biodiversity

Octopuses Turn Human Litter Into Homes, But Is This Good for Them?

Octopuses Turn Human Litter Into Homes, But Is This Good for Them?

It turns out that humanity’s trash may be an octopus’s treasure.  A new study published in Marine Pollution Bulletin last month looked at a range of underwater photographs that show octopuses interacting with litter that had settled on the seafloor.  “The deep-sea records were extremely interesting, because even at great depths these animals are interacting […]

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    Newly Discovered Crocodile Species Dined on Dinosaur (at Least Once)

    Newly Discovered Crocodile Species Dined on Dinosaur (at Least Once)

    Scientists have discovered a prehistoric species of crocodile that had an extraordinary last meal.  The new species is called Confractosuchus sauroktonos, or the broken dinosaur killer, because it was found with the remains of a young ornithopod dinosaur in its stomach, the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum announced Friday.  “At the time of its death […]

    Should Sea Otters Be Brought Back to the Oregon Coast?

    Should Sea Otters Be Brought Back to the Oregon Coast?

    A recent report contends that reintroducing sea otters to the Oregon coast is feasible and beneficial to the state’s marine ecosystem if certain best reintroduction policies are followed. However, sea otter’s voracious appetites for certain invertebrates may have “consequential” impacts on area fisheries. Sea otters have an outsized impact on the ecosystems they inhabit, making […]

    Critically Endangered African Forest Elephant Holds Onto ‘Last Stronghold’ in Gabon

    Critically Endangered African Forest Elephant Holds Onto ‘Last Stronghold’ in Gabon

    The gentle and expressive African forest elephant is a critically endangered species due to habitat loss and poaching. But according to a survey conducted by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the National Parks of Gabon, these rare, non-predatory pachyderms have one “last stronghold offering a large quasi-continuous habitat” in Gabon, in the Congo River Basin. […]