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Once Extinct in the Wild, Galapagos Giant Tortoises Return to Pinzon Island

Once Extinct in the Wild, Galapagos Giant Tortoises Return to Pinzon Island

Now here’s a great conservation success story: After more than 100 years, Galápagos giant tortoise hatchlings finally have a chance to thrive and survive on their native Pinzón Island, after conservationists cleared it of the invasive rats that nearly wiped out the animals...

August 2, 2013 — John R. Platt
The Flea

The Flea

Image of the Week #102, July 31st, 2013: From: How the Fleas’ Next of Kin Ended up Living on a Liverwort in Alaska by Jennifer Frazer at The Artful Amoeba.

July 31, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Lavasoa Dwarf Lemur is Cuddly and New

Look at this soft, fluffy bundle of newness. This little man is the Lavasoa dwarf lemur (Cheirogaleus lavasoensis), a newly described species of dwarf lemur from southern Madagascar.

July 31, 2013 — Becky Crew

Island Sanctuary Could Save Sex-Crazed Northern Quoll

Life is tough if you’re a northern quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus). These rare, cat-sized Australian marsupials don’t have very long life spans—especially males, which tend to die after their first mating experience when less than a year old...

June 11, 2014 — John R. Platt

Big-Eared Bat, Once Feared Extinct, Rediscovered after 120 Years

Sometimes research into one question reveals the answer to another. In July 2012 Catherine Hughes and Julie Broken-Brow, students at the University of Queensland in Australia, were in Papua New Guinea studying how the region’s tiny microbats responded to sustainable logging of their forest homes...

June 3, 2014 — John R. Platt
The Pitiful Human Lizard has Arrived

The Pitiful Human Lizard has Arrived

Toronto’s newest superhero accidentally trashes the Royal Ontario Museum. And although the ROM is my favourite place in Toronto, I enjoyed every page turning moment.

May 30, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
Spiny Baby Sea Bass Illustrates Surprising Physiques of Young Fish

Spiny Baby Sea Bass Illustrates Surprising Physiques of Young Fish

Among divers and marine biologists, it’s common knowledge that ocean fish lead double lives. Like birds and butterflies, their young often look nothing like the adults, but unlike birds and butterflies, it is the young that are often more beautiful and ornate than their parents...

May 27, 2014 — Jennifer Frazer
The Turtle with Human Eyes

The Turtle with Human Eyes

At first glance, most eyes look the same. There’s a small opening through which light passes. That light goes through the transparent liquid behind the lens and strikes the retina, a thin film of light-sensitive nerve cells that line the back of the eye...

March 19, 2014 — Jason G. Goldman
Controversies from the world of ratite and tinamou evolution (part I)

Controversies from the world of ratite and tinamou evolution (part I)

As blasphemous and offensive as it seems to say it, birds are pretty samey. Generally speaking, they're small flying things with long forelimbs, proportionally large heads with big, globular braincases, and grasping feet where an enlarged first toe (the hallux) opposes the remaining three...

March 18, 2014 — Darren Naish
Amazing Animation Meets Mouse Genetics

Amazing Animation Meets Mouse Genetics

How does a mouse build a burrow, and do genes help control this behavior? This was a question asked by members of the Hoekstra lab at Harvard.

May 6, 2014 — Joanne Manaster
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Scientific American Health & Medicine

Scientific American Health & Medicine