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Sixty new species discovered in Suriname

Scientists spent three weeks in the rainforest of Suriname and found no less than 60 new species, a few of which may even be new genera, and saw an encouraging total of 1378 species: evidence that this area is one … Continue reading

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Baby, you’re an arthropod!

Tony from naturestimeline.com mentioned in a comment that we need to appreciate the crawling critters more – not just because they’re beautiful, although they are, but because they’re play a vital role in maintaining life on earth. Dragonflies, for instance, … Continue reading

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Biodiversity favourites

I’ll be off work for a week or so, and while I’m gone I’d like to leave you with some of my favourite posts on biodiversity. Cephalopod magic: the amazing abilities of cephalopods to camouflage and hypnotise. Beetling away for … Continue reading

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Biodiversity month

September is World Biodiversity Month, so it might be a good time to revisit some past posts that emphasise the value of biodiversity. Time for some shark love and Sharks – who needs them? These two posts talk about what … Continue reading

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World overshoot day

August 20th was World Overshoot Day – the estimated day on which the world’s population had used up the planet’s annual renewable resources and carbon-absorbing capacity. To get a rough idea of our use of land for agriculture, for example, … Continue reading

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Olinguito discovered in Andes rainforest

What is an oliguito, I hear you say? Well, it’s a close relative of the olingo. What’s an olingo? It’s a procyonid. Okay, enough messing about – the olinguito is a small omnivorous mammal that lives in

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Time for some shark love

This week is shark week, so given that they’ve been around for 420 million years, I thought it time to show a little love for these vital and efficient predators.

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Tiger, tiger, burning bright*

Since yesterday’s post was a bit of a depressing one (and there’s the understatement of the year), today’s will be a bit lighter. It seems that I missed out on marking International Tiger Day, which falls on 29th July. And … Continue reading

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Science communication needs a touch of the Renaissance

Its official: science fact is losing out to a range of fictions in the public arena. A recent survey of science literacy conducted by the Australian Academy of Science found that fewer people could answer basic science questions, such as … Continue reading

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Wild and wilder

I wrote about one approach to revegetating recently – the suggestion was to clone some of the extremely old trees in the UK and offer them to people and groups to plant. Another approach is taken by George Monbiot. He … Continue reading

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