A snake pulled from inside another snake's stomach was a species unknown to science.
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.
Scientists are skeptical of a new paper that suggests frozen octopus eggs rode a meteor to Earth 540 million years ago.
One dark night in the Guyana rainforest, herpetologist Andrew Snyder serendipitously shined his flashlight on "a small glint of brilliant, cobalt blue" sticking out of a rotting stump.
Remarkably diverse communities of ocean life make their home in waters near Mexico's Revillagigedo Islands, now a protected marine reserve.
Mexico President Nieto designated a Pacific Ocean region teeming with biodiversity as a protected marine area.
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.