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Profit and ruin along the Western Ghats 

… biodiversity hot spots. The Zoological Survey of India reports that last year alone, 349 new species of flora and fauna were discovered in India; 22% of those were in the Western Ghats. Scientists discovered 14 new species of dancing frogs here. Some males blow out their throats while perched on a rock, and wave their legs alluringly in the air. Just the thought of it drives me mad with desire, so I can imagine what it does to the female frogs. That’s good! But: This area is also one of the …

Fossil Confirms Tropical Climate in North America

… lizards, or helmeted lizards, because of the ridge they have on their heads – in some species on just the males, and in others on both females and males. In naming this ancient ancestor of today’s Jesus lizards, Conrad said he had honored an indigenous people from Wyoming, the Shoshone, in whose language “babi” means cousin; pointing to the kind of genetic relationship the ancient species has to modern-day Jesus lizards. These reptiles are called that because of their ability to run …

Climate change is threatening to turn the world’s male reptiles into females

By Scott Hannaford | July 2, 2015 Bearded males be warned: climate change could be turning you into a pack of girls, at least if you’re a lizard. Scientists at the University of Canberra will on Thursday release a study showing rising global temperatures pose a serious risk of turning many of the world’s temperature-sensitive male reptiles into females, potentially creating entire female-only populations of some animals. “Once they become temperature dependent, the risk is that …

Frisky Casanovas may save stitchbirds from extinction

… territories or couple up with females but this doesn’t stop them from coercing already attached females into mating. They tend to be young males who roam around looking for love. While they have much lower breeding success rates compared with their cuckold counterparts, it is their ability to get females frisky that researchers say makes a real difference. It’s been shown to have a small yet significant impact on population size, as well as influencing sex ratio – factors that …

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