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Public Release: 11-Mar-2015
PLOS ONE
Scientists reconstruct evolutionary history of whale hearing with rare museum collection
The National Museum of Natural History's research team CT scanned fetal whale specimens from the museum's marine mammal collection to trace the development of fetal ear bones in 56 specimens from 10 different whale families. Their findings confirmed that changes in the development of ear bones in the womb paralleled changes observed throughout whale evolution, providing new insight about how whales made the dramatic evolutionary shift from land to sea and adapted to hearing underwater.
Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellowship

Contact: Katie Sabella
sabellak@si.edu
202-633-2950
Smithsonian

Public Release: 11-Mar-2015
Oryx
Farming a threat to endangered Chinese giant salamander
New research, led by international conservation charity Zoological Society of London, published in Oryx today shows that Chinese giant salamander (Andrias davidianus) farms risk the extinction of wild salamander populations instead of supporting their conservation.
Ocean Park Conservation Foundation -- Hong Kong, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, Synchronicity Earth, Darwin Initiative

Contact: Nicola Manomaiudom
nicola.manomaiudom@zsl.org
44-020-744-96246
Zoological Society of London

Public Release: 11-Mar-2015
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Tracking sea turtles across hundreds of miles of open ocean
How sea turtles find their way across hundreds of miles of open ocean has been an enduring mystery of animal behavior. Reporting results of a study at UMass Amherst's Large Pelagic Research Center, Kara Dodge says 'Adult turtles can pinpoint specific nesting beaches even after being away many years.' Results of a new GPS tracking study now document their remarkable ability.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and others

Contact: Janet Lathrop
jlathrop@admin.umass.edu
413-545-0444
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Public Release: 10-Mar-2015
NASA looks inside and outside of Tropical Cyclone Pam
NASA's Terra satellite provided an outside look at Tropical Cyclone Pam while the RapidScat instrument that flies aboard the International Space Station provided an inside look at the surface winds generated by the storm. The GPM core satellite provided another inside look at Pam and provided data on where the heavy rainfall was occurring within the storm.
NASA

Contact: Rob Gutro
robert.j.gutro@nasa.gov
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 10-Mar-2015
NASA sees a Tropical Storm Haliba 'sandwich'
Tropical Storm Haliba appeared to be the 'filling' in a sandwich between the Southern Indian Ocean islands of La Reunion and Mauritius in NASA satellite imagery because wind shear pushed the bulk of the storm's clouds between the islands.
NASA

Contact: Rob Gutro
robert.j.gutro@nasa.gov
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 10-Mar-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Same forces as today caused climate changes 1.4 billion years ago
Natural forces have always caused the climate on Earth to fluctuate. Now researchers have found geological evidence that some of the same forces as today were at play 1.4 billion years ago.

Contact: Birgitte Svennevig
birs@sdu.dk
University of Southern Denmark

Public Release: 10-Mar-2015
Journal of Glaciology
Friction means Antarctic glaciers more sensitive to climate change than we thought
A new study by Caltech researchers finds that incorporating Coulomb friction into computer models increases the sensitivity of Antarctic ice sheets to temperature perturbations driven by climate change.
Caltech's President's and Director's Fund program, Stanback Discovery Fund for Global Environmental Science

Contact: Deborah Williams-Hedges
debwms@caltech.edu
626-395-3227
California Institute of Technology

Public Release: 10-Mar-2015
Nature Communications
Tiny new fossil helps rewrite crab evolution, sheds lights on late Jurassic marine world
A paper in the journal Nature Communications co-written by NHM Crustacea curator Dr. Jody Martin describes a 150-million-year-old crab larva fossil specimen from southern Germany. The new fossil provides critical evidence for understanding the early rise of crabs.

Contact: Kristin Friedrich
kfriedri@nhm.org
213-763-3532
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Public Release: 10-Mar-2015
Frontiers in Zoology
Blue blood on ice -- how an Antarctic octopus survives the cold
An Antarctic octopus that lives in ice-cold water uses an unique strategy to transport oxygen in its blood, according to research published in Frontiers in Zoology. The study suggests that the octopus's specialized blood pigments could help to make it more resilient to climate change than Antarctic fish and other species of octopus.

Contact: Joel Winston
Joel.Winston@biomedcentral.com
44-203-192-2081
BioMed Central

Public Release: 9-Mar-2015
Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans
Small eddies produce global effects on climate change
The increasing strength of winds over the Southern Ocean has extended its ability to absorb carbon dioxide, effectively delaying the impacts of global warming. New research published in the Journal of Physical Research found the intensifying wind over that ocean increased the speed and energy of eddies and jets. The increased movement and overturning of these eddies and jets has accelerated the carbon cycle and driven more heat into the deep ocean.

Contact: Alvin Stone
alvin.stone@unsw.edu.au
61-241-861-7366
University of New South Wales

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