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Researchers at the KAUST Red Sea Research Center have sequenced the genome of Zostera marina, the very first marine flowering plant ever to receive the treatment. Their findings shed light on how the species adapted from the deep to seas to shallow ponds and back again over hundreds of millions of years. Read about the research on EurekAlert!.

Video: After reviewing more than 52 hours of octopus footage, researchers at Alaska Pacific University and University of Sydney are challenging the prevailing notion that octopi use their color-changing abilities only to hide from predators. They describe a more nuanced interpretation of octopi using color-changing along with body gestures as methods of social communication. Watch some of that video here and read about their research on EurekAlert!.

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Public Release: 16-Dec-2015
How to see a mass extinction if it's right in front of you
A Yale-led study urges scientists to move their focus from species extinction to species rarity in order to recognize, and avoid, a mass extinction in the modern world.

Contact: Jim Shelton
Yale University

Public Release: 16-Dec-2015
Tiny phytoplankton have big influence on climate change
University of Pennsylvania researchers have investigated what climate models have to say about how phytoplankton and ocean ecosystems will respond to the profound changes the Earth is undergoing.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, University of Pennsylvania

Contact: Katherine Unger Baillie
University of Pennsylvania

Public Release: 16-Dec-2015
21st Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals: Bridging the Past Toward the Future
West Coast marine mammals respond to shifting conditions, new research shows
Humpback whales off the West Coast consume thousands of pounds of krill, plankton and small fish each day. Research shows that humpback diets reflect their surroundings, with the truck-sized whales filter-feeding on vast amounts of krill when cold upwelling waters prevail, but switching to schooling fish such as anchovies when warmer waters take over and the fish grow abundant.

Contact: Michael Milstein
NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region

Public Release: 16-Dec-2015
Researchers discover six new African frog species, uncover far more diversity
Researchers have discovered half a dozen new species of the African clawed frog, and added back another to the list of known species, in the process uncovering striking new characteristics of one of the most widely studied amphibians in the world.
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Contact: Michelle Donovan
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McMaster University

Public Release: 16-Dec-2015
Scientific Reports
Growth potential remains at risk on even the most remote coral reefs
Coral reefs in the Indian Ocean that were severely damaged by a global warming event 17 years ago have bounced back to optimum health and have the potential to keep pace with rising sea levels, but only if they escape the impacts of future warming events, researchers from the University of Exeter have found.

Contact: Louise Vennells
University of Exeter

Public Release: 16-Dec-2015
Penguin cam captures hunt for prey
Little penguins were more likely to work together to hunt schooling prey than solitary prey, according to observations made using animal-borne cameras published Dec. 2, 2015 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Grace Sutton from the Deakin University, Australia, and colleagues.

Contact: Kayla Graham

Public Release: 16-Dec-2015
Mediterranean sperm whales show great size variation
Mediterranean sperm whale 'clicks' analysis suggests that individuals range from 7.5 to 14 meters long, according to a study published Dec. 9, 2015 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Francesco Caruso from the University of Messina and Laboratori Nazionali del Sud, Italy and colleagues.

Contact: Beth Jones

Public Release: 16-Dec-2015
Trends in Plant Science
Plants crawled onto land earlier than we give them credit, genetic evidence suggests
Plant biologists agree that it all began with green algae. At some point in our planet's history, the common ancestor of trees and flowers developed an alternating life cycle -- allowing their offspring to conquer Earth. But on Dec. 16 in Trends in Plant Science, scientists argue that some green algae had been hanging out on land hundreds of millions of years before this adaptation and that land plants actually evolved from terrestrial, not aquatic, algae.

Contact: Joseph Caputo
Cell Press

Public Release: 15-Dec-2015
Biological Letters
Predators key to helping prey evolve with climate change
The key to helping animals evolve quickly in response to climate change could actually be their predators, according to a new UBC study.

Contact: Heather Amos
University of British Columbia

Public Release: 15-Dec-2015
Ecological Monographs
Greenhouse gas emissions from freshwater higher than thought
According to a new analysis in the journal Ecological Monographs, by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and colleagues, the world's rivers and streams pump about 10 times more methane into our atmosphere than scientists estimated in previous studies.

Contact: Emily Stanley
University of Wisconsin-Madison

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