Building on yesterday’s post from GatesNotes (Bill’s official blog) about killer mosquitoes, and our previous stories about deadly sharks and deadlier humans, here’s a visual statement about Earth’s real #1 … [Read full article]
Thinking we might fool somebody, we began our February story about the Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) with “The most dangerous creature in the world is not what you think … [Read full article]
Western Screech Owl (Megascops kennicottii) from Montana (source: nice-cool-pics.com). Last week, a small, grayish tufted screech owl found itself in big trouble. Softly gliding at dusk through a forested northern … [Read full article]
Two ecologist discover that by adapting Google’s Page Rank algorithm they were able to “reverse engineer” the collapse of food webs, and thus determining which species in a given web are most critical to the web’s existence.
The ‘bearded goby’ (Sufflogobius bibarbatus), a small, common, prey species of fish, has become adapted to the “toxic” conditions near the sea floor of this pelagic zone. Analysis of the fish’s gut has shown that up to 60% of its diet consists of jellyfish–a marine creature few animals prey upon due to their venomous stings. Remarkably, the fish has become the pivotal player in a newly emergent ecosystem.