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Emperor penguins join threatened species list, thanks to climate change
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Emperor penguins join threatened species list, thanks to climate change

Climate change has pushed emperor penguins, the largest species of penguin on Earth, onto the threatened species list, which means the iconic Antarctic birds are likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future.  A study published last year highlighted the imminent threats to the survival of emperor penguins (Aptenodytes forsteri). It found that up to...

Scientists Discover Several New Species of Sunbirds
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Scientists Discover Several New Species of Sunbirds

Ornithologists from Trinity College Dublin and the Universitas Halu Oleo have identified several cryptic species in two sunbird genera, Cinnyris and Leptocoma. A male Wakatobi sunbird. Image credit: Nicola Marples & David Kelly, Trinity College Dublin. The sunbirds (Nectariniidae) are a family of small passerine birds with a distribution extending from Africa in the west...

Several beautiful new bird species found on remote Indonesian islands
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Several beautiful new bird species found on remote Indonesian islands

A male black sunbird. Credit: Nicola Marples and David Kelly, Trinity College Dublin. Zoologists from Trinity College Dublin, working with a research team in Indonesia, have found several new species of colorful, tropical sunbirds. The zoologists have identified a new species, the Wakatobi sunbird (Cinnyris infrenatus), which lives on the tiny Wakatobi Islands in central...

New Species of Pterosaur Unearthed in Angola
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New Species of Pterosaur Unearthed in Angola

Paleontologists have identified a new genus and species of pteranodontian pterosaur from fossilized bones found in the Republic of Angola. An artist’s impression of pterosaurs from the suborder Pterodactyloidea. Image credit: Mark Witton. Pterosaurs were the first vertebrates to evolve powered flight. These creatures lived at the same time as non-avian dinosaurs, between 210 million...

Rhododendron flower species keep a ‘bloom calendar’
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Rhododendron flower species keep a ‘bloom calendar’

Evolution’s unofficial slogan of “survival of the fittest” might conjure up bleak images of animals fighting over scarce resources and adapting to best thrive in a changing and scary world where no tomorrow is guaranteed. But, sometimes evolution can be kind and even a bit cooperative. While animals like the Galapagos Island’s incredible tortoises and...

Newly-Described Bird Species is Endemic to Indonesian Island
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Newly-Described Bird Species is Endemic to Indonesian Island

Informally known as the Wangi-wangi white-eye, the newly-described species of bird belongs to the genus Zosterops. The Wangi-wangi white-eye (Zosterops paruhbesar). Image credit: James Eaton. Zosterops is a genus of passerine birds containing the typical white-eyes in the family Zosteropidae. First introduced in 1827, the genus comprises over 100 species distributed in the Afrotropical, Indomalayan,...