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Rare species found in marine study

22nd August 2014
Divers discover rare species of marine life such as stalked jellyfish and squat lobsters in a study of Somerset's Porlock Bay.

Stench of decay turns coral away

22nd August 2014
Baby coral and fish can smell the difference between good and bad reefs, say marine ecologists.

VIDEO: Female anaconda has 'virgin birth'

21st August 2014
The arrival of three baby anacondas at West Midland Safari Park is heralded as a 'miraculous virgin birth' by staff.

Fence to stem human-elephant conflict

21st August 2014
How can trees prevent human-elephant conflict?

Earliest evidence of snail-eating

21st August 2014
Palaeolithic humans in Spain began eating snails 10,000 years earlier than their Mediterranean neighbours, a study reveals.

Osprey pair nest at nature reserve

21st August 2014
A pair of rare ospreys nest at a nature reserve in Cumbria for the first time, conservationists confirm.

Seals 'brought TB to the Americas'

21st August 2014
Marine mammals brought tuberculosis to the Americas before the Europeans arrived, a study suggests.

Spiders 'do better' in cities

20th August 2014
Female orb-weaving spiders grow larger and have an increased ability to reproduce when living in urban areas, a new study shows.

Greenland ice sheet losses double

20th August 2014
A new assessment from Europe's CryoSat spacecraft shows Greenland to be losing about 375 cu km of ice each year.

Tree-hugging snakes put safety first

20th August 2014
For the first time, biologists measure the force applied by climbing snakes and find that they squeeze up to five times harder than necessary.

VIDEO: Africa's elephants in net decline

19th August 2014
A new study suggests the number of Africa's elephants has declined to a critical point.

Drugs-bust primate given UK asylum

19th August 2014
A primate confiscated during a drugs raid by police in the Maldives is flown 5,000 miles to the UK to start a new life.

Fish filmed spitting 'fireworks'

19th August 2014
Filmmakers capture spectacular defensive lightshow

Crocodile kills Australia fisherman

19th August 2014
A man is killed by a giant saltwater crocodile as he fished with his wife in northern Australia - the fourth fatal attack this year.

Camouflage sheet inspired by octopus

18th August 2014
Basing their work on the techniques used by octopuses and cuttlefish, US engineers have produced a flexible, colour-changing material.

Rare birds attempt to nest in UK

18th August 2014
Two rare birds usually found in the Mediterranean region are spotted building a nest at a nature reserve in Lincolnshire.

Elephant deaths reach tipping point

18th August 2014
Africa's elephants have reached a tipping point, where more are being killed each year by poachers than are being born, a study suggests.

VIDEO: Nature's light display

18th August 2014
One of nature's most dazzling underwater displays, bioluminescence, is captured as a form of self-defence by a film crew in Puerto Rico.

River turtle mothers 'talk' to young

18th August 2014
Amazon river turtles communicate with their hatchlings and with one another using vocalisations, recordings reveal.

SeaWorld to redesign its whale tank

16th August 2014
The US marine park SeaWorld is to build a new killer whale enclosure as criticism grows over how the park handles the animals.