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Turtles can tolerate warmer temperatures, given time

New research shows turtles can tolerate warmer conditions – but their ability to cope with climate change will likely depend on how quickly temperatures rise.

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Caribbean bones reveal the origin of the ‘island murderer’

From skeletal remains found among centuries-old owl pellets, Museum scientists have recovered the first DNA sample of the extinct Caribbean mammal genus Nesophontes.

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Biodiversity loss breaching safe limits worldwide

The loss of species diversity has reached unsafe levels across 58% of the world’s land surface, according to a new assessment led by Museum scientists.

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Why sea snails are pretty in pink

Museum-led research uncovers the pigments that give the sea snails Clanculus pharaonius and C. margaritarius their striking pink and yellow-brown shells.

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Crayfish and flatworms coevolved, but now face coextinction

DNA sequencing by Museum scientists has revealed how endangered Australian crayfish and their symbiotic flatworms evolved together – and may soon become extinct together too.

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Water voles colonised Britain in two waves

Did English and Scottish water voles arrive in Britain at the same time, or did later English colonisers displace the earlier arrivals? New research unpicks data spanning 28,000 years.

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First bone-eating worm found in warm waters

Museum scientists have found that Osedax worms, which feed on the bones of whale carcasses, can live in shallow Mediterranean waters.

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Tropical biodiversity developed more than 35 million years ago

The tendency for species diversity to be greatest near the Equator developed 34 to 48 million years ago during the Eocene Epoch, Museum scientists have found.

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Miniature brain scans hold key to understanding bee behaviour

Scientists have imaged the brains of bumblebees in unprecedented detail, revealing the regions linked to learning and memory.

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