hitch-hiking on the backs of at least two different species of animals — behavior never seen in the mammal. Read more...
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8:30 PM | Mammals Respond Instinctively To The Cries Of Other Species' Babies
If you've ever found yourself moved by the sound of a mewling kitten, or a whimpering pup, you know that our species can and does respond to the cries of other animals – but newly published findings suggest this quality is not unique to humans.Read more...
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12:00 PM | Pythons and the Land - The Bangladesh Python Project Part IV --Guest Post--
By Jon Hakim Make sure to start at Part I. “Snake call!  It's the python.  Are you up?  We got a call for the python.” The words were almost the same, but I woke up to see that Caesar's face held a grimace.  The call he feared had come.  Let's back up to the night before. In the last post I left you in a moment of triumph.  Kanai had led four of us right to our target species

Rahman, Shahriar Caesar & et al. (2013). Monsoon does matter: annual activity patterns in a snake assemblage from Bangladesh, The Herpetological Journal, 23 203-208.

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September 17, 2014

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10:18 PM | A Man Howls At The Woods – And The Woods Howl Back
It's call and response, coyote-style. And it's one of the most intense examples of human-animal communication you've ever heard. Read more...

September 15, 2014

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9:57 AM | Turritopsis Dohrnii - Is It Really Immortal?
The "Immortal" JellyfishCredit: Peter Schuchert/The Hydrozoa DirectoryKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: CnidariaClass: HydrozoaOrder: AnthoathecataFamily: OceaniidaeGenus: TurritopsisSpecies: Turritopsis dohrnii (formerly classified as T. nutricula.)Common Name: The immortal jellyfishMost of the animals featured on the site are chosen based on their unusual looks. However, this not the case with Turritopsis dohrnii, which seemingly has no notable morphological characteristics. On the outside, […]

Martínez DE (1998). Mortality patterns suggest lack of senescence in hydra., Experimental gerontology, 33 (3) 217-25. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9615920

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9:57 AM | Turritopsis Dohrnii - Is It Really Immortal?
The "Immortal" JellyfishCredit: Peter Schuchert/The Hydrozoa DirectoryKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: CnidariaClass: HydrozoaOrder: AnthoathecataFamily: OceaniidaeGenus: TurritopsisSpecies: Turritopsis dohrnii (formerly classified as T. nutricula.)Common Name: The immortal jellyfishMost of the animals featured on the site are chosen based on their unusual looks. However, this not the case with Turritopsis dohrnii, which seemingly has no notable morphological characteristics. On the outside, […]

Martínez DE (1998). Mortality patterns suggest lack of senescence in hydra., Experimental gerontology, 33 (3) 217-25. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9615920

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September 13, 2014

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5:00 PM | These Wasps Built Their Colony On A Window – And The View Is Incredible
Here's something you don't see every day: A glimpse at the internal structure of a rather large (and rather occupied) wasp nest. Put down the flamethrower and check it out. Trust us on this one, you'll want to see this.Read more...

September 11, 2014

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6:25 PM | Baby bird study proves innate ability for midair maneuvers
How did the earliest birds take wing? Did they fall from trees and learn to flap their forelimbs to avoid crashing? Or did they run […] The post Baby bird study proves innate ability for midair maneuvers appeared first on Smithsonian Science.
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4:00 AM | Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans
By John Marzluff and Tony Angell  Synopsis: Crows are mischievous, playful, social, and passionate. They have brains that are huge for their body size and exhibit an avian kind of eloquence. They mate for life and associate with relatives […]

September 10, 2014

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11:42 AM | Indian Purple Frog (Pignosed Frog)
Indian Purple FrogCredit: Karthickbala at ta.wikipedia (CC-BY-SA-3.0)via Wikimedia CommonsKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ChordataClass: AmphibiaOrder: AnuraFamily: SooglossidaeGenus: NasikabatrachusSpecies: Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensisConservation Status: EndageredCommon name(s):  Indian purple frog, Pignosed frog, Indian purple frogMeet the Indian puple frog, an endangered and odd-looking species of frog from the mountains of India’s Western Ghats.The species was formally […]

Biju SD & Bossuyt F (2003). New frog family from India reveals an ancient biogeographical link with the Seychelles., Nature, 425 (6959) 711-4. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14562102

Thomas A, Suyesh R, Biju SD & Bee MA (2014). Vocal behavior of the elusive purple frog of India (Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis), a fossorial species endemic to the Western Ghats., PloS one, 9 (2) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24516517

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11:42 AM | Indian Purple Frog (Pignosed Frog)
Indian Purple FrogCredit: Karthickbala at ta.wikipedia (CC-BY-SA-3.0)via Wikimedia CommonsKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ChordataClass: AmphibiaOrder: AnuraFamily: SooglossidaeGenus: NasikabatrachusSpecies: Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensisConservation Status: EndageredCommon name(s):  Indian purple frog, Pignosed frog, Indian purple frogMeet the Indian puple frog, an endangered and odd-looking species of frog from the mountains of India’s Western Ghats.The species was formally […]

Biju SD & Bossuyt F (2003). New frog family from India reveals an ancient biogeographical link with the Seychelles., Nature, 425 (6959) 711-4. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14562102

Thomas A, Suyesh R, Biju SD & Bee MA (2014). Vocal behavior of the elusive purple frog of India (Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis), a fossorial species endemic to the Western Ghats., PloS one, 9 (2) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24516517

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11:42 AM | Indian Purple Frog (Pignosed Frog)
Indian Purple FrogCredit: Karthickbala at ta.wikipedia (CC-BY-SA-3.0)via Wikimedia CommonsKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ChordataClass: AmphibiaOrder: AnuraFamily: SooglossidaeGenus: NasikabatrachusSpecies: Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensisConservation Status: EndageredCommon name(s):  Indian purple frog, Pignosed frog, Indian purple frogMeet the Indian puple frog, an endangered and odd-looking species of frog from the mountains of India’s Western Ghats.The species was formally […]

Biju SD & Bossuyt F (2003). New frog family from India reveals an ancient biogeographical link with the Seychelles., Nature, 425 (6959) 711-4. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14562102

Thomas A, Suyesh R, Biju SD & Bee MA (2014). Vocal behavior of the elusive purple frog of India (Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis), a fossorial species endemic to the Western Ghats., PloS one, 9 (2) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24516517

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11:42 AM | Indian Purple Frog (Pignosed Frog)
Indian Purple FrogCredit: Karthickbala at ta.wikipedia (CC-BY-SA-3.0)via Wikimedia CommonsKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ChordataClass: AmphibiaOrder: AnuraFamily: SooglossidaeGenus: NasikabatrachusSpecies: Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensisConservation Status: EndageredCommon name(s):  Indian purple frog, Pignosed frog, Indian purple frogMeet the Indian puple frog, an endangered and odd-looking species of frog from the mountains of India’s Western Ghats.The species was formally […]

Biju SD & Bossuyt F (2003). New frog family from India reveals an ancient biogeographical link with the Seychelles., Nature, 425 (6959) 711-4. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14562102

Thomas A, Suyesh R, Biju SD & Bee MA (2014). Vocal behavior of the elusive purple frog of India (Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis), a fossorial species endemic to the Western Ghats., PloS one, 9 (2) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24516517

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11:42 AM | Indian Purple Frog (Pignosed Frog)
Indian Purple FrogCredit: Karthickbala at ta.wikipedia (CC-BY-SA-3.0)via Wikimedia CommonsKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ChordataClass: AmphibiaOrder: AnuraFamily: SooglossidaeGenus: NasikabatrachusSpecies: Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensisConservation Status: EndageredCommon name(s):  Indian purple frog, Pignosed frog, Indian purple frogMeet the Indian puple frog, an endangered and odd-looking species of frog from the mountains of India’s Western Ghats.The species was formally […]

Biju SD & Bossuyt F (2003). New frog family from India reveals an ancient biogeographical link with the Seychelles., Nature, 425 (6959) 711-4. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14562102

Thomas A, Suyesh R, Biju SD & Bee MA (2014). Vocal behavior of the elusive purple frog of India (Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis), a fossorial species endemic to the Western Ghats., PloS one, 9 (2) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24516517

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11:42 AM | Indian Purple Frog (Pignosed Frog)
Indian Purple FrogCredit: Karthickbala at ta.wikipedia (CC-BY-SA-3.0)via Wikimedia CommonsKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ChordataClass: AmphibiaOrder: AnuraFamily: SooglossidaeGenus: NasikabatrachusSpecies: Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensisConservation Status: EndageredCommon name(s):  Indian purple frog, Pignosed frog, Indian purple frogMeet the Indian puple frog, an endangered and odd-looking species of frog from the mountains of India’s Western Ghats.The species was formally […]

Biju SD & Bossuyt F (2003). New frog family from India reveals an ancient biogeographical link with the Seychelles., Nature, 425 (6959) 711-4. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14562102

Thomas A, Suyesh R, Biju SD & Bee MA (2014). Vocal behavior of the elusive purple frog of India (Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis), a fossorial species endemic to the Western Ghats., PloS one, 9 (2) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24516517

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11:42 AM | Indian Purple Frog (Pignosed Frog)
Indian Purple FrogCredit: Karthickbala at ta.wikipedia (CC-BY-SA-3.0)via Wikimedia CommonsKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ChordataClass: AmphibiaOrder: AnuraFamily: SooglossidaeGenus: NasikabatrachusSpecies: Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensisConservation Status: EndageredCommon name(s):  Indian purple frog, Pignosed frog, Indian purple frogMeet the Indian puple frog, an endangered and odd-looking species of frog from the mountains of India’s Western Ghats.The species was formally […]

Biju SD & Bossuyt F (2003). New frog family from India reveals an ancient biogeographical link with the Seychelles., Nature, 425 (6959) 711-4. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14562102

Thomas A, Suyesh R, Biju SD & Bee MA (2014). Vocal behavior of the elusive purple frog of India (Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis), a fossorial species endemic to the Western Ghats., PloS one, 9 (2) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24516517

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11:42 AM | Indian Purple Frog (Pignosed Frog)
Indian Purple FrogCredit: Karthickbala at ta.wikipedia (CC-BY-SA-3.0)via Wikimedia CommonsKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ChordataClass: AmphibiaOrder: AnuraFamily: SooglossidaeGenus: NasikabatrachusSpecies: Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensisConservation Status: EndageredCommon name(s):  Indian purple frog, Pignosed frog, Indian purple frogMeet the Indian puple frog, an endangered and odd-looking species of frog from the mountains of India’s Western Ghats.The species was formally […]

Biju SD & Bossuyt F (2003). New frog family from India reveals an ancient biogeographical link with the Seychelles., Nature, 425 (6959) 711-4. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14562102

Thomas A, Suyesh R, Biju SD & Bee MA (2014). Vocal behavior of the elusive purple frog of India (Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis), a fossorial species endemic to the Western Ghats., PloS one, 9 (2) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24516517

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September 09, 2014

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2:02 PM | Our birds are in real trouble. Can we fix it? Yes we can!
The report card is in for the state of the birds in the USA. So how did we do? Certainly not an A+ or even […] The post Our birds are in real trouble. Can we fix it? Yes we can! appeared first on Smithsonian Science.
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2:01 PM | “The State of the Birds” assesses health of nation’s birds
One hundred years after the extinction of the passenger pigeon, the nation’s top bird science and conservation groups have come together to publish The State […] The post “The State of the Birds” assesses health of nation’s birds appeared first on Smithsonian Science.
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2:01 PM | The State of the Birds: Four critical habitats
Wetlands Wetlands are one of the habitats to benefit most from conservation. The North American Wetlands Conservation Act has enabled strategic conservation projects covering a […] The post The State of the Birds: Four critical habitats appeared first on Smithsonian Science.
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2:00 PM | The State of the Birds
The nation’s top bird science and conservation groups have come together to publish The State of the Birds 2014—the most comprehensive review of long-term trend […] The post The State of the Birds appeared first on Smithsonian Science.
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2:00 PM | The State of the Birds: FAQs
Q: Are things getting better or worse for birds in the United States? The 2014 The State of the Birds report provides both encouraging and […] The post The State of the Birds: FAQs appeared first on Smithsonian Science.

September 06, 2014

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11:03 AM | Murmuration over Otmoor | @GrrlScientist
Tens of thousands of starlings produce spectacular sky shows with their movements at sunset as they gather together every evening during autumn and winter.September has arrived, so you all know what that means: the beginnings of huge bird flocks in autumn and winter! Just as humans spend more time congregating in pubs in autumn and winter, starlings also gather together in large numbers at these times. Every evening as the sun sets, small groups of a dozen or so individual birds follow aerial […]

September 04, 2014

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6:07 PM | Faithful crabs engage in risky behavior when opportunity arises
In theory, crabs of the species Planes major should stay true to their mates for life. Heterosexual pairs of these small crustaceans live on loggerhead […] The post Faithful crabs engage in risky behavior when opportunity arises appeared first on Smithsonian Science.
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1:40 PM | Bizarre Sea Creatures Force Scientists To Create New Category Of Life
Marine biologists have identified two new species of sea-dwelling, mushroom-shaped creatures that don't belong to any known taxonomic classification. Say hello to a completely new genus: Dendrogramma.Read more...
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1:25 PM | Newly described animals do not fit into known phylum
A new kind of animal, Dendrogramma, looks like a mushroom but does not fit into either the jellyfish or comb jelly family. It resembles fossils of some very ancient fauna. Their discovery could change the way scientists currently think organisms evolved. New Deep-Sea Animal Species Look Like Mushrooms but Defy Classification. The tiny animals, less… Source: Doubtful News

September 03, 2014

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9:00 PM | Cockatoos Learn To Make Tools By Watching Their Friends
More than fifty years ago, humans were pretty well convinced that they were special, different from the rest of the animal kingdom. That all changed in 1964 when Jane Goodall reported her observations of tool use in chimpanzees. Now we have evidence that Goffin's cockatoos, parrots that don't use tools in the wild, have the cognitive capacity to learn to manufacture, modify, and use tools anyway.Read more...
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12:46 PM | Before there were none | @GrrlScientist
What was it like to witness a flock of passenger pigeons flying overhead? What did this spectacle look and sound like? Start by imagining a murmuration of starlings multiplied by a thousand times ...The passenger pigeon was driven to extinction (by people, of course) one hundred years and two days ago, when the last individual, a captive-bred individual named Martha, died at the Cincinnati Zoo on 1 September 1914. One of the first things that astounds most people about passenger pigeons are […]

September 02, 2014

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11:26 AM | The passenger pigeon by Errol Fuller | review | @GrrlScientist
Written by an artist and authority on extinct species, this book shares rare photographs and other visual materials to provide a general overview to the history of the extinct passenger pigeon.Men still live who, in their youth, remember pigeons. Trees still live who, in their youth, were shaken by a living wind. But a decade hence only the oldest oaks will remember, and at long last only the hills will know. -- Leopold Aldo, A Sand County Almanac: And Sketches Here and There (1949, 1989. New […]

September 01, 2014

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11:56 AM | New Clues Revealed about the Longevity of Naked Mole Rats
Naked Mole RatCredit: UT Health Science Center at San AntonioThe hairless, odd-looking creature in the photo is a naked mole rat (Heterocephalus glaber).Among many weird traits, the species also holds the record for longest living rodent. For comparison, the house mouse (Mus musculus) has a maximum lifespan of just 2-3 years, whereas naked mole rats have been recorded to live as much as 32 years!The exact mechanisms behind the species remarkable longevity have yet to be clearly unveiled, […]

Rodriguez KA, Osmulski PA, Pierce A, Weintraub ST, Gaczynska M & Buffenstein R (2014). A cytosolic protein factor from the naked mole-rat activates proteasomes of other species and protects these from inhibition., Biochimica et biophysica acta, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25018089

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