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Latest Research

  • Brief Communication |

    An assessment of global extinction in plants shows almost 600 species have become extinct, at a rate higher than background extinction levels, with the highest rates on islands, in the tropics and for shrubs, trees or species with narrow ranges.

    • Aelys M. Humphreys
    • , Rafaël Govaerts
    • , Sarah Z. Ficinski
    • , Eimear Nic Lughadha
    •  & Maria S. Vorontsova
  • Article |

    Phylogenetic comparative analysis of Antarctic notothenioid fishes reveals a burst of genomic diversification and evolution of key skeletal modifications before the onset of polar conditions in the Southern Ocean.

    • Jacob M. Daane
    • , Alex Dornburg
    • , Patrick Smits
    • , Daniel J. MacGuigan
    • , M. Brent Hawkins
    • , Thomas J. Near
    • , H. William Detrich III
    •  & Matthew P. Harris
  • Article |

    Palaeoproteomics offers an opportunity to resolve molecular phylogenies especially in contexts where ancient DNA does not preserve. Here collagen sequences resolve sloth phylogenies differently from morphology-based estimates, illuminating the utility of proteomics in systematics.

    • Samantha Presslee
    • , Graham J. Slater
    • , François Pujos
    • , Analía M. Forasiepi
    • , Roman Fischer
    • , Kelly Molloy
    • , Meaghan Mackie
    • , Jesper V. Olsen
    • , Alejandro Kramarz
    • , Matías Taglioretti
    • , Fernando Scaglia
    • , Maximiliano Lezcano
    • , José Luis Lanata
    • , John Southon
    • , Robert Feranec
    • , Jonathan Bloch
    • , Adam Hajduk
    • , Fabiana M. Martin
    • , Rodolfo Salas Gismondi
    • , Marcelo Reguero
    • , Christian de Muizon
    • , Alex Greenwood
    • , Brian T. Chait
    • , Kirsty Penkman
    • , Matthew Collins
    •  & Ross D. E. MacPhee

News & Comment

  • News & Views |

    The adaptive radiation of notothenioid fishes after the Antarctic glaciation was preceded by rapid genomic evolution and reduced bone density.

    • Sarah J. Longo
  • News & Views |

    A model-based approach allows quantification of lineage-specific speciation and extinction rates on the basis of phylogenetic trees.

    • Tanja Stadler
  • Comment |

    As Bolivia approaches presidential elections in October 2019, the country’s environmental leadership is at stake. We discuss urgent challenges and opportunities for reconciling conservation and societal needs in this mega-diverse country.

    • Alfredo Romero-Muñoz
    • , Álvaro Fernández-Llamazares
    • , Mónica Moraes R.
    • , Daniel M. Larrea-Alcázar
    •  & Claire F. R. Wordley
  • News & Views |

    Long-term data on sockeye salmon in Alaska show how warmer temperatures during the juvenile freshwater stage of this species can drive shifts in later life history patterns.

    • Elizabeth A. Marschall
  • Editorial |

    The IPBES global assessment has brought biodiversity prominently to the attention of policymakers and the public, and researchers should seize this critical opportunity to engender change towards sustainability.


  • Researchers have performed the most comprehensive study to date on pollinator feeding habits in cities. They document what plants pollinators prefer and use computer models to predict the best ways to help them thrive.

  • Years before they conquered the Internet, cats colonized our sofas. DNA from over 200 cat remains shows that farmers in the Near East were probably the first people to successfully tame wild cats 9,000 years ago, before a second wave of cat domestication a few thousand years later in ancient Egypt.

  • One of the major threats to biodiversity worldwide is international trade. The maps in this video show how consumers in the US and Japan are endangering animal species in 'threat hotspots' around the world.

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