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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....


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.