For the past four months, researchers working at the Postojna Cave in Slovenia have been waiting for a batch of eggs laid by an iconic salamander to hatch. The first two hatchlings have finally emerged, exciting the scientific community and captivating the entire country.
Paleontologists working in the Caribbean have uncovered the first-ever salamander preserved in amber. It’s a discovery that’s shedding light not just on salamander evolution, but the ancient geology of the Caribbean itself.
Back in the Triassic, giant amphibians were major predators. When their lake home dried up, the creatures — most closely related to modern salamanders — went extinct. And the resulting mass grave of a species called Metoposaurus algarvensis has been found in Portugal.
A University of Haifa ecology lab that collected wild specimens of an endangered salamander got more than it expected, when one of the salamanders gave birth to an offspring with two heads. The lab also got some unwelcome publicity, when the media began referring to it as the "radioactive" salamander.
Here's an example of truth being not only stranger than fiction, but more politically questionable as well. Salamanders in the northeastern United States are mating and producing hordes of female hybrid sex parasites that threaten to overwhelm the species.
The iconic axolotl — a salamander-like creature capable of extraordinary regenerative abilities — has disappeared from its only known natural habitat in Mexico's few remaining lakes.
Why do some salamanders regenerate limbs faster than others? A team of biologists has identified genetic factors that may dictate the rate at which limbs and organs re-grow in these incredible amphibians, shedding much-needed light on one of the most remarkable physiological feats in the animal kingdom.
If you live in the Appalachian region of the U.S., you may not have realized you're in one of the most unusual ecosystems in the world. This mountainous land, ribboned by streams, is home to the world's most diverse salamander population. But you'd never know that just by looking.
Australian researchers have isolated an immune system cell in salamanders which helps it regenerate missing limbs and damaged organs — and they suspect the same thing could work in humans, too.
Ever wonder how we're going to create humans who can breathe underwater? Of course you do. Now a study published this week about how algae insinuate themselves into salamander embryos (and DNA) could provide the beginnings of an answer.
Imagine that you're working on a home improvement project and, being a bit of a klutz, something goes wrong: a slip of the saw and you've lost a finger. Is there any hope of regaining your lost digit?
The 2.5-foot-long hellbender (a.k.a. "the snot otter" a.k.a. "the devil dog" a.k.a. North America's largest salamander) once populated the waterways all over the northeastern United States. Now, its population has declined such that scientists are cryopreserving its spiral-shaped sperm.