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2009-06-03 12:27:36

U.S. scientists are warning of the possible consequences of coextinctions -- the loss of a species as well as the parasites or mutualists that depend on it. North Carolina State University biologist Rob Dunn and colleagues said mathematical models suggest coextinctions are very common, yet there have been few reported cases of coextinction in scientific literature. Since the diversity of parasitic or affiliated species -- which may include viruses, ticks, lice and bacteria "¦ but also...

2009-06-01 15:05:00

Hands wring and teeth gnash over the loss of endangered species like the panda or the polar bear. But what happens to the parasites hosted by endangered species? And although most people would side with the panda over the parasite, which group should we worry about more?In a new paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, North Carolina State University biologist Rob Dunn and colleagues examine the concept of coextinction, or the domino effect of extinctions caused by species loss....


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'