Bumble bee is proposed for U.S. endangered species status

Sep 22, 2016

Bumble bee is proposed for U.S. endangered species status

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday proposed listing the rusty patched bumble bee, a prized but vanishing pollinator once widely found in the upper Midwest and Northeastern United States, for federal protection as an endangered species. One of several wild bee species ...

Above average numbers of horseshoe crabs found dead in Kyushu

Sep 16, 2016

Above average numbers of horseshoe crabs found dead in Kyushu

Hundreds of horseshoe crabs — known as “living fossils” because they are among the Earth’s oldest creatures — have been found dead in southern Japan, confounding experts. Horseshoe crabs, known for their blue blood, are a regular summer visitor to tidal flats in southern ...

Color of 'cute' bristly dinosaur deciphered

Sep 16, 2016

Color of 'cute' bristly dinosaur deciphered

Scientists guided by small structures preserved in fossilized skin have deciphered the color and camouflage pattern of a little dinosaur with a parrot-like beak and bristles on its tail that roamed thick forests in China about 120 million years ago. Psittacosaurus was mainly brown ...

Endangered Hawaiian crow shows a knack for tool use

Sep 15, 2016

Endangered Hawaiian crow shows a knack for tool use

An endangered crow species from Hawaii that already is extinct in the wild displays remarkable proficiency in using small sticks and other objects to wrangle a meal, joining a small but elite group of animals that use tools. Scientists said on Wednesday that in ...

Giant invasive fish lurks in Nagoya Castle moat

Sep 15, 2016

Giant invasive fish lurks in Nagoya Castle moat

They slip away each time. Two large alligator gars, nonnative carnivorous fish, have evaded capture in the vast moat of Nagoya Castle ever since the first one was found lurking there seven years ago. A second one was spotted in the depths three years ...