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Posts by Shireen Gonzaga

A tour guide at Postojna Cave Park first noticed an egg attached to the wall of an aquarium holding captive olm.
Science Wire | Feb 11, 2016

Rare salamander lays eggs in Slovenia cave

Slovenian folklore speaks of baby dragons flushed from parents’ subterranean lairs. Today, we know these rare creatures as the olm, and one of them has laid eggs.

Eotrachodon orientalis skull Image credit: Albert Prieto-Marquez, et al.
Science Wire | Jan 29, 2016

Extraordinary fossil find sheds light on duck-billed dinosaurs

Duck-billed dinosaurs lived 83 million years ago. They are sometimes called ‘the cows of the Cretaceous.’ A new fossil find reveals their origins.

A collection of the Witwatersrand diamonds. Image credit: Wits University
Science Wire | Jan 24, 2016

Ancient diamonds hold clues to primeval Earth

New insights into ancient Earth’s early structure from diamonds formed 3.5 billion years ago. A scientist called diamonds “the perfect little time capsules.”

Rufous antpitta via: Jerry Oldenettel
Blogs | Oct 23, 2013

Birdsong recordings harm birds

Although playing recorded song to lure a bird into view is frowned upon by birdwatchers, some people still do it. Will these new findings get them to stop?

Newly-discovered fossil
Blogs | Oct 23, 2013

Fossil reveals earliest known central nervous system of an animal

Scientists traced iron deposits that occupied the space of long-gone central nervous system tissue. An outline of a 520-million-year-old central nervous system emerged.

Humpback whale, via montereybayaquarium.org.
Blogs | Videos | Oct 21, 2013

Foraging acrobatics of humpback whales

Acoustic and camera tags attached to the whales revealed a repertoire of feeding acrobatics. The video in this post gives you a whale’s-eye view of what happens.

Image credit: Allison Shaw.
Blogs | Oct 16, 2013

Will climate changes keep red crabs of Christmas Island from spawning?

When the wet season begins in November, Christmas Island’s iconic land crabs march towards the sea to spawn. Climate change could put a stop to it.

Image Credit: University of Zurich.
Blogs | Oct 14, 2013

Unique spine found in 240-million-year-old fish fossil

A newly-discovered backbone structure in a well-preserved 240-million-year-old fossil fish reveals an inflexible and slow swimmer, an evolutionary dead end.

Image credit: Stuart V Nielsen.
Blogs | Photos | Oct 08, 2013

Video and photos: Rich biodiversity in South American rainforest

“I have conducted expeditions all over the world, but never have I seen such beautiful, pristine forests so untouched by humans.” – Dr. Leeanne Alonso

Image Credit: Claire Spottiswoode.
Blogs | Oct 01, 2013

Deadbeat cuckoo finches lay more eggs to deceive host parents

Cuckoo finches con other birds into raising their chicks, confusing prospective foster parents with several look-alike eggs.