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Caribbean frogs started with a single, ancient voyage on a raft from South America

...estern-Caribbean islands were related to different mainland species than were the species on Puerto Rico and other eastern-Caribbean islands, regardless of how they got there. "Discovering a single origin for all of these species from throughout the Caribbean islands was completely unexpected," Hedges said. ...

Global survey of lizards reveals greater abundance of animals on islands than on mainland ecosystems

...osystems are much more sensitive than those on the mainland to change. Details of the study conducted by b...s on islands are more vulnerable than those on the mainland to sea level rise and increased storm activity, which are expected by many scientists to become wors...

Parasites' impact goes beyond host to affect ecosystem

...horebirds ?more prevalent on Appledore than on the mainland ?are the final hosts, contracting infection by eating infected fish, then in their feces excreting the eggs of C. lingua, which are in turn eaten by the snails. "The parasite’s life cycle is a really amazing strategy for an organism that doesn’t h...

Tracking sperm whales and jumbo squid

...narrow stretch of ocean that separates the Mexican mainland from the Baja Peninsula. "The central Gulf of California is a uniquely advantageous location to study the behavioral ecology of sperm whales and their squid prey," the authors wrote. "Sperm whales are abundant year-round and appear to feed heavily...

New species declared: Clouded leopard on Borneo and Sumatra

...thought to be the same species as the one found in mainland Southeast Asia. Genetic analysis conducted at t...e new species of clouded leopard diverged from the mainland population some 1.4 million years ago. “Genetic research results clearly indicate that the cloude...

Flavanols in cocoa may offer benefits to the brain

...eaths of island-dwelling Kuna to those who live on mainland Panama -- who do not drink the flavanol-rich cocoa...ive risk of death from heart disease on the Panama mainland was 1,280 percent higher than on the islands and death from cancer was 630 percent higher. In his AA...

Triple threat: World fin trade may harvest up to 73 million sharks per year

...ng demand for seafood--up five percent per year in mainland China. Determining whether shark populations can continue to withstand the magnitude of catches estimated by Clarke and her team depends upon the size and status of each population. "One of the most productive sharks is the blue shark, and it app...

Scientist's persistence sheds light on marine science riddle

...isolated on islands evolve to be larger than their mainland relatives, and large animals evolve to be smaller. In a paper to be published in September in the Journal of Biogeography, "The Island Rule and the Evolution of Body Size in the Deep Sea," Rosenberg and his co-authors apply the island rule to deep-se...

Exotic crab poised for widespread UK invasion

...ad in the UK since the 1970s mirrors the spread in mainland Europe and in the Baltic region which experienced an major outbreak. This is a fairly good indication that the UK is set for a similar situation." Mitten crabs can be found in the sea or rivers because they are catadromous - meaning they mainly liv...

Heart-healthy compound in chocolate identified

...have migrated to the suburbs of Panama City on the mainland consume only about four cups of cocoa per week and...mples from members of both the island-dwelling and mainland Kuna, the researchers found that, compared to their mainland counterparts, the urine of island dwell...

Predators keep the world green, ecologists find

...redator-free islands, while the others were on the mainland or on islands with a complete or nearly complete suite of predators. They found that, by 1997, small sapling densities on small islands were only 37 percent of those of large land masses and by 2002 this had fallen to just 25 percent. Most of the ve...

Same-sex mating by fungi spawned infection outbreak, evidence suggests

...st 100 people on Vancouver Island and the Canadian mainland and led to four deaths. The fungus, which lives in trees and soil, has also infected a variety of domestic and marine animals, including dogs, cats, llamas and porpoises. C. gattii is closely related to the more widespread infectious yeast, Cryptoco...

High-Throughput GoMiner

...They then compared these markers to those found in mainland Chinese, Taiwanese, and other Southeast Asian peop...ific mutations in their mtDNA that do not occur in mainland east Asian populations. Furthermore, they showed that there are enough different mtDNA mutations bet...

Genetic link confirmed between Polynesians and indigenous Taiwanese

...They then compared these markers to those found in mainland Chinese, Taiwanese, and other Southeast Asian peop...ific mutations in their mtDNA that do not occur in mainland east Asian populations. Furthermore, they showed that there are enough different mtDNA mutations bet...

Oceans more vulnerable to agricultural runoff than previously thought, study finds

...ch of the Pacific Ocean that separates the Mexican mainland from the Baja California Peninsula. The area is a ... mouth of the Yaqui River, which is located on the mainland side of the gulf. To find out, the researchers analyzed a series of images from an orbiting NASA sat...

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