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Smallest Ever Mammoth Species Identified
2012-05-09 10:12:56

Researchers at London's Natural History Museum have discovered the smallest species of mammoth to ever roam the Earth -- a dwarf version of the ancient creature that was approximately the size of a modern baby Asian or African elephant, according to a statement released by the museum on Wednesday. According to that press release, the mammoth, species Mammuthus creticus, was approximately one meter tall and weighed roughly 300kg, or half the weight of M. lamarmorai, which was previously...

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2011-05-31 11:55:00

Researchers said that the woolly mammoth may have mated with a much larger elephant species. Woolly mammoths roamed the planet for over a million years, ranging from Europe to Asia to North America.  Nearly all these mammals vanished from Siberia about 10,000 years ago, although dwarf mammoths survived until 3,700 years ago. Although woolly mammoths lived in the cold of the tundra, the Columbia mammoth preferred the more temperate regions of southern and central North America. "We are...

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2010-12-07 12:49:30

A giant marabou stork has been found on an island that was once home to human-like "hobbits." Fossils of the stork were discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores, which is a place that became famous for many discoveries like the Homo floresiensis, a hominin species related to modern humans. Researchers say that the stork may have been capable of hunting and eating juvenile members of this hominid species. The finding also helps explain how prehistoric wildlife adapted to living on...

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2010-07-08 14:09:37

TAU biologist refutes conventional thinking on evolution Long before TV's campy Fantasy Island, the isolation of island communities has touched an exotic and magical core in us. Darwin's fascination with the Galapagos island chain and the evolution of its plant and animal life is just one example. Think of the extensive lore surrounding island-bred creatures like Komodo dragons, dwarf elephants, and Hobbit-sized humans. Conventional wisdom has it that they "” and a horde of...

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2008-04-17 10:20:00

The Borneo pygmy elephant may not be native to the island of Borneo after all. Instead, the population could be the last survivors of the Javan elephant race "“ accidentally saved from extinction by the Sultan of Sulu centuries ago, suggests an article co-authored by World Wildlife Fund (WWF).The origins of the pygmy elephants, found only on the northeast tip of the island in part of the Heart of Borneo, have long been shrouded in mystery. Their looks and behavior differ from other...

2006-08-22 04:51:58

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Skeletal remains of a homonoid nicknamed "hobbit" and found in a cave on a remote Indonesian island are from an ancestor of human pygmies still living there today, scientists say. Previous researchers concluded in 2004 that the remains on Flores island represented a new species of human, "Homo floresiensis," which was about 3-feet tall with brains roughly the size of grapefruits. But in an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this...

2006-08-22 04:50:00

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Skeletal remains of a homonoid nicknamed "hobbit" and found in a cave on a remote Indonesian island are from an ancestor of human pygmies still living there today, scientists say. Previous researchers concluded in 2004 that the remains on Flores island represented a new species of human, "Homo floresiensis," which was about 3-feet tall with brains roughly the size of grapefruits. But in an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week, a team...

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2005-06-30 13:00:00

IN THE BORNEO FOREST, Malaysia -- Crouched in the vine-tangled forest of Borneo, where the brightest part of the day seems like dusk, Elis Tambing finally got the elusive animal in his laser sight and fired. The pink-quilled dart found its mark: the rump of the female pygmy elephant, a unique and endangered animal found only in Malaysia's Sabah state on Borneo Island. Two more shots and the gentle giant, nicknamed Taliwas after the forest where she lives, dozed off standing up,...


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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'