“Ecological air conditioning” keeps species cool for now, but it won’t last

Bad news. Bad, bad news.

Common jellyfish is actually two distinct species

It took us 175 years to spot the difference.

Rarest songbird species turns out to be even rarer than thought — because it never existed

So rare there’s not one of them.

A lost race of hominids left their legacy in the saliva of Sub-Saharan populations

Unlikely discoveries hide in unlikely places.

Scientists report new trove of information on Homo naledi, the newly discovered humanoid species

A primitive Homo species with some surprising skills.

The last male white rhino boldly goes on Tinder to save its species

Super like.

Sleeping around makes it hard to speciate by mixing genes, paper shows

I don’t even want to speciate.

Half of the world’s species could become extinct by 2100, biologists say at Vatican conference

Welcome to the planet’s sixth major extinction — take a seat.

Newly discovered moth species features Trump hairdo

A tiny moth species has been named Neopalpa donaldtrumpi, becoming the first species to bear the name of the US president elect.

Selective wipe out of large marine species sets the stage for an unprecedented sixth mass extinction

Large marine species are favorably lost which could disrupt marine ecosystems for millions of years.

The American pika is being killed off by climate change

They may be the cutest animal in the country, but we’re cooking the d’awww out of them.

Grand study finds that diversity of life on Earth dropped below “safe” limits

Less species, more problems.

Poachers use scientific papers to target newly discovered species

Scientists are pushing the non-publication of geographical data of new species in order to protect them from poachers.

Caught in the act: Scientists find new species of wasp evolving

The concepts of biodiversity and evolution are generally thought of as something that occurs in thousands, maybe millions of years – but every once in a while, scientists catch a species red handed: evolving, becoming a new species.

App that could help endangered species is backed by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

If you want to help protect endangered species, there’s a new app that might facilitate that. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) said Monday it’s teaming up with Sweden-based FishBrain to develop a social, free-to-use app that might make a difference for local wildlife. The app can be downloaded for Apple and Android devices. Anglers are among the most likely people to

Golden bat discovered in Bolivia

Scientists previously misclassified a golden bat which lives in Bolivia. This new study reemphasizes the importance of museum specimens, which can be used to draw new information about species thought to be understood.

Not all species deteriorate with age, challenging study shows

For most creatures, mortality increases sharply with age – and we typically consider this to be natural. However, other animals, such as the hermit crab, the red abalone and the hydra, a microscopic freshwater animal experience very different trends enjoying almost constant levels of fertility and mortality. For the desert tortoise, the mortality even decreases as it gets older. A

The beautiful amphibian from hell: the crocodile newt in Vietnam

Researchers find out new species all the time, but really, when do they ever find a creature that looks like it was spawned by the fiery volcano of Mordor? Coal-black with orange-tinted toes, the new crocodile newt was identified as a different species when biologists spotted a series of differences to nearly related species. “I was asked by a curator

Study finds 86% species on Earth and 91% species in the ocean still await description [shorties]

Diversity is one of the most shocking aspects when it comes to life on Earth, and knowing how many species walk this planet alongside us is perhaps one of the most important questions in science. However, despite major advancements being made in the field, an answer to that question is still miles away, as efforts to thoroughly sample and describe

Male-only clams stay fit by having sex with other species

If you ask me, one of the most interesting things regarding animal evolution is sex; the animal kingdom has expanded sex to such heights, that it is often unbelievable the kind of things some animals do. Such is the case with the androgenetic clams of the genus Corbicula. Just males – and doing fine Most animals have a male and