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Big, Bad Challenges for Spain’s Rebounding Wolves

Ever since I came face-to-face with a pack of wolves in rural Indiana, they’ve had a special place in my heart. At one wolf sanctuary, I was allowed up-close access. For the first time, I was able to feel their coarse fur and look into their deep, inquisitive eyes. These were not dogs. There was no immediate trust … it had to be earned.

Is Your Salmon Small Because of Hungry Cavemen?

Stone Age fishermen in northern Spain selected the biggest whoppers, leaving us with a smaller catch, a new study claims.

Iberian Lynx in Crisis: Virus Outbreak Threatens the World’s Most Endangered Cat

Hidden in the marshes and mountains of southwestern Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, the last Iberian lynx may be quietly padding into history. The lynx’s future depends on whether its sole prey, the European rabbit, can survive an outbreak of a disease known as rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV). A new variant of RHDV has arrived with…

Gone Wild in Salamanca

The 10th World Wilderness Congress themed “Making the World a Wilder Place” took place over the last week in Salamanca, Spain. This is a centuries-old Spanish city where walking the streets is a living history lesson.  2013 marks its 25th year as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It was an amazing setting for this event – a…

Climate Change Imperils Efforts to Save Lynx from Extinction, Study Finds

Almost 100 million euros (U.S.$ 130 million) has been spent so far on conservation efforts for the last 250 remaining Iberian lynxes in the wild, but the world’s most endangered cat species is likely to go extinct within 50 years because the management plans do not provide for the effects of climate change, researchers warn.

Crittercam Tracking a Monkey Between Two Worlds

The Crittercam team is on the rock of Gibraltar, working with Dr. Agustin Fuentes of Notre Dame on a study of the legendary resident macaques.

(Bear) Dogs and Cats Living Together!

  Nine million years ago, an almost unimaginable-to-humans living situation arose in the woodlands of central Spain. There, the fossil record shows that saber-toothed cats and bear dogs were cohabitating—sharing food and living space and challenging the very stereotypes we hold about cats and dogs today. A team of paleontologists from the University of Michigan,…

“The Symbol” Part 4: Our Lizard Saga Comes to an End

At the end of their Spanish lizard-photographing expedition Neil Losin and Nate Dappen stumble on lizards of such a variety of color that it blows the biologists’ minds.

“The Symbol” Part 3: Island of Mystery

In the Spanish Mediterranean islands of Ibiza and Formentera to create a book about the endemic Ibiza Wall Lizard, Neil Losin and Nate Dappan get the rare opportunity to summit a legendary island two miles off shore.

“The Symbol” Part 2: Photographing Lizards in Paradise

National Geographic Young Explorer Neil Losin continues his research and adventures in and around Formentera, Spain, to reveal the secrets of life as a local lizard.

Basque Origins Predate Arrival of Farmers in Iberian Peninsula, DNA Analysis Finds

Comprehensive analysis of Basque genetic patterns has found that Basque genetic uniqueness predates the arrival of agriculture in the Iberian Peninsula some 7,000 years ago, the Genographic Project announced today. “Through detailed DNA analysis of samples from the French and Spanish Basque regions, the Genographic team found that Basques share unique genetic patterns that distinguish them from…

Prehistoric Cave Art Discovered in Basque Country

In a cave just outside an industrial town in Biscay, Spain, researchers have unexpectedly discovered images of horses and hand prints dating back some 25,000 years. It’s only the fifth such discovery in the province since 1904. See photos and learn more about the discovery.

Are we Wired to Be Envious of One Another?

Envy may be a deadly sin, but is it hard-coded into our genes? A Spanish economist thinks it may be part of our evolutionary inheritance. There are powerful evolutionary reasons for being envious, according to a Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) researcher who has tried to understand the economic causes and consequences of the envy.…

Catalonia is Spain’s first mainland region to outlaw bullfighting

Spain’s northeastern Catalonia region has become the country’s first mainland region to ban bullfighting after a heated parliamentary debate, Aljazeera.net reported today. “Cheers broke out in the local 135-seat legislature on Wednesday after the speaker announced the ban had passed by a vote 68 to 55 with nine abstentions,” Aljazeera said. Aljazeera posted this video…

Paul the psychic octopus picks Spain to win Football World Cup

World Cup fever has infected the animal world. Even the denizens of the ocean are weighing in on which team–Spain or the Netherlands–is going to win the final, in South Africa this weekend. Spain will defeat Netherlands in Sunday’s Football World Cup final, according to the latest prediction from Paul the psychic octopus, ESPN reported…