Science & You

A juvenile bull shark from the Indian River Lagoon. Florida Museum of Natural History photo by George Burgess

Shark scavenging helps reveal clues about human remains

Shark feeding habits are helping scientists identify marks on human bones found in the ocean. By analyzing shark scavenging behavior, the University of Florida’s C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory identified which marks were left behind by...
Hellbender

Young hellbenders need a kids’ menu

Juvenile hellbenders have a different diet than adults, a finding that could help improve conservation efforts of the giant aquatic salamanders. A study of diet...
Northern parula. Florida Museum of Natural History photo by Ryan Terrill

Migratory birds bumped off schedule as climate change shifts spring

New research shows climate change is altering the delicate seasonal clock that North American migratory songbirds rely on to successfully mate and raise healthy offspring, setting in motion a domino effect that could threaten the survival of many fam...
Miami blue conservation

Miami Blue Butterflies

Once common throughout coastal southern Florida, the Miami blue butterfly now ranks among North America’s rarest insects. While the main driver of the butter...
frog on clay pot

Behold, the ancient ones

Frogs date back more than 150 million years in the fossil record, and for centuries, the amphibians have been idolized and used in various ways by different cultures. Frog toxins are remarkably potent in the human body and may be used to treat hea...