Warming warning over turtle feminization

Up to 93 percent of green turtle hatchlings could be female by 2100, as climate change causes 'feminization' of the species, new research suggests.

Extraordinary ‘faithful father’ revealed by study of smooth guardian frog of Borneo

Stay-at-home dads might find their spirit animal in the smooth guardian frog of Borneo. A new pair of research papers authored by an investigator at the University of Kansas shows the male of the...

Mitigating the effect of climate change on sea turtles

New research has reported effective conservation strategies that can mitigate the impacts of climate warming on sea turtle nesting success. In the article published by Scientific Reports, a range of experiments were conducted between 2012...

‘Old-fashioned fieldwork’ puts new frog species on the map

Months of old-fashioned scientific fieldwork -- more than 2,000 surveys of chirping frog calls, hundreds of photos of individual frogs and tiny tissue samples taken from them -- has helped define the range and...

Gigantic mammal ‘cousin’ discovered

During the Triassic period (252-201 million years ago) mammal-like reptiles called therapsids co-existed with ancestors to dinosaurs, crocodiles, mammals, pterosaurs, turtles, frogs, and lizards. One group of therapsids are the dicynodonts. Researchers at Uppsala...

Traffic noise stresses out frogs, but some have adapted

Frogs from noisy ponds near highways have altered stress and immune profiles compared to frogs from more quiet ponds -- changes that reduce the negative effects of traffic noise on the amphibians. According to...

Frogs breed young to beat virus

Frogs from groups exposed to a deadly virus are breeding at younger ages, new research suggests. Scientists studying European common frogs in the UK compared groups ("populations") exposed to ranavirus and those free from the...

Freshwater turtles navigate using the sun

Blanding's turtle hatchlings need only the sun as their compass to guide them on their way to the nearest wetland -- and a place of safety. This is according to John Dean Krenz of...

Embryos ‘remember’ the chemicals that they encounter

We all start out as a clump of identical cells. As these cells divide and multiply, they gradually take on distinct identities, acquiring the traits necessary to form, for instance, muscle tissue, bone, or...

Do neonicotinoids inhibit the development of anti-predatory behaviors in wood frogs?

In a recent study published in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, scientists investigated the effects of popular agricultural insecticides -- neonicotinoids -- on wood frogs. Neonicotinoids are highly water soluble and can be...

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