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Conservation Experts Warn of Current Dangers Posed by the Legal Wildlife Trade
A multinational and interdisciplinary team of scientists has published new research that provides critical insights into the damage that the legal wildlife trade currently poses to global conservation and sustainability efforts. The group includes members of multiple International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission specialist groups who aim to highlight the risk posed by legal but unsustainable trade in thousands of species.Download
Global Natural History Initiative builds groundbreaking database
A group of natural history museums has mapped the total collections from 73 of the world’s largest natural history museums in 28 countries. This is the first step of an ambitious effort to inventory global holdings that can help scientists and decisionmakers find solutions to urgent, wide-ranging issues such as climate change, food insecurity, human health, pandemic preparedness, and wildlife conservation.Download
LIB researchers discover 172 new species in 2022
The blind spot of biodiversity is getting a little smaller: researchers at the LIB were able to name and describe a total of 172 new animal species last year. From cockchafer to blind long-legged spider species to amber inclusions, species from a total of twelve different animal orders were identified.Download
Alien land snail species are increasing exponentially
Invasive land snail species can displace native species and harm human health. A recent study compiles an overview of the exponential increase and dynamic spread of land snail species introduced to Europe and the Mediterranean from other continents.Download
„Big muscles and wrinkled skin”: the Hercules pseudoscorpions
In their latest publication, researchers at LIB have discovered and described three new genera with a total of twelve new species of pseudoscorpions.Download
Dinosaur teeth reveal what they didn’t eat
Scratches on dinosaur teeth could reveal what they really ate. For the first time, dental microwear texture analysis has been used to infer the feeding habits of large theropods, including Allosaurus and T. rex. By taking 3D images of individual teeth and analyzing the pattern of marks scratched into them, researchers could reason which dinosaurs may have frequently crunched on hard bone and which may have regularly eaten softer foods and prey.Download
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