Svalbard reindeer in the Arctic wilderness. Copyright: Erik Ropstad Often portrayed as pulling Santa’s sleigh, reindeer are a Christmas staple. Now, ecologists have found that reindeer are shrinking due to the impact of climate change on their food supplies. Speaking at the British Ecological Society annual meeting in Liverpool this week, researchers will reveal that

The global giraffe population has plummeted by up to 40% over the last 30 years, and the species has been listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.Image Credit: Flickr/Tracy Gill Over 700 newly recognized bird species have been assessed for the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM, and 11% of

Illustration showing size comparison of Australian marsupials including new extinct species of carnivorous marsupial, Whollydooleya tomnpatrichorum, from New Riversleigh fossil site in Queensland.Credit: Illustration: Karen Black/UNSW A new species of extinct flesh-eating marsupial that terrorised Australia’s drying forests about 5 million years ago has been identified from a fossil discovered in remote northwestern Queensland. The

Analysis of rocks unearthed in Oman that were formed in an ancient ocean around the time of Earth’s greatest mass extinction have helped explain why life on Earth took so long to recover.Credit: D. Astratti Scientists have shed light on why life on Earth took millions of years to recover from the greatest mass extinction

Global climate change caused by soot aerosol at the K-Pg boundary.Credit: Kunio Kaiho A new hypothesis on the extinction of dinosaurs and ammonites at the end of the Cretaceous Period has been proposed by a research team from Tohoku University and the Japan Meteorological Agency’s Meteorological Research Institute. The researchers believe that massive amounts of

A new study indicates that sharks of the same species can have different personalities. Certain Port Jackson sharks were bolder than others in tests of the propensity of individuals to emerge from cover and explore a novel, potentially dangerous habitat. Also, certain sharks were more stressed when held out of water. Boldness and handling stress

This is Sclerocormus parviceps, the newly described marine reptile. Credit: Copyright Da-yong Jiang Two hundred and fifty million years ago, life on earth was in a tail-spin–climate change, volcanic eruptions, and rising sea levels contributed to a mass extinction that makes the death of the dinosaurs look like child’s play. Marine life got hit hardest–96%

This chart presents ten years’ worth of results from an annual survey of honey bee colony loss conducted by the Bee Informed Partnership. Originally designed to only track winter losses, the survey began tracking summer (and therefore total annual) loss rates in the year spanning 2010-2011. Credit: Bee Informed Partnership/University of Maryland Beekeepers across the

This is an image of the ‘Tully Monster’ fossil and ‘meatball’ and ‘sausage’ melanosomes. Credit: University of Leicester A 300 million year-old fossil mystery has been solved by a research team led by the University of Leicester, which has identified that the ancient ‘Tully Monster’ was a vertebrate — due to the unique characteristics of

In this artist’s rendering of the Asilisaurus kongwe, the animal is shown as it would walk and move about. The stripes are artistic license, although the animal’s ‘proto-feathers’ are likely. ‘We have good reason to think they probably had some sort of simple feather-like structures … but we haven’t found evidence of this yet,” said

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