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[22.05.2017] The angel shark family (Squatinidae) is the second most threatened group of sharks and rays in the world. The Angelshark (Squatina squatina) was once widespread throughout the Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea, however it has now almost disappeared throughout its natural range, mainly due to overfishing. Today, the Canary Islands is the last refuge for the Angelshark, but here too they are under threat. One key factor preventing effective conservation is lack of detailed scientific information about their ecology.
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[05.05.2017] Angelsharks have been eliminated throughout much of their historical range over the past century and are now listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species . However, the Angelshark is still frequently encountered in the Canary Islands, giving hope that this species can be saved from extinction.
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[06.03.2017] On the 8th of June 2017 Dr. Katarina Schmidt-Loske (Research Center of Historical Biology– Biohistoricum — at the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig, Leibniz-Institute for Animal Biodiversity, Bonn) will give a lecture with the title "Pupa, chrysalis and cocoon". As an artist Maria Sibylla Merian documented a huge number of insect life cycles. They were published in her Raupenbücher (1679, 1683 and1717) and her Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium (1705).
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[01.02.2017] starting 28.01.17: FRESHWATER - Life in Flow
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[18.01.2017] Scientists from Germany (Bonn) have discovered 127 new species of „Mini chafers“(a beetle group with the Latin name Sericini) from the Indian Subcontinent. The examined species were since decades in different collections of the world. After a study of nearly 20 years they were now named and described . In course of this long-term project it was for example also unveiled the identity of the mysterious Khomeini's beetle.
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[01.12.2016] An international team of scientists evaluated the performance of DNA barcoding and the barcode reference library applied to large-scale Malaise trap samples from two German sites over the span of one summer. The scientists conclude that such approaches could help in providing crucial knowledge of the insect biodiversity and its dynamics, as well as enable more efficient management of a habitat’s inventory. Their findings are published in the open access Biodiversity Data Journal.
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[18.11.2016] The diaphragm is unique to mammals and our most important respiratory muscle. Scientists at the University of Bonn and the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig examined breathing in extinct caseids and came to the surprising conclusion that the diaphragm evolved about 50 million years earlier than previously assumed. The study just appeared in the “Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences”.
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[27.01.2016] During research on the small mammal diversity in the West African country of Guinea, mammalogist Dr. Jan Decher from the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig - Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity in Bonn and his team discovered an attractive small bat, which will have the scientific name Neoromicia isabella in future, or Isabelline White-winged Serotine in English.
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[06.04.2015] Six new species of Chinese Dragon Millipedes, including species that live exclusively in caves (Fig. 1), were recently described through international cooperation of research institutes from China, Russia and Germany. These cave species have unusually long legs and antennae, in one case resembling a stick insect (but with many more legs, Fig. 2), others appear ghosty white and are translucent (Fig. 3). The study was published in the open access journal ZooKeys.
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[07.11.2014] A collaboration of more than 100 researchers from 10 countries announce the results of an unprecedented scientific study that resolves the history of the evolution of insects.
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