Grouvellinus leonardodicaprioi. Scale bar - 1 mm. Image credit: Hendrik Freitag / Taxon Expeditions.

Water Beetle Discovered in Borneo Named after Leonardo DiCaprio

A team of entomologists from the Netherlands and Philippines has discovered three new species of aquatic beetles in the remote Maliau Basin, Malaysian Borneo, and named one of them after American actor and producer Leonardo DiCaprio. Grouvellinus leonardodicaprioi. Scale bar – 1 mm. Image credit: Hendrik Freitag / Taxon Expeditions. The three newly-discovered species belong […]

Giant pandas are found in the mountains of central China in dense bamboo and coniferous forests at altitudes of 5,000 to 10,000 feet (1,500-3,000 m). Image credit: Chester Ho.

Mitochondrial DNA of 22,000-Year-Old Giant Panda Reveals Long-Lost Lineage

A research team led by scientists at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, has analyzed mitochondrial DNA isolated from a 22,000-year-old panda specimen found in southern China and found that the ancient bear separated from present-day giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) around 183,000 years ago, suggesting that it belonged to a […]

Group of dwarf mongooses in which different cooperative acts are exchanged even with a delay in time. Image credit: Shannon Wild.

Mongooses Reward Helpful Groupmates, New Research Finds

Dwarf mongooses (Helogale parvula) provide more grooming to those groupmates who contribute more to sentinel behavior — acting as a raised guard to look out for danger, according to new research from the University of Bristol, UK. Group of dwarf mongooses in which different cooperative acts are exchanged even with a delay in time. Image […]

Prasinohaema prehensicauda, a green-blooded lizard with high concentrations of biliverdin, a toxic green bile pigment. Image credit: Chris Austin, Louisiana State University.

Scientists Find Four Lineages of Green-Blooded Lizards in New Guinea

Several species of skinks (a type of lizard) from the island of New Guinea have lime-green colored blood — which in turn results in bright green muscles, bones, tongue, and mucous membranes, according to a team of researchers from Louisiana State University and the American Museum of Natural History. Prasinohaema prehensicauda, a green-blooded lizard with […]

The European mistletoe (Viscum album). Image credit: Etienne Meyer.

European Mistletoe is Unique among Multicellular Organisms, Biologists Say

The European mistletoe (Viscum album) is a plant steeped in ancient associations with druids and Northern European folklore and since the 18th century, has been synonymous with kissing at Christmas time. This plant is a hemiparasite (a parasitic plant that is capable of some photosynthesis), latching onto trees and extracting water and nutrients from them. […]

Colony of Chroococcidiopsis thermalis cells where the different colors represent photosynthesis driven by chlorophyll-a (magenta) and chlorophyll-f (yellow). Image credit: Dennis Nuernberg.

Scientists Discover New Type of Photosynthesis

The vast majority of life on our planet uses red light (680 to 700 nm) in the process of photosynthesis, but the new type uses near-infrared light (750 nm) instead: it was detected in a wide range of cyanobacteria, one of the largest groups of bacteria on Earth, where they have existed for several billion […]

An illustration of the Palawan moss shrew (Palawanosorex muscorum). Image credit: Velizar Simeonovski, Field Museum of Natural History.

Researchers Discover New Species of Shrew in Philippines

An international team of biologists from the United States and Germany has discovered a new species of shrew living in a forested area on Mt. Mantalingahan, a mountain on Palawan Island in the Philippines. An illustration of the Palawan moss shrew (Palawanosorex muscorum). Image credit: Velizar Simeonovski, Field Museum of Natural History. Named the Palawan […]

The short-faced Niata cow. Image credit: Journal of Heredity, doi: 10.1093/oxfordjournals.jhered.a110716.

Research Reveals Secrets of Short-Faced Niata Cow

New research published in the journal Scientific Reports shows the Niata cow, a now-extinct animal with a short face like a bulldog that fascinated Charles Darwin when he first saw it in Argentina 180 years ago, was a unique breed and — unlike some bulldogs — did not suffer breathing or eating problems because of […]

Champions of Anteria Game Guide

GUID SUSPENDED Champions of Anteria is the spiritual successor of The Settlers saga, enriched with RPG elements and missions in which you command a group of heroes. This guide provides description of the game interface and it discusses key elements of the game. You will also learn useful information that will allow you to liberate […]