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New Species Of Big Cat Discovered In Tibet Fills Evolutionary Gap
2013-11-13 08:21:19

[ Watch the Video: Fossil Skull Of Ancient Big Cat Unearthed In Tibet ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The evolution of big cats has been nearly as mysterious as the cats themselves, but a new discovery will likely lead anthropologists to a better understanding of when and where big cats originated. During a 2010 paleontological dig in Tibet, a husband-and-wife team who were part of a larger expedition discovered the fossilized partial remains of what...

Elephant Impostor Actually African
2013-11-06 10:00:57

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists using modern techniques to analyze ancient DNA and proteins determined that a 300-year-old Asian elephant is actually an African elephant. The team wrote in their study, which appeared in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, that this ancient specimen is likely the remains of a famous performing elephant from the 1600s that went by the name of Hansken. Carl Linnaeus was the first to name elephants as a species...

Borneo Bay Can Caught On Camera
2013-11-05 11:09:11

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using camera traps, ecologists in Borneo have captured images of the elusive bay cat (Pardofelis badia) in a heavily logged forest – an indication that threatened species can survive amidst intense human activity. According to the ecology team’s report in the journal PLOS ONE, their cameras were able to capture more images of this animal than ever before, along with evidence of four other wild cat species, in an area of forest...

2013-11-01 23:20:57

Congress declares November 2, 2013 National Bison Day. The Tanka Fund at ILTF celebrates National Bison Day by supporting the Return of the Buffalo. Little Canada, MN (PRWEB) November 01, 2013 November 2, 2013 marks the second annual observance of National Bison Day. This special day is about more than just a Congressional declaration; this day is about honoring—and celebrating—the importance of the buffalo to our nation and our history. Buffalo fed and clothed the people of this...

Mortlock Islands Flying Fox Gets New Name
2013-10-29 12:52:39

Pensoft Publishers A specimen preserved in a jar of alcohol in The Natural History Museum, London has remained the only record of the Mortlock Islands flying fox, one of the least known bat species on the planet, for over 140 years. That is until now. A team of bat biologists led by Dr. Don Buden from the College of Micronesia has collected new information about this "forgotten" species, and studied it in the wild for the first time. The study is reported today in the open access journal...

Mapping Human Impacts On Top Marine Predators
2013-10-29 08:00:43

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One of the richest ecosystems in the world, the California Current System, is driven by nutrient input from coastal upwelling and supports a great diversity of marine life. It is also heavily impacted by human activities, much like other coastal regions. Researchers from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), reveal areas along the west coast where human impacts on marine predators such as whales, seals, seabirds and sea...


Latest Fauna of Asia Reference Libraries

Colugos, Cynocephalidae
2014-08-05 09:51:41

Cynocephalidae is a family that holds three species of gliding, tree dwelling mammals known as culugos or flying lemurs, only two of which are living. These species, known as the Philippine flying lemur and the Sunda flying lemur, can be found in tropical rainforests in Southeast Asia. Culugos range in size between fourteen and sixteen inches and they have a slender body with long legs and a medium-sized tail. They are the most capable of all gliding mammal species, using a large membrane of...

Bekisar
2014-06-19 14:20:21

The Bekisar, also known as the Ayam Bekisar, is the first generation of hybrid chicken developed from the cross of the green junglefowl and the domestic red junglefowl. Although the exact origin of this breed is unknown, Javanese and Sudanese people assert that it was first developed on the Kangean Islands in Java. The earliest members of this breed were used for communication, because each rooster’s call was unique and due to its ancestry, very loud. Roosters were placed in baskets on the...

Northern White-Cheeked Gibbon, Nomascus leucogenys
2014-04-17 15:32:09

The Northern White-Cheeked Gibbon (Nomascus leucogenys) is a species of gibbon that is native to South East Asia. It is closely related to the Southern White-Cheeked Gibbon (Nomascus siki) with which it was formerly thought to be conspecific. The females of the two species are virtually impossible to tell apart in their appearance. The genome of this species was sequenced and published in the year 2011. A considerable population of 455 critically endangered Northern White-Cheeked...

Agile Gibbon, Hylobates agilis
2014-04-17 15:21:14

The Agile Gibbon (Hylobates agilis), known also as the Black-Handed Gibbon, is an Old World primate belonging to the gibbon family. It can be found in Indonesia on the island of Sumatra, Malaysia, and southern Thailand. The species is classified as endangered on the IUCN Red List because of destruction of habitat and the pet trade. The species is usually though to have subspecies, but some experts recognize a mountain form and a lowland form; the Mountain Agile Gibbon (Hylobates agilis...

Pygmy Slow Loris, Nycticebus pygmaeus
2014-04-16 11:59:00

The pygmy slow loris (Nycticebus pygmaeus) is a primate that can be found in Laos, eastern areas of Cambodia, the Yunnan Province, and in areas east of Mekong River in Vietnam. It prefers to reside in secondary, semi-evergreen, and mixed deciduous forests. This species was formally described in 1907 by J. Lewis Bonhote and was classified as one species with all loris species, although there are now nine distinct species. The pygmy slow loris reaches an average body length between 7.7 and...

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Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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