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When nature’s feathers are ruffled – Opinion More Opinion Stories ST Editorial – The Straits Times

… fauna have evolved alongside one another for many years, with each character playing its own important role in the ecosystem upon which others rely. To continue reading this article, please click on this link: Source: When nature’s feathers are ruffled – Opinion More Opinion Stories ST Editorial – The Straits Times …

World at risk of ’empty landscape’ as biggest herbivores face extinction

… including rhinoceroses, zebras, camels, elephants and hippopotamuses. The international team of scientists, led by William Ripple from Oregon State University, published its findings in the journal Science Advances. He told IBTimes UK the threat and extinction risk varies by species and that we do not fully understand all of the functions these animals provide: “But we’re learning and each of these species likely has an important role in the ecosystem,” he said. “One …

Males still necessary, even in asexually reproducing species – Science News – redOrbit

By Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com | April 18, 2015 Despite evolutionary adaptations that have allowed female members of some fish, reptile, and amphibian species to reproduce by cloning themselves, a new study published online recently in The Science of Nature shows that males still play an important role in reproduction. Researchers from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) discovered that even in species capable of perpetuate offspring through cloning, …

New research reveals that a species of bird ‘paints’ its own eggs with bacteria which protect the embryo

… the last few years the field of evolutive ecology has acknowledged “the important role played by bacteria, not just as infectious agents capable of producing diseases, but also as allies of animals and other living creatures in their struggle against disease, due to their extraordinary capacity to synthesise compounds with antimicrobial properties” In the case of the hoophoe’s uropygical gland, scientists have confirmed that its components are very different from those of other …