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2014-06-18 05:17:59

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online When it comes to most creatures, the hindquarters tend to be responsible for only one specific task. However, some types of turtles possess rear ends capable of multitasking – and now experts believe they know why. According to Esther Inglis-Arkell of io9.com, species such as the Australian Fitzroy river turtle and the North American eastern painted turtle can breathe through their back ends, even though both creatures can...

Turtles Forced Out Of Habitat By CLimate Change
2013-10-09 14:32:38

[ Watch the Video: North American Turtles Face Shrinking Habitats ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As climate change progresses, it threatens to push species out of their current habitats and into unfamiliar territories. According to a new research review in the journal PLOS ONE, turtle populations face an uncertain future and could be stressed or severely threatened by climate change-induced displacement. In the study, researchers looked at 59 species of North...

Polluted Habitats Force Snapping Turtles To Move Into Urban Settings
2013-08-28 11:09:27

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online People swimming in the Midwest’s lakes and ponds are often on the lookout for snapping turtles, which are said to be capable of taking off fingers or toes with their powerful jaws and sharp beak. A new study published in the journal Urban Ecosystems indicates that human pollution and waste could be increasingly forcing these turtles out of their more natural habitats and closer to humans. "Snapping turtles are animals that can...

Unraveling The Bizarre Features Of The Turtle Genome
2013-03-28 07:05:03

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The western painted turtle (Chrysemys picta bellii) is one of the most widespread species of turtle in North America. This creature is found in fresh, slow-moving waters from southern Canada to northern Mexico and from the Atlantic to the Pacific. And because this species has been widely studied, it only makes sense for researchers to sequence its genome, and that they´ve done. Publishing the work in this week´s Genome...

River Turtle Population Suffers Decades After Harvesting
2012-09-26 14:34:07

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A recently published study by researchers from the University of Florida has shown how the river-dwelling northern map turtles have struggled to rebuild their populations since an unfortunate era of harvesting in the 1970´s. A previous study of the northern map turtle, which can be found in river systems from Arkansas to Quebec, was compiled by Max Nickerson of the Florida Museum of Natural History. As curator of herpetology,...

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2009-03-26 13:30:00

Conservationists fear turtle populations could suffer permanent damage due to the increasing demand for turtle harvesting in Southeast Asia, the Associated Press reported. Fred Janzen, an Iowa State University professor who studies ecology, said freshwater turtle populations have plunged in Asian countries where turtle meat is a delicacy. Turtle harvesting has increased from 29,000 pounds in 1987 to 235,000 pounds in 2007 in Iowa alone, where data shows that the number of licensed...


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conjunto
  • A style of popular dance music originating along the border between Texas and Mexico, characterized by the use of accordion, drums, and 12-string bass guitar and traditionally based on polka, waltz, and bolero rhythms.
The word 'conjunto' comes through Spanish, from Latin coniūnctus, past participle of coniungere, to join together; see conjoin