Biodiversity is a contraction of the phrase "biological diversity," and refers to the variability of life within a species (judged by the variations in its genetic makeup), an ecosystem, a region and even across the planet. The biodiversity of the Amazon, one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, would include the terrestrial species found in the rainforest, the birds that fly in its skies and the aquatic creatures that swim in the Amazon River. But one could also examine the biodiversity of the Amazon River itself. Biodiversity varies widely across the globe, from places of high biodiversity, such as rainforests and coral reefs, and areas of lower biodiversity, such as agricultural fields. High biodiversity is often considered a sign of a healthy ecosystem, and many conservation efforts are aimed preserving biodiversity. Read below for stories on studies of biodiversity.
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Camera Hogs: Wild Pigs and Other Amazonian Wildlife Pose for 'Selfies'
April 26th, 2016
Thanks to a network of motion-activated camera traps, little-seen forest animals are taking a turn in the limelight.
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Hairy-Legged 'Chewbacca Beetle' Discovered in New Guinea
April 26th, 2016
The towering and shaggy Wookiee character Chewbacca from the "Star Wars" movies has a new namesake — a tiny weevil recently discovered in New Guinea.
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Light-Up Device Lets You 'Talk' to Fireflies
April 12th, 2016
A handheld device lets users communicate with fireflies by producing light pulses in patterns that mimic actual firefly signals.
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Scientists Find 8 New Species of Spider with Whiplike Legs
February 17th, 2016
Scientists recently described eight new species of a long-legged spider native to Brazil, nearly doubling the number of known species in the genus.
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Animal 'Selfies' Reveal Amazing Biodiversity in Tropical Forests
January 25th, 2016
A network of motion-activated cameras monitored by conservationists is capturing millions of photos of unsuspecting wildlife, helping scientists to glimpse the big picture of worldwide biodiversity in protected areas.
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Massive Coral Reef Discovered in the Amazon River
amazon river plume
April 24th, 2016
A massive reef system lurking in the mouth of the Amazon River hides a hidden menagerie of strange and wonderful underwater creatures.
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'Wasteland' Frog Fits on a Thumbnail, Chirps Like a Cricket
March 15th, 2016
A newly described species of frog is so small that it can sit comfortably on the tip of your thumb, and has a distinctive call that sounds like a cricket's chirp.
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Tarantula in Black: Dark, Hairy Spider Named After Johnny Cash
February 4th, 2016
Tarantulas take a starring role in a new study that reorganizes their group, reclassifying the majority of 55 known tarantula species and adding 14 new ones.
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