It was not easy, but scientists have finally completed axolotl genome sequencing. They may now be holding the key to mimicking the creatures' regeneration capabilities in humans.
Animals January 27, 2019
The three newly identified groundwater salamander species are all endemic in Central Texas. These predators play an important role in maintaining the quality and quantity of fresh water that people in Texas depend on.
Animals January 14, 2019
Scientists were finally able to officially name and describe a creature that has long been the subject of rumors. The reticulated siren lives in muddy waters in Florida and Alabama.
Animals December 6, 2018
Populations of Chinese Giant Salamanders, once thought to occur widely across China, are dwindling, according to a new study. Humans must try to conserve this species, but that might be difficult.
Animals May 23, 2018
Fire salamanders In Europe are facing possible extinction due to a skin-eating fungal disease. Infected amphibians rapidly succumb to the deadly Asian fungus, which could even reach the United States through the pet trade.
Animals April 21, 2017
Arenahippus, an early horse the size of a dog, shrank to the size of a cat as a result of global warming more than 50 million years ago. How does climate change affect modern-day plants and animals?
Earth/Environment March 17, 2017
Wildlife officials and biologists in the United States are working together to protect and preserve the population of salamanders in the country. A deadly fungus that has devastated Europe's salamander species is threatening to arrive.
Animals June 2, 2016
Scientists in South Wales have developed a new repair system that mimics how salamanders grow their limbs. The new stem cell therapy raises hopes for regeneration of damaged bones and tissues.
Life April 6, 2016
It’s not unusual to see a fish move on land, but to see one -- especially a rare cave angel fish -- move like a salamander is quite spectacular. How does the cave angel fish manage this amazing feat?
Animals March 27, 2016
A blind cavefish discovered in Thailand can walk and climb waterfalls like four-footed creatures. What does this walking fish reveal about early land vertebrates?
Animals March 25, 2016
Taking inspiration from amphibians, researchers tested a protein drug that stimulates the Wnt molecular pathway to divide stems cells and produce bone cells. This molecular activation enables faster recovery in bone fracture patients.
Life November 24, 2015
Salamanders had been the only modern tetrapods or four-legged vertebrates that can regenerate their limbs, tails, and internal organs lost or injured in their lifetime. A large sample of fossils offered evolutionary clues into their regenative capacity.
Animals October 27, 2015
Scientists unearthed a never-before seen salamander fossil preserved in amber. This is the first hint of salamanders living in the Caribbean, 20 to 30 million years ago.
Earth/Environment August 20, 2015
The first salamander ever found preserved in amber puts the species in the Caribbean, where no salamanders exist today. The finding gives clues to the past history of the region's many islands, researchers say.
August 19, 2015
The Bsal fungus is believed to come from China and is spread through pet trade. Scientists warn that it could wipe up entire species of Salamander in North America.
Animals August 2, 2015
A giant salamander that thrived during the Triassic era posed threats to early mammals and early dinosaurs that got close to it. The salamander's disappearance, however, paved the way to the dinosaur's rise to dominance.
Earth/Environment March 24, 2015
New York used to be teeming with eastern hellbenders. Environmentalists are petitioning to have the salamanders included in the endangered list to safeguard them against pollution and habitat destruction.
Earth/Environment November 26, 2014
Experts say changes in laws about importing live animals needed to protect North American salamander species from deadly disease. Researchers warn of fungus currently decimating species in Europe.
Animals November 2, 2014
Hellbender salamanders are become less common throughout the eastern United States. Some conservationists are questioning if those losses are caused by pollution and habitat loss.
Earth/Environment July 10, 2014
Salamanders are reportedly shrinking due to the effects of climate change in North America, scientists believe. A recently released study points to data from the Appalachians.
Earth/Environment July 1, 2014
Salamander species expending more energy just to survive in warmer, drier habitats with changing climate, have less energy to grow and are gradually shrinking in size.
Earth/Environment March 29, 2014
Mexican biologists fear that the axolotl may have finally disappeared from their natural lake habitats.
Animals January 30, 2014