Tag: Africa

Uh-oh: Tennessee study finds crocodiles climb trees

When most people envision crocodiles, they think of them waddling on the ground or wading in water—not climbing trees. However, a University of Tennessee,...

After a 49-million-year hiatus, a cockroach reappears in N. America

The cockroach in the genus Ectobius is a major textbook example of an invasive organism, and it is the most common cockroach inhabiting a...

Reconstructing the New World Monkey Family Tree

When monkeys landed in South America 37 or more million years ago, the long-isolated continent already teemed with a menagerie of 30-foot snakes, giant...

Prawn vs. snail: Researchers use competition to fight disease

A freshwater prawn may not appear intimidating at first glance – it’s a petite bottom-feeder that can fit in the palm of most people’s...

Current efforts not enough to prevent climate consequences

As international negotiators discuss global efforts to confront climate change at the 19th United Nation’s Conference of Parties (COP19), a group of MIT researchers...

Can food production increase without disease risk?

It’s an age-old dilemma. In order to produce more food in poorer, less-developed countries, you need water. But, for many regions, the water brings...

Study: No known hominin is ancestor of Neanderthals and modern humans

The search for a common ancestor linking modern humans with the Neanderthals who lived in Europe thousands of years ago has been a compelling...

We all came from Africa: Hitchhiking virus proves it

A study of the full genetic code of a common human virus offers a dramatic confirmation of the "out-of-Africa" pattern of human migration, which...

Despite growth reports, Africa mired in poverty

Despite continued reports of economic growth in Africa, much of the continent remains wracked by poverty, with roughly one in five citizens saying they...

Scientists discover new bat species in West Africa

An international team of scientists, including biologists from, the University of York, has discovered five new species of bats in West Africa.The team, which...

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