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The predicted paths and the actual paths of the San Diego pocket mouse across different road types in San Diego County. Figure 1 in Brehme et al. 2013. --Photographer: USGS
MONDAY JUL 08 2013
When does the pocket mouse cross the road? If the road is paved, it may not.As evidenced by many a roadkill carcass, high traffic roads pose an obviou ...more
Right photo provided by the Kaepernick family showing NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick with his pet African spurred tortoise. Left photo from --Photographer: Rick Kaepernick/NFL
The San Francisco 49ers came short of a Super Bowl victory this past Sunday, and perhaps no one is taking it harder than star quarterback Colin Kaeper ...more
Leiolopisma alazon, the Lauan ground skink, photographed in July 2011 --Photographer: Robert Fisher/USGS
MONDAY FEB 27 2012
What you see here is one of the first photographs ever taken of a living Lauan ground skink (Leiolopisma alazon) -- a three-inch long lizard that is f ...more
Robert Fisher at UC Berkeley --Photographer: UC Berkeley Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
Southern California, land of Hollywood glitz and military might. But it is also home to a highly biodiverse landscape of unique plants and animals. ...more
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