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Gigantic new turtle fossil discovered


July 12th, 2012 - 6:04 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 12 (IANS) Paleontologists have discovered a gigantic new species of fossil turtle that lived 60 million years ago in what is now northwestern South America.Named Puentemys mushaisaensis because ... Read more...

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Snails rode over birds to cross continents?


September 15th, 2011 - 4:30 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 15 (IANS) Like humans use aeroplanes for flying, snails may have ridden over shorebirds or stuck to their legs to cross Central America twice in the past million ... Read more...

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Tropical forest growth could worsen carbon dioxide problem


August 16th, 2011 - 7:21 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
London, August 16 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Researchers from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and the University of Cambridge, UK have reported that more trees may rather worsen the carbon dioxide problem the ... Read more...

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X-rated worm tapes reveal how sex shapes sperm


January 11th, 2011 - 2:41 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan 11 (ANI): A series of 'sex videos' of worms have revealed how sex shapes sperm, according to evolutionary biologists Lukas Scharer and his wife Dita Vizoso at the University of ... Read more...

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Global warming threat to tropical rainforests exaggerated


November 14th, 2010 - 12:08 pm ICT by IANS
London, Nov 14 (IANS) The threat to tropical rainforests from global warming may have been exaggerated, says a new study.Researchers have shown that the world's tropical forests thrived in the far distant ... Read more...

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Global warming 60m years ago improved Tropical forest diversity


November 12th, 2010 - 3:07 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 12 (ANI): Global warming may not have any adverse effect on the Tropical forests, as scientists have suggested that nearly 60 million years ago rainforests prospered at temperatures that were ... Read more...

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Earth’s highest coastal mountain has moved 2,200 km in 170m years


September 21st, 2010 - 2:09 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sept 21 (ANI): The highest coastal mountain on Earth, Colombia's Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, has been on the move for a long, long time as indicated by a new study.The ... Read more...

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A frog’s vibes attracts mates


June 30th, 2010 - 3:00 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, June 30 (IANS) Unlike his peers, the red-eyed tree frog does not croak the loudest or make pretty sounds to attract mates but generates vibes to improve its romantic prospects. The ... Read more...

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Two new frog species discovered in Panama


May 28th, 2010 - 2:41 pm ICT by IANS
Panama City, May 28 (DPA) Scientists have discovered two new frog species in Panama's rainforests at a time when many of the amphibians are threatened by a fungal disease driving them toward ... Read more...

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Tree frogs convey aggression using body vibrations


May 21st, 2010 - 5:27 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 21 (ANI): Researchers at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama have discovered that male red-eyed tree frogs communicate with one another in aggressive contests by using vibrations they send ... Read more...

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Birds protect trees by eating insects


April 8th, 2010 - 1:58 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 8 (ANI): Birds, bats and lizards protect trees by reducing the numbers of leaf-eating insects, a new research has found."Our findings are relevant to natural communities like grasslands and forests, ... Read more...

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Ancient croc kin likely food for largest ever snake


February 3rd, 2010 - 3:56 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 3 (IANS) A 60-million-year-old croc kin was a likely food source for Titanoboa, the largest snake the world has ever known. Working with scientists from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in ... Read more...

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World’s largest snake feasted on ancient croc relative 60 mln yrs ago


February 3rd, 2010 - 2:51 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, February 3 (ANI): In a new research, a team of paleontologists has found that the likely food source for Titanoboa, the largest snake the world has ever known, was a 60-million-year-old ... Read more...

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Indians very pessimistic about tackling climate change: report


November 2nd, 2009 - 7:59 pm ICT by IANS
By Dipankar De Sarkar London, Nov 2 (IANS) Optimism that climate change can be managed has fallen more sharply in India than in any other major economy of the world, according to an ... Read more...

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Roads are the biggest threat to tropical rainforests


October 26th, 2009 - 3:40 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Oct 26 (IANS) Roads, the most visible symbols of progress, are the biggest threat to the world's tropical rainforests, says a new study. "Clearing wide paths in any forest has a strong ... Read more...

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Invading ‘killer bees’ may increase food supplies for native bees


October 2nd, 2009 - 2:12 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, October 2 (ANI): A long-term study of the Africanized bee invasion of Mexico's Yucatan shows that invading 'killer bees' may actually increase food resources for native bees.Aggressive African bees were accidentally ... Read more...

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Caribbean’s marine species survived extinction by having sex


July 29th, 2009 - 4:32 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 29 (ANI): Fossil records of organisms in the Caribbean Sea show that if a species could shift from clonal to sexual reproduction, it can survive extinction, which suggests that environmental ... Read more...

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Fossil teeth of ancient browsing horse found in Panama Canal earthworks


June 9th, 2009 - 3:48 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 9 (ANI): A paleontologist has unearthed a set of fossil teeth of a browsing horse in Panama Canal earthworks, which roamed the area between 15 and 18 million years ago.The ... Read more...

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Bees extend hind legs to stay stable in wind


June 3rd, 2009 - 4:09 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 3 (ANI): A new research has shown that some bees brace themselves against wind and turbulence by extending their sturdy hind legs while flying.But, this approach comes at a steep ... Read more...

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Snipping genitals of male tsetse fly effects female reproduction


May 15th, 2009 - 12:57 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 15 (IANS) By altering parts of male genitalia in tsetse flies, researchers induced changes in female reproduction, including reduced ovulation, reduced sperm storage and increased re-mating attempts by the females. ... Read more...

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Mites’ live-in relationship with bees benefits both species


April 21st, 2009 - 5:13 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 21 (ANI): A new research on mutually beneficial cleaning relationships in animals, takes the example of mites, who occupy the nests of tropical sweat bees where they keep fungi in ... Read more...

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African tropical forests playing key role in mitigating global warming


February 20th, 2009 - 4:02 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 20 (ANI): A new report in the journal Nature has shown that trees in intact African tropical forests hold more carbon now than they did 40 years ago, which ... Read more...

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Fossil of three-foot thick, super-gigantic snake unearthed


February 5th, 2009 - 6:23 pm ICT by IANS
London, Feb 5 (IANS) Scientists have stumbled on the remains of a 60-million-year-old snake whose sheer size, thickness and weight boggles the imagination, and beside which anacondas and pythons today would seem ... Read more...

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60-mln yr old giant snake would have made modern anacondas seem like garter snakes


February 5th, 2009 - 12:59 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 5 (ANI): Scientists have found fossils from a 60-million-year-old South American snake, which is the largest snake on record, and would have outsized even present day anacondas, making them ... Read more...

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Secondary forests are worth saving as they can show signs of biodiversity


January 21st, 2009 - 3:08 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan 21 (ANI): A new research has determined that tropical forest that has regrown after clear-cutting can become almost as biodiverse as untouched forest, and are worth conserving.According to a ... Read more...

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Biofuels may harm environment: Experts


December 7th, 2008 - 5:55 pm ICT by IANS
Panama City, Dec 7 (IANS) Extensive cultivation of biofuel crops, aimed at reducing the greenhouse gas or carbon emissions, have posed the "risk of ultimately harming the environment", experts have said.Scientists ... Read more...

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Ancient Peruvians ate well, suggests evidence from prehistoric teeth


December 2nd, 2008 - 12:41 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 2 (ANI): The diet of ancient Peruvians was quite filling, with a variety of cultivated crops including squash, beans, peanuts and the fruit of cultivated pacay trees, as revealed ... Read more...

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Panamanian termites fastest mandible strike can kill nest invaders in one hit on head


November 25th, 2008 - 11:38 am ICT by ANI
Washington, November 25 (ANI): The termite Termes panamensis (Snyder) can kill a would-be nest invader just by hitting it once on its head, according to a new study.Marc Seid and ... Read more...

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Genetic study confirms disocvery of new fish in Pacific waters


August 22nd, 2008 - 3:40 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, August 22 (ANI): A new genetic study has confirmed the discovery of a new species of fisha grouper that reaches more than six feet in length and can weigh nearly ... Read more...

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Extinction most likely for rare trees in the Amazon rainforest


August 14th, 2008 - 4:30 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, August 14 (ANI): Scenarios based on a neutral theory has suggested that rare trees in the Amazon rainforest are more likely to go extinct than common species.Common tree species in ... Read more...

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Are rare trees in Amazon rainforest on way to extinction?


August 14th, 2008 - 1:37 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 14 (IANS) Common tree species will survive deforestation and road-building, but half of the rare trees in the Amazon could become extinct, Smithsonian scientists have warned. How resilient will natural ... Read more...

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Scientists blame lack of political will for death of oceans


August 14th, 2008 - 1:34 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 14 (IANS) Scientists blamed "lack of political will and greed of special interests" for the gradual death of oceans and outlined a slew of immediate steps to reverse the process. ... Read more...

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Drivers of tropical deforestation are changing, say scientists


August 7th, 2008 - 4:55 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, August 7 (ANI): Scientists have said that the drivers of tropical deforestation are changing from poverty-driven to industry-driven deforestation, which threatens the worlds tropical forests, but offers new opportunities for ... Read more...

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Destruction of tropical forests driven by corporate greed


August 6th, 2008 - 4:17 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 6 (IANS) The sharp increase in deforestation by the corporate world is also providing environmentalists with clear targets that can be pressurised to be more responsive to ecological concerns, according ... Read more...

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Parasitic fly helps determine a bees future as queen or worker


July 29th, 2008 - 3:56 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 29 (ANI): Researchers from the University of Washington and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute say that a tiny parasitic fly seems to be affecting the social behaviour of the ... Read more...

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