The Mallard species complex

So if you thought the gray wolf species complex is controversial, it mirrored in another charismatic, widespread species. I used to be quite into domestic ducks. My preferred variants were all domesticated Eurasian mallards, and I regularly encountered wild mallards … Continue reading

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Canis mosbachensis and the origins of the modern Canis species

What we do know about the origins of Canis species is much more hotly-contested than what we know about the evolution of our own species. The earliest fossils of the genus are roughly 6 million years old, and the oldest … Continue reading

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TRACIE HOTCHNER: SHELTER DOGS HELP PROTECT ENDANGERED SPECIES

There is a detection-dog program called Conservation Canines (CK9), part of the University of Washington’s Center for Conservation Biology, that is putting to a brand new use the amazing sense of smell that dogs possess. These CK9 dogs are trained … Continue reading

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New Species of Mite Discovered in Puerto Rico, Named after Jennifer Lopez

New Species of Mite Discovered in Puerto Rico, Named after Jennifer Lopez Scientists led by Dr Vladimir Pešić of the University of Montenegro have discovered a new species of pontarachnid mite in Bajo de Sico – a mesophotic coral reef … Continue reading

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