Mexico President Nieto designated a Pacific Ocean region teeming with biodiversity as a protected marine area.
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.
Climate change may be leading to shifts in the communities of sea life beneath an Antarctic ice shelf.
Approximately 10 million beetle specimens make up the Coleoptera collection at the Natural History Museum in London.
An oddball extinct animal discovered nearly 200 years ago recently confirmed its place on the mammal family tree, thanks to newly discovered DNA evidence.
A diverse range of technologies, including satellite observation, can combine with data collected on the ground to give a more accurate picture of global biodiversity.
Must the money raised to save wildlife always aid the most popular animals? New research suggests that marketing can persuade donors that northern hairy-nosed wombat lives matter too.
Two species of highly similar deep-sea octopus are hard to tell apart — unless you look closely at their "warts."
For a reef fish species, sloppy, slimy lip dribbles serve as a vital defense against its coral prey's venomous stings.
Scientific discovery takes patience, determination, focus and perseverance. And sometimes it also takes 2,879 Plasticine caterpillars.
The roly-poly West Indian manatee is doing so well that officials downgraded the species from endangered to threatened.
Scientists recently described two new species of clown tree frogs, re-evaluating how the frogs were previously identified.
A tree-dwelling Cropan's boa snake recently captured in Brazil is the first living specimen seen in 64 years.
A newly discovered gecko species belongs to a group with an unusual defensive strategy that might make your skin crawl.
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