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Phylogenetic relationships among 15 species of wood mice (genus Apodemus) were reconstructed to explore some long-standing taxonomic problems. The results provided support for the monophyly of the genus Apodemus, but could not reject the hypothesis of paraphyly for this genus. Our data divided the 15 species into four major groups: (1) the Sylvaemus group(More)
The giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) is currently threatened by habitat loss, fragmentation, and human persecution. Its dietary specialization, habitat isolation, and reproductive constraints have led to a perception that this is a species at an "evolutionary dead end," destined for deterministic extinction in the modern world. Here we examine this(More)
Giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) are an iconic conservation species, but despite significant research effort, do we understand what they really need? Estimating and mapping suitable habitat play a critical role in conservation planning and policy. But if assumptions about ecological needs are wrong, maps with misidentified suitable habitat will(More)
BACKGROUND, AIM, AND SCOPE Foraging patches can be described as a nested hierarchy of aggregated resources, implying that study of foraging by wild animals should be directed across different spatial scales. However, almost all previous research on habitat selection by the giant panda has concentrated upon one scale. In this research, we carried out a field(More)
The security of wireless sensor networks is ever more important nowadays. Most of the proposed security protocols in wireless sensor networks are based on authentication and encryption. But all of them only address part of the problem of security in wireless sensor networks. Recently, the use of reputation and trust systems has become an important secure(More)
The red panda Ailurus fulgens Cuvier, 1825 is endemic to the Himalayan-Hengduan Mountains. Many of its ecological traits are still poorly understood although important from a scientific standpoint as a highly specialized bamboo feeder. To understand its food habits and space-use, we carried out a field study from April 2002 to May 2003 in Fengtongzhai(More)
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