Whole-Genome Data Point to Four Species of Giraffe
Whole-Genome Data Point to Four Species of Giraffe
The genome sequences of 51 giraffes from all over Africa contribute to the latest attempt in an ongoing pursuit to pin down a species number.
Whole-Genome Data Point to Four Species of Giraffe
Whole-Genome Data Point to Four Species of Giraffe

The genome sequences of 51 giraffes from all over Africa contribute to the latest attempt in an ongoing pursuit to pin down a species number.

The genome sequences of 51 giraffes from all over Africa contribute to the latest attempt in an ongoing pursuit to pin down a species number.

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Image of the Day: Fragmented Habitat
Image of the Day: Fragmented Habitat
Emily Makowski | Dec 17, 2019
Human activities may be affecting both narrow-ranged plants and widespread ones.
Researchers DNA Barcode the Arctic
Researchers DNA Barcode the Arctic
Phil Jaekl | Apr 1, 2019
A group of scientists in northern Norway are using the technique to measure biodiversity’s response to past and present climate change.
Widespread Declines in UK’s Pollinators: Study
Widespread Declines in UK’s Pollinators: Study
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 26, 2019
Over 30 years, one-third of the wild bees and hoverfly species surveyed sustained losses, likely due to pesticides, habitat loss, and climate change.
New Global Trade Route Could Shuttle Invasive Species
New Global Trade Route Could Shuttle Invasive Species
K.V. Venkatasubramanian | Feb 19, 2019
China’s ongoing Belt and Road Initiative passes through areas that are already at risk of swapping organisms.
Eastern Monarchs Flourish While Western Numbers Plunge
Eastern Monarchs Flourish While Western Numbers Plunge
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 8, 2019
In the last year, the butterfly’s eastern group has more than doubled its hibernation area while the other population waned. Plus, researchers are moving trees to save monarch habitat.
Diverse Forests Are Better at Accumulating Carbon
Diverse Forests Are Better at Accumulating Carbon
Catherine Offord | Dec 1, 2018
A higher species richness could boost plant communities’ ability to mitigate climate change, a study suggests.
Infographic: Light Pollution Threatens Species
Infographic: Light Pollution Threatens Species
Diana Kwon | Oct 1, 2018
As artificial light increases in volume and geographical coverage around the world, a variety of animals are suffering ill effects.
The Vanishing Night: Light Pollution Threatens Ecosystems
The Vanishing Night: Light Pollution Threatens Ecosystems
Diana Kwon | Oct 1, 2018
The loss of darkness can harm individual organisms and perturb interspecies interactions, potentially causing lasting damage to life on our planet.
Infographic: How to Predict If a Species Is At Risk
Infographic: How to Predict If a Species Is At Risk
Catherine Offord | Jun 30, 2018
To calculate the likelihood that organisms will be harmed by climate change, researchers estimate their exposure, sensitivity, and ability to adapt to new conditions.
Image of the Day: Frog Leaps Away from Extinction 
Image of the Day: Frog Leaps Away from Extinction 
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Jan 3, 2018
A once critically endangered species of leaf frog has made a comeback. 
Coastal Critters Make Epic Voyages After 2011 Tsunami
Coastal Critters Make Epic Voyages After 2011 Tsunami
Ashley Yeager | Sep 28, 2017
Marine species survived rafting thousands of kilometers on debris swept into the water by the giant wave, scientists say.
Bees Live the City Life in Detroit
Bees Live the City Life in Detroit
Catherine Offord | Sep 1, 2017
Important pollinators under threat from habitat destruction, bumblebees may find refuge on vacant land throughout Michigan’s largest metropolis.
Report: Biodiversity Has Fallen Below “Safe” Levels
Report: Biodiversity Has Fallen Below “Safe” Levels
Tanya Lewis | Jul 18, 2016
More than half of the world’s land may have passed the threshold that threatens long-term sustainable development, researchers report.
Cetacean Cacophony
Cetacean Cacophony
Chris Palmer | Sep 1, 2013
Seafloor seismometers record hundreds of thousands of fin whale calls, allowing marine geophysicists to track the elusive marine mammals.
Hearing Whales
Hearing Whales
Chris Palmer | Aug 31, 2013
A geophysicist stumbled on a way to track elusive fin whales with seismometers.
Ants Climb as Weather Warms
Ants Climb as Weather Warms
Nsikan Akpan | Mar 26, 2013
Rising temperatures allow one mountain ant to climb higher, displacing a related species and possibly upsetting plant ecology.
Opinion: Biodiversity Impacts Humanity
Opinion: Biodiversity Impacts Humanity
Bradley J. Cardinale | Feb 20, 2013
Increasing evidence suggests that loss of Earth’s biological diversity will compromise our planet’s ability to provide the goods and services societies need to prosper.
Online Map of Life
Sabrina Richards | May 11, 2012
An interactive web tool that allows users to visualize world-wide species distributions is now available on the Web.