Findings from this research show that the decline in flying insect biomass far exceeds previous estimates. At number 8, “A Feathered Dinosaur Tail with Primitive Plumage Trapped in Mid-Cretaceous Amber” published in Current Biology.
Impressively, 206 news stories, 34 blog posts, and 3 mentions in Wikipedia came from this research, along with 3,917 tweets and 123 Facebook posts! In this work, Lida Xing and colleagues describe one of the first non-availan theropods and describe a species that had teeth which it lost as it aged.
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While citations to academic papers are easy to track (see Google Scholar, World of Science), it’s quite informative to see what research people are actually “talking” about.
Number 21, “Global warming and recurrent mass bleaching of corals” published in Nature.
This paper examines how recent record temperature have caused mass bleaching of coral reefs and highlights the importance of curbing future global warming to prevent further damage. Coral bleaching occurs when coral expel the algae that live in the coral’s tissues, leaving the coral more likely to suffer stress, leading to increased likelihood of death.The old TV news adage is “if it bleeds, it leads,” . gluten, smartphones, traffic, social media, coffee, the length of pubic hair), but they also want to read about big picture environmental issues too (e.g.plastic on beaches, water on the moon, new species, dinosaurs! I have culled through the list and pulled out the most talked about “ecology” and “environmental” research of 2017.Within these environments only extremeophile organisms, ones who thrive in these conditions survive.The conditions created mirror those of early Earth, making them prime study areas for the origins of life.Ecology emerged out of the scientific revolution unleashed by Charles Darwin, seeking to understand the development of ecosystems, biodiversity and the entire realm of life from the smallest organisms to the entire planet.Ecology is all about the interaction between living things and their environment, what are known as ecosystems.This study looks at what will happen in the future if current production and waste management methods continue. Number 35, “Biological annihilation via the ongoing sixth mass extinction signaled by vertebrate population losses and declines” in PNAS.This work analyzed the population declines and extinctions of invertebrate species due to effects from humans. Number 42, “Global risk of deadly heat” published in Nature Climate Change.Ecosystems are constantly changing and evolving, sometimes changing slowly over thousands or millions of years, and sometimes quite rapidly.Ecologists have sought to organize the world into what is known as a nested hierarchy, in which life is classified from the smallest (genes), through larger, more complex systems, from species to communities to the entire biosphere of the planet.