James A. Foley
Leafcutter Bee Fossils Found at La Brea Tar Pits Offer Clues about Ancient Climate Conditions
When it comes to fossils, the biggest creatures seem to get all the attention. But the little guys offer plenty of important information on the ancient environment as well, as evidenced in a recent study of leafcutter bees at the Rancho La Brea Tar Pits.
Expertly Camouflaged Flatworm may Threaten Coral Reefs
A tiny and expertly camouflaged flatworm may be a harbinger of death for some coral reefs, according to a new study.
Word's Top 100 Most Unique and Endangered Birds Defined in New Study
A new attempt to create a hierarchy of the most threatened birds relies on an idea that measures "evolutionary distinctiveness," and researchers have used it to list the world's 100 most unique and endangered birds.
Kenyan Gov. to Oversee Wildlife Service Amid Corruption Allegations
The Kenyan government will take over the country's wildlife management authority for the next three months after allegations of corruption within the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has led to the suspension of at least six senior officers, according to news reports.
High Court Order to Stop Whaling may be Convenient for Japan
Japan confirmed Friday it will comply with last week's ruling by the International Court of Justice and halt its annual whale hunting operations in the Antarctic Ocean.
Hubble Space Telescope Used to Measure Stars 10 Times Farther Than Before
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope may be aging, but it regularly delivers images of astronomical wonders, and now its operators have come up with a novel new trick to get the telescope to measure stars at a distance up to 10 times farther than previously possible.
Food Study Brings New Revelations into Puzzling Co-Existence of Red and Giant Panda
The seemingly identical food preference of red panda and giant panda is more than meets the eye, and it reveals valuable insight into how the species can co-exist.
Ancient Daddy Longlegs was a Four-Eyed Critter, While Modern Species Just Have Two
They go by a number of names - harvestmen, opiliones, daddy longlegs - but all living examples of the arachnid have one thing in common: a single pair of eyes. But that was not always the case.
Florida's 'Dinosaurs of the Turtle World' Get Two New Species, Requiring A Fresh Look at Conservation Practices
Their beaks and spiky shells look prehistoric, but they live in the modem world, and new research into the largest freshwater turtles in the Northern Hemisphere reveals a surprise find about the creatures.
High Biodiversity of Mozambique Channel Coral Reefs Need Protection, Study Says
The coral reefs of the Mozambique Channel are a hotspot for biodiversity and the leading candidate for a prioritized conservation effort, according to a new study.
Climate Change Triggered Evolution in Ice Age Predators [VIDEO]
Scientists have used fossil specimens found at the La Brea Tar Pits in Southern California to assess how climate change affected the evolution of Ice Age predators.
Camel Burps and Poop Create Less Methane than Cows' or Sheep'
Methane gas generated by grazing animals, and the problems associated with it are well documented. But a new study into how much methane is produced by camels reveals that the humped mammals don't create as much methane as ruminant animals such as cows and sheep.
Shark Fin Trade Drops Significantly in Hong Kong
Imports of shark fin products into Hong Kong fell sharply in 2013, down nearly 35 percent, and re-export of shark fin materials fell 17.5 percent, according to the World Wildlife Fund.
Definitive Research on Benefits of Animal-Human Bond Lacking
Bringing pets to visit patients in hospitals has a wide association with improving the wellbeing of patients, especially children. But little research has been done on these so-called "animal interventions," and researchers from the University of Adelaide report there is a "major gap" in scientific knowledge in this area.
Seabird Census by Sound Recording Sees Success
Estimating seabird populations has long been a struggle for researchers because the birds build nests in geographically inaccessible places and tend to hide their eggs in burrows. But a new, sound-based counting method is giving researchers the edge they need to estimate seabird populations.