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28 March 2019

A double burden: Land use and climate jointly alter montane biodiversity and ecosystems...

27 March 2019

European farmlands are losing their insect-eating birds...

26 March 2019

The big picture about climate change emerges from looking at small bivalves...

06 March 2019

Neue exotische Mückenart siedelt sich in Hessen an...

05 March 2019

Weltweiter Handel bringt biologische Vielfalt in Bedrängnis...

Press Releases

The blue whale genome reveals the animals' extraordinary evolutionary history

Frankfurt / Germay, April 5, 2018. For the first time, scientists have deciphered the complete genome of the blue whale and three other rorquals. These insights now allow tracking the evolutionary history of the worlds’ largest animal and its relatives in unprecedented detail. Surprisingly, the genomes show that rorquals have been hybridizing during their evolutionary history. In addition, rorquals seem to have separated into different species in the absence of geographical barriers. This phenomenon, called sympatric speciation, is very rare in animals.