No need to hit the movie theater or download the app: Angry Birds can be found right in your backyard this summer — if you live in the suburbs, that is. Virginia Tech researchers found in Southwest Virginia that birds living in suburban areas show significantly higher levels of territorial aggression than their country counterparts.
Completely intact with bones, feathers, and soft tissues, the fossils are a previously unknown relative of the modern-day ostrich. The artifacts were named and studied by Sterling Nesbitt of Virginia Tech’s College of Science.
Common garter snakes, along with four other snake species, have evolved the ability to eat such extremely toxic species as the rough-skinned newt — amphibians that would kill a human predator — thanks to at least 100 million years of evolution.
Johnsongrass can rapidly adapt to changes in climate, soil, surrounding organisms, and agriculture in ways not previously observed in other plants, making it an important model system to explore the underpinnings of weediness.