Researchers discover overlooked Jurassic Park of lizards

Journal Reference: Arnau Bolet, Thomas L Stubbs, Jorge A Herrera-Flores, Michael J Benton. The Jurassic rise of squamates as supported by lepidosaur disparity and evolutionary rates. eLife, 2022; 11 DOI: 10.7554/eLife.66511 The Squamata is the largest order of reptiles, including lizards, snakes and worm lizards. Squamates are all cold-blooded, and their skins are covered by … Read more

Private protected areas help conserve overlooked and threatened regions

Journal Reference: Rachel Palfrey, Johan A. Oldekop, George Holmes. Privately protected areas increase global protected area coverage and connectivity. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2022; DOI: 10.1038/s41559-022-01715-0 A privately protected area (PPA) is a privately managed portion of land set aside to preserve biodiversity and ecosystems. PPAs can be set up by a number of different … Read more

New species of marine plankton found, an overlooked source of nutrients in the oceans

Journal Reference: Christopher R. Schvarcz, Samuel T. Wilson, Mathieu Caffin, Rosalina Stancheva, Qian Li, Kendra A. Turk-Kubo, Angelicque E. White, David M. Karl, Jonathan P. Zehr, Grieg F. Steward. Overlooked and widespread pennate diatom-diazotroph symbioses in the sea. Nature Communications, 2022; 13 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41467-022-28065-6 Diatoms, with their intricately patterned cell walls made of glassy … Read more

Medical cannabis can reduce essential tremor: Turns on overlooked cells in central nervous system

Journal Reference: Eva Maria Meier Carlsen, Sarah Falk, Urszula Skupio, Laurie Robin, Antonio C. Pagano Zottola, Giovanni Marsicano, Jean-François Perrier. Spinal astroglial cannabinoid receptors control pathological tremor. Nature Neuroscience, 2021; DOI: 10.1038/s41593-021-00818-4 Cannabinoids are compounds found in cannabis and in the central nervous system. Using a mouse model, the researchers have demonstrated that a specific … Read more