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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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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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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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Slave trade brought deadly parasite to the Caribbean

Schistosoma mansoni, a water-borne parasite that affects millions of people worldwide, was carried to the Americas by the slave trade, researchers have found.

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New love bug found with heart-shaped leg

A new group of beetles with a heart-shaped leg joint has been discovered in the Belize rainforest by Museum scientist Max Barclay.

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