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Species Interactions Could Be Affected By Global Warming
2012-06-23 09:06:42

Yale and University of Connecticut researchers report that more extinctions will take place due to global warming should "scientists fail to account for interactions among species in their models." According to Phoebe Zarnetske, primary author and postdoctoral fellow at Yale´s School of forestry & Environmental Studies department, “Currently, most models predicting the effects of climate change treat species separately and focus only on climatic and environmental drivers."...

Mass Extinction Of Species Could Prove Harmful To Humans
2012-06-20 11:29:42

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com Plants and animals, both wild and domestic, are inextricably linked and any mass extinction of species would be catastrophic for life around the world, including humans. That´s the underlying theme in the newest update to the Red List of Threatened Species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released Tuesday at the Rio+20 conference. The report showed that “of the 63,837 species assessed, 19,817 are threatened with...

Climate Change Linked To Woolly Mammoth Decline
2012-06-14 08:29:59

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com New evidence points to a dual conspiracy of climate change factors and hunting activities by early man that to drove the woolly mammoth to extinction between 4,000 and 10,000 years ago. The gradual decline of the sub-Arctic giant was likely caused in part by global warming induced changes in habitat, according to a new report published by an American-led research team in Nature Communications this week. These changes included a decline in the mammoths' food...

The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse Are Saddling Up
2012-06-07 12:17:11

Michael Crumbliss Twenty years ago scientists met at the Earth Summit in Rio to examine the climate and ecology of the Earth and man´s impacts. Two decades later 17 prominent ecologists have released a paper summarizing the evidence of the 1000´s of ecological studies undertaken in since 1992. In short they decided that the evidence is overwhelming and consistent. The danger of a catastrophic ecological crash is looming and is far more immediate than previously believed. In...

2012-06-06 23:02:54

Endangered Species blog ℠Endangered Earth Journal.com´ is featuring an interview with Liz Bennett, Vice President for Species Conservation at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), for World Environment Day. Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) June 06, 2012 As part of its ongoing interview series on endangered species, Endangered Earth Journal.com is featuring an interview with Liz Bennett, Vice President for Species Conservation at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), for World...

Iowa Man Finds Woolly Mammoth In Backyard
2012-06-06 12:44:29

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com A man in Iowa has discovered the remains of a woolly mammoth that laid to rest thousands of years ago in his backyard. The man, identified only as John, said that one of his sons found something while walking in the forest behind their property in 2010, and John realized that the object was a bone. “I got down on my hands and knees on the bank, and I could see a marrow line around the edge of this, and I said, ℠Boys, that´s a bone....

2012-05-28 19:22:05

The responsibility for choosing which Australian native species survive — and which go extinct — may ultimately fall to ordinary Australians. The dilemma over how much of Australia we will pass on to our grandchildren cannot be solved by science — but only by society, one of the nation´s leading ecologists, Professor Hugh Possingham, warned today. Prof Possingham, who is director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) at the University...

End-Permian Crisis Recovery Took Earth 10 Million Years
2012-05-28 04:07:34

It took the Earth 10 million years to recover from a cataclysmic event that wiped out 90% of plant and animal life some 250 million years ago, according to new evidence presented Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience. According to a press release detailing the research, Dr. Zhong-Qiang Chen of the China University of Geosciences in Wuhan and Professor Michael Benton from the University of Bristol discovered that biological recovery from what they dub "the greatest mass extinction of all...

Top Ten Species List Creates Awareness Of Biosphere Diversity
2012-05-24 10:27:34

Ten new species are highlighted in the Top Ten New Species list for 2012, the fifth year for this interesting record. The list, created by the International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University and a committee of scientists from around the world, was released on May 23, the birthday of the Swedish botanist who created the current system of flora and fauna classification, Carolus Linnaeus. Since Linnaeus created this system in the eighteenth century, almost two million...


Latest Extinction Reference Libraries

Waitoreke
2014-02-05 16:37:44

The Waitoreke is a cryptid from New Zealand described as being otter-like. Its name derived from “Wai” is a Maori word for water. The rest of the word has different translations, but the common one is “toreke,” which means to disappear. Together the name could translate into “disappears into water” or another translation is a “disappearing water specter.” The usual description is a small otter-like creature about the size of a cat. It has brownish short fur and short...

Red Rail, Aphanapteryx bonasia
2013-10-02 13:35:50

The Red Rail (Aphanapteryx bonasia) is an extinct and flightless rail. It was native to the Mascarene island of Mauritius, east of Madagascar within the Indian Ocean. It had a close relative on Rodrigues Island, the likewise extinct Rodrigues Rail, with which it’s sometimes considered congeneric. Its relationship with other rail isn’t clear. Rails frequently evolve flightlessness when adapting to isolated islands. It was slightly larger than a chicken and had reddish and hair-like...

Panthera leo spelaea
2012-11-16 15:34:04

Commonly known as the Eurasian cave lion or the European cave lion, Panthera leo spelaea is an extinct subspecies of lion. It is thought to have lived during the Pleistocene epoch, and may have lived in the Balkans in southeastern Europe until 2,000 years ago. The range of this cave lion would have included northwestern North America, Asia, and areas of Europe and would have extended from Germany, Spain, and Great Britain to the Yukon Territory. Its range also extended from Turkistan to...

Short-faced Bear, Arctodus simus
2012-04-27 19:45:45

The short-faced bear is an extinct genus of bears that was native to North America during the Pleistoscene era. Other common names include Arctodus and the bulldog bear. There are two subspecies of the short-faced bear, and one of them, Aroctodus simus, is thought to have been the largest terrestrial mammal on earth. Placed into a group of bears known as running bears or the tremarctine bears, this genus was found in Europe and the Americas. The earliest member of the tremarchtine group,...

American Lion, Panthera leo atrox or P. atrox
2012-04-26 06:05:05

The American lion (Panthera leo atrox or P. atrox) is also known as the North American lion, American cave lion, or Naegele’s giant jaguar. It is an extinct species that was native to North America and the northwestern parts of South America during the Pleistocene era. It lived up to eleven thousand years ago. During the last interglacial period in North America (the Sangamonian Stage), the American lion’s range included the Americas south of Alaska. The earliest fossils of these big cats...

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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
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