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05-17-2022
Stinging cells shed light on the early evolution of animals
Cnidocytes are specialized stinging cells that shoot a venomous "harpoon" into the unwary. These cells are common to jellyfish, anemone, corals and hydrae - known collectively as cnidarians.  A new study from Cornell University shows that cnidocytes might be important for understanding the origins of new cell types, from an evolutionary perspective. The research, led by professor Leslie Babonis, revealed that cnidocytes evolved from neurons found in a pre-cnidarian ancestral animal.   "These surprising results demonstrate how new genes acquire new functions to drive the evolution of biodiversity,"...
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09-30-2017
Your love for animals may actually be genetic
Have you ever wondered why some people are pet people,...
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09-29-2017
Science proves that your dog really does love you
Studies have shown that owning a dog helps keep people...
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09-29-2017
Agriculture causes even higher methane emissions than reported
Although methane does not linger in the atmosphere as long...
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09-29-2017
Hollywood has the power to boost conservation efforts
As fans waited for the release of Finding Dory, biologists...
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09-27-2017
New giant rat species found hanging out on the Solomon Islands
A new giant rat species has been discovered in the...
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09-27-2017
Songbirds declining in numbers, and we don’t know why
For many of us, the beautiful sounds of birds singing...
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09-26-2017
Human noise pollution endangering the lives of fish
Many studies have been done analyzing the effect of noise...
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09-26-2017
Already endangered right whale populations continue to decline
The North Atlantic right whale, an already highly endangered species,...
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09-26-2017
Bernie Sanders spider among 15 new species discovered
Scientists have discovered 15 new species of  "smiley-faced" spiders in...
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09-25-2017
Panda habitats are shrinking and becoming more splintered
Nearly three decades of conservation efforts to protect giant pandas...
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09-25-2017
Bigger brains give birds a survival advantage
Maybe “bird-brained” shouldn’t be considered an insult. Proportionally bigger brains...
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09-24-2017
Study peeks into the inner lives of Trinidad guppies
It sounds like a plot for the next sequel to...
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