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Monkey See, Monkey Die

By The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2016

What's killing howler monkeys in the jungles of Central America?

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Owl Be Darned

By The Scientist Staff | December 4, 2015

Researchers studying city-dwelling birds are learning about which animals are more suited to urban life.

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Salamander Evolution

By Dan Cossins | June 1, 2013

Yale University evolutionary biologist Steven Brady studies the evolutionary impacts of roads on the amphibians.

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Icy Veins

By Dan Cossins | April 2, 2013

Intrepid Norwegian explorers discovered the Antarctic icefish, a marvel of evolution, while venturing to an island at the bottom of the Earth in 1927.

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Photonic Colored Creatures

By Cristina Luiggi | February 1, 2013

Animals and plants come in a dizzying array of colors. Current research is cracking into the remarkable structures behind nature's artistic display.

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The Salinella salve Mystery

By Hayley Dunning | October 1, 2012

Salinella salve, an organism described as a single layer of cells, ciliated on both inner and outer surfaces and surrounding…

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Discovering Phasmids

By Jef Akst | June 9, 2012

Shortly after a rat infested supply ship ran around in Lord Howe Island off the east coast of Australia in 1918, the newly introduced mammals wiped out the island's phasmids—stick insects the size of a human hand. 

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Spot the Moth

By Cristina Luiggi | May 1, 2012

It’s a well-known story: The peppered moth’s ancestral typica phenotype is white with dark speckles. 

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Early Bird Plumage

By Cristina Luiggi | September 15, 2011

After rummaging through thousands of amber inclusions housed at the University of Alberta and the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology in Canada, researchers discovered 11 amber encased-feather fossils that provide the most detailed picture yet of early feather evolution.

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Repainting Ancient Birds

By Megan Scudellari | July 1, 2011

Using synchrotron rapid scanning X-ray fluorescence to map the distribution of trace metals in avian fossils over 120 million-year-old, researchers reconstruct the pigment patterns of their feathers—revealing some of the extinct birds' long-lost colors.

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