Reptiles heading for extinction
Australian scientists identify 20 species at highest risk.
Scientists have identified 20 species of Australian snakes and lizards they predict are at highest risk of extinction...
When sea anemones behave like plants
If they overeat, they put on tentacles.
The number of tentacles, or arms, that a sea anemone has depends on how much food it has eaten, researchers have disc...
Mastodons moved as the climate changed
Genomes suggest they roamed widely across North America.
Mastodons migrated vast distances across North America in response to dramatic climate change during the ice ages of ...
NatureWatch: Sounds of dogs and dolphins
Lessons learned with old techniques and new.
A singing dog encore? The New Guinea Singing Dog (NGSD), not seen in the wild for 50 years, is not lost forever, a...
Goin’ froggin’ proves a popular pastime
FrogID has impressive numbers all round.
Each week Cosmos takes a look at projects and news about citizen science in Australia. This week we talk to FrogID ch...
More insights into the complexity of coral
Studies look closely at impacts of acidification and diversity.
Scientists are moving closer to understanding the complexity of coral reefs and their response to different environme...
Learning from the past could save biodiversity
Scientists gain insights from ancient warming events.
Palaeo-archives are giving scientists new insights into how warming climates affected different species and biodivers...
Cichlids set the pace in east Africa’s lakes
Discovering the secrets of the fastest evolving species.
Species formation typically happens slowly through new mutations over millions of years, but there are exceptions. ...
Herbivores, poop and the nutrient cycle
Droppings affect plant growth in different ways.
Ecosystems are intricate webs shaped and sustained by all their living elements – and you can’t underestimate the rol...
Flies also see what we wrongly see
Study investigates why optical illusions fool us.
It turns out that flies are fooled by optical illusions as easily as humans are, which may help explain why we both a...
A bird’s life in the changing tropics
Studies examine climate change impact and response.
Two new studies in the journal Nature Climate Change highlight the delicate balance birds face in trying to survive g...
Flying foxes are very mobile mammals
That brings benefits, but also conservation challenges.
Australia’s flying foxes are known for their nomadic lifestyle. Now, a new study has ranked them among the most mobil...