One thing is obvious: moth’s eyes and snake’s skin are entirely different. Researchers have taken a closer look, however, and have now brought the supposed ‘apples and oranges’ to a common denominator. They have opened up a completely new, comparative view of biological surfaces using a newly developed method, and have thus come closer to the solution of how these surfaces work.

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One thing is obvious: moth’s eyes and snake’s skin are entirely different. Researchers have taken a closer look, however, and have now brought the supposed ‘apples and oranges’ to a common denominator. They have opened up a completely new, comparative view of biological surfaces using a newly developed method, and have thus come closer to the solution of how these surfaces work.

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Froggie went a courtin’ and waved goodbye to rival wooers

May 2, 2016

A new study has focused on the role testosterone plays in the evolutionary process of foot-flag signals used by Bornean rock frogs during mating season. Go to Source

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Froggie went a courtin’ and waved goodbye to rival wooers

May 2, 2016

A new study has focused on the role testosterone plays in the evolutionary process of foot-flag signals used by Bornean rock frogs during mating season. Go to Source

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Do bearded dragons dream? Reptiles share sleep patterns with mammals and birds

April 28, 2016

Brain sleep appeared early in vertebrate evolution. Researchers describe the existence of REM and slow-wave sleep in the Australian dragon, with many common features with mammalian sleep: a phase characterized by low frequency/high amplitude average brain activity and rare and bursty neuronal firing (slow-wave sleep); another characterized by awake-like brain activity and rapid eye movements. [...]

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Study identifies a key to bone formation, vertebrate evolution

April 28, 2016

Researchers have identified a key action of a watershed gene critical to bone formation and the evolution of vertebrates. The Sp7 or Osterix gene more than likely emerged from an ancestral gene family about 400 million years ago, expanding the diversity of life and programming the development of bone-secreting osteoblast cells. The closest living relatives [...]

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Mammal-like reptile survived much longer than thought

April 25, 2016

Researchers have uncovered dozens of fossilized teeth in Kuwajima, Japan, and identified this as a new species of tritylodontid, an animal family that links the evolution of mammals from reptiles. The finding suggests that tritylodontids co-existed with some of the earliest mammal species for millions of years, overturning beliefs that mammals wiped out mammal-like reptiles [...]

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Expedition captures animal selfies in Amazon Rainforest

April 23, 2016

A team of scientists set up camera traps in Peru to record the biodiversity of that area of the Amazon Rainforest. Go to Source

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New snakebite treatment under development

April 15, 2016

Thousands are bitten by rattlers and other venomous snakes each year, and a new treatment may serve as a “bridge” to buy time until medical care is available. Go to Source

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Combined effects of copper, climate change can be deadly for amphibians, research finds

April 12, 2016

Researchers warn that the extinction to two amphibian species — the southern toad and the southern leopard frog — may be hastened by the combined effects of climate change and copper-contaminated wetlands. Go to Source

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