American pikas prefer to live in cold, mountainous habitats. As climate change brings warmer temperatures, researchers believe the key to their survival will be remaining in close-knit patches.
An ancient rabbit ancestor thought to exist only in Europe was recently found in present-day Siberia. The dsicovery spotlights the evolution of the species as well as how landmasses were shifting 14 million years ago during the Miocene era.
When humans began farming 6,000 years ago, during what scientists call the Anthropocene, the natural distribution of species was disrupted. This has had a lasting impact on ecosystems today.
Animals' poop plays a key role in keeping the planet fertile. However, when large animals go extinct the natural cycling of nutrients from deep ocean waters to high mountainous areas is significantly reduced, researchers revealed in a new study.
A featherwing beetle was measured to be 0.325mm. This is considered the world's tiniest, free-living insect.
Ants that called Europe their home 45 to 10 million years ago were actually more similar to modern-day ants now living in South East Asia than they are to their European cousins.
A recent study closely examined the evolution of a fruit fly species known as Acanthiophilus. Their findings shed light on the species' distribution and could help manage pests in the future.
Tropical mountain regions in Ecuador face significant impacts from climate change. Over the past two hundred years, vegetation on the Chimborazo volcano in Ecuador has migrated over 500 meters upslope.
There are a lot of strange creatures out there that you probably have never seen. This is likely the case for the tiny burrowing reptiles known as worm lizards, which can be found just out of sight in five of the seven continents. Now new research has determined that to be so wide-spread, these little-known creatures actually rafted across vast oceans in prehistoric times.
Bottlenose dolphins are iconic sea creatures, with thousands of vacationers flocking to the Mediterranean's clear waters to watch playful pods in action each year. Now, however, it has been revealed that these dolphins would not be found there thousands of years ago, making them relatively new settlers to the biblical "Great" or "Middle Sea."