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Low Genetic Diversity Spells Bad News For Koalas
2012-10-24 14:41:12

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When populations of animals are under threat, a major concern surrounding their potential for survival is the genetic diversity within the population. A high level of genetic diversity makes for a resilient population, while low genetic diversity could be a red flag for conservationists. In a new study, an international team of researchers has investigated the genetic diversity of the koala population and found through both historical...

Fossil Record Helps Determine Extermination Risk In Marine Animals
2012-10-24 10:27:12

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Conservationists have warned for years that rare species have the highest risk of becoming endangered or extinct, but the word “rare” could have several different meanings with respect to the distribution of particular species. An international team of researchers from Stanford University in California and Humboldt University in Berlin decided to parse the definition of “rare” with respect to conservation and...

Permian Extinction Was Beginning Of 5-Million-Year Deadly Heat Wave
2012-10-19 09:27:25

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Life about 250 million years ago was hard to come by. In fact, it was nearly non-existent. Scientists, studying why this period, known as the end-Permian event, lasted so long and have found a key ingredient: heat. Paul Wignall, a paleontologist at England´s Leeds University, and study coauthor, said during the 200,000-year-long Permian extinction the Earth began cooking, with life struggling to thrive, especially at the...

Russian Boy Finds 30,000-Year-Old Well-Preserved Mammoth Fossil
2012-10-05 09:09:50

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It´s not everyday that a young boy makes the discovery of a lifetime. But for Yevgeny Salinder, an 11-year-old boy from Russia, the discovery of a 30,000 year-old fossil was the first find of this kind in the region in more than a hundred years. After unearthing the remains of a nearly intact woolly mammoth, Salinder raced home to alert his parents, who then called authorities. Scientists who rushed to the scene, were shocked...

Mammoth Tooth Unearthed In California
2012-09-14 04:25:01

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online How did your Monday at work go?  Mine was pretty much the same as every Monday. Not so for Brandon Valasik in San Francisco, however. Valasik works at the Transbay Transit Center construction site as a crane operator. On Monday, he found a tooth. A woolly mammoth tooth, approximately 10 inches long, broken in two and missing a chunk, to be exact. The woolly mammoth roamed the grassy valley that is now San Francisco Bay...

Woolly Mammoth Remains May Contain Living Cells
2012-09-12 07:24:22

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international team of scientists, led by North-Eastern Federal University of Russia, have discovered frozen woolly mammoth fragments that could contain living cells deep in Siberia, bringing closer the possibility of cloning the extinct animals. This sounds like a twisted mammalian version of Jurassic Park, but it isn't fiction. According to the Associated Press, the team discovered mammoth hair, soft tissues and bone marrow at...

Dinosaur Extinction Event Wasn't The First
2012-09-06 07:58:40

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Sixty-five million years ago, the most studied mass extinction in Earth's history happened and the dinosaurs were wiped off the planet. A new study from the University of Washington, published in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, indicates that a separate extinction came shortly before that, triggered by volcanic eruptions that warmed the planet and killed life on the ocean floor. A six-mile wide asteroid slamming...

Extinction Risk For Many Invertebrates
2012-09-01 07:33:40

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Twenty percent of the invertebrate species across the globe -- spineless creatures ranging from earthworms to bees to butterflies to lobsters and beyond -- are facing the possible risk of extinction unless more is done to protect them, say researchers from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). As part of their 87-page study, ZSL scientists joined forces with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to review...

2012-08-21 22:48:21

Life in the world´s oceans faces far greater change and risk of large-scale extinctions than at any previous time in human history, a team of the world´s leading marine scientists has warned. The researchers from Australia, the US, Canada, Germany, Panama, Norway and the UK have compared events which drove massive extinctions of sea life in the past with what is observed to be taking place in the seas and oceans globally today. Three of the five largest extinctions of the past...


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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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