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A study calls on the world’s sailors and seafarers to help map the oceans’ phytoplankton, microscopic plants that form the bedrock of marine food chains.
A campaign is launched to help track juniper numbers across Scotland as figures show the plant could be nearing extinction.
Elephants that give birth as teenagers die younger, but are fitter than mothers that delay, scientists say.
Portuguese scientists identify a dinosaur that may have been the largest predator ever to roam across the European landmass.
Scientists using satellite tracking finally have some data on where very young loggerhead turtles go once they leave Florida and the Gulf of Mexico.
A unique family of birds containing just one species has been discovered by researchers.
A "live fast, die young" life history strategy could have played a key role leading to the high tree diversity in the Amazon, scientists suggest.
Scientists say it is unlikely that any fish can survive in the oceans deeper than about 8,200m.
Mike Dilger travels to Texas to accompany a group of young Gentoo penguins making the trip across the Atlantic to their new home in Hull.
A snake wins a lengthy battle with a crocodile in northern Queensland, wrestling it, constricting it and then finally eating it.
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An expedition to the previously unexplored New Hebrides trench in the Pacific has revealed that giant eels and crustaceans teem thousands of metres beneath the waves.
Analysis of last year's pilot badger culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire has concluded they were ineffective and inhumane, the BBC understands.
An award-winning conservation project to save the Tahiti monarch faces threats from rain, rats and fire ants.
An endangered species of zebra is the first of its kind to be born at Chester Zoo in more than 30 years.
Scientists think they can now explain the astonishing discovery of a graveyard of fossil whales in Chile that accumulated more than five million years ago.
Gamekeepers in Scotland stepping up their campaign to end the ban on the docking of working dogs' tails.
Record numbers of malnourished seabirds are being washed up on beaches following storms, say experts.
An ice age site said to be one of the last known places Neanderthals lived is being studied to assess storm damage.
More than 600 dead seabirds have now been found on Jersey's beaches, wildlife experts confirm.