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Sunday Species Snapshot: Blue-Crowned Laughingthrush

Sunday Species Snapshot: Blue-Crowned Laughingthrush

There isn’t much to laugh about when we’re talking about the blue-crowned laughingthrush. Only about 250 of these rare birds, whose songs sound like human laughter, remain in the wild...

February 16, 2014 — John R. Platt
16 Arms + 6 Hearts = Love? Watch an Octopus Blind Date Live

16 Arms + 6 Hearts = Love? Watch an Octopus Blind Date Live

  This Valentine’s Day, two octopuses are getting set up on a blind date. And you can watch what happens. Ace, a male giant Pacific octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) between 40 and 50 pounds and two-and-a-half to three-years old, and YoYo, a female of a similar size and age, will be introduced for the first time [...]..

February 14, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage
Eat Small: Why our Big Fish Problem is leading to big fish problems

Eat Small: Why our Big Fish Problem is leading to big fish problems

The following is an excerpt from Patrick Mustain’s post on the Food Matters blog: We like big fish. And thats a problem, according to Andy Sharpless, CEO of the ocean conservation organization Oceana, and co-author (along with Suzannah Evans) of the book The Perfect Protein...

February 13, 2014 — Carin Bondar
Obscure and attractive monitor lizards to know and love

Obscure and attractive monitor lizards to know and love

Everybody loves monitor lizards, or varanids. And there is so much to learn about, and to appreciate, in these remarkable, charismatic, complex, sophisticated lizards that scientists across many disciplines are being encouraged to study them and lo to make remarkable discoveries...

February 12, 2014 — Darren Naish
Manumea Found: Strange Bird Seen Breeding for the First Time in a Decade

Manumea Found: Strange Bird Seen Breeding for the First Time in a Decade

When a rare species is seen and photographed for the first time in a decade, it tends to be cause for celebration. When that sighting is of a juvenile, indicating that the rare species is breeding…well then, it might be time to break out the champagne...

February 11, 2014 — John R. Platt
Is Buddhism the Most Science-Friendly Religion?

Is Buddhism the Most Science-Friendly Religion?

Here is some sad news, courtesy of the Pew Research Centers Religion & Public Life Project. Not only is there a growing gap between Democrats and Republicans when it comes to acceptance of evolution, with Democrats at a mere 67 percent and Republicans a paltry and horrifyingly low 43 percent...

February 11, 2014 — David Barash
Up Close and Personal With a Humpback Whale

Up Close and Personal With a Humpback Whale

Wow. I’m not sure what impressed me more – the humpback vocalizations or the fact that this ‘Crazy Cameraman’ must have nerves of steel.

February 10, 2014 — Carin Bondar
Lion Tamarins versus Climate Change

Lion Tamarins versus Climate Change

Ecologically speaking, humans maintain a pretty broad niche. We can adapt to live just about anywhere. Most other species aren’t that lucky.

February 10, 2014 — John R. Platt
The pain of not getting cited: oversight, laziness, or malice?

The pain of not getting cited: oversight, laziness, or malice?

Its time to republish this classic article from Tet Zoo ver 2 (originally published in September 2009). The problem Im concerned with certainly hasnt gone away, and in fact is on my mind right now since Ive seen a couple of recent, egregious examples...

February 10, 2014 — Darren Naish
Sunday Species Snapshot: Coquerel’s Sifaka

Sunday Species Snapshot: Coquerel’s Sifaka

These medium-sized lemurs, known for their delightful leaping ability, were only recognized as their own species in 2001, which undoubtedly slowed conservation efforts.

February 9, 2014 — John R. Platt
Australia, land of dragons (part II)

Australia, land of dragons (part II)

Time for more Australian agamids, or amphibolurines, or dragons, whichever you prefer. Last time round, we looked at the water dragons, Moloch and a few other taxa, meaning that all thats left to get through is the remainder...

February 7, 2014 — Darren Naish
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