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2014-09-25 23:00:47

Denver Zoo welcomes first ever fossa birth. Guests may see “Rico” as he tries to explore indoor habitat. Denver, CO (PRWEB) September 25, 2014 Denver Zoo is celebrating the birth of its very first fossa (FOO-sah) pup, born on July 28. The male pup, named Rico, has stayed behind the scenes for the last couple months under the watchful eye of his mother, Violet, who is proving to be an excellent first-time mom. Rico is now slowly gaining more mobility, though, and zookeepers just...

Cave Sleeping A Regular Occurrence For Madagascar Lemurs: Study
2013-12-05 09:28:20

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of researchers led by the University of Colorado Boulder has discovered that some ring-tailed lemurs regularly return to the same limestone chambers to sleep. The findings, published in Madagascar Conservation and Development, are the first proof of the consistent, daily use of some caves and crevices for sleeping among the world's primates. Michelle Sauther, University of Colorado anthropology Associate Professor, said that...

The Red Planet Experiences 'Marsquakes'
2012-02-22 11:49:17

University of London researchers report they have found evidence that Mars experiences "marsquakes" in the same way Earth does with an earthquake. The researchers said the existence of marsquakes is an indication that conditions on Mars could include liquid water. The team from the University of London used High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) imagery to examine a fault system known as Cerberus Fossae. They analyzed the way boulders had fallen and rolled during...

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2010-08-27 06:55:00

Orcus Patera is an enigmatic elliptical depression near Mars's equator, in the eastern hemisphere of the planet. Located between the volcanoes of Elysium Mons and Olympus Mons, its formation remains a mystery. Often overlooked, this well-defined depression extends approximately 380 km by 140 km in a NNE"“SSW direction. It has a rim that rises up to 1800 m above the surrounding plains, while the floor of the depression lies 400"“600 m below the surroundings.  The term...

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2010-07-30 08:55:00

Scientists believe that they have found rocks containing the fossilized remains of early life on Mars, according to a new article published in the latest edition of Earth and Planetary Science Letters. According to the report, a team of scientists--led by Dr. Adrian J. Brown of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute in California--discovered the rocks in the Nili Fossae region of the "Red Planet." Their research on the hydrothermal formation of clay-carbonate rocks in...

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2009-06-05 07:09:18

The High Resolution Stereo Camera on ESA's Mars Express orbiter has obtained images of Hephaestus Fossae, a region on Mars dotted with craters and channel systems. Hephaestus Fossae lies at about 21° North and 126° East on the Red Planet. Named after the Greek god of fire, it extends for more than 600 km on the western flank of Elysium Mons in the Utopia Planitia region. Obtained on 28 December 2007, the images have a ground resolution of about 16 m/pixel. They show that the region...

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2008-11-28 09:10:00

The High Resolution Stereo Camera on board ESA's Mars Express imaged the Eumenides Dorsum mountains on the Red Planet. Eumenides Dorsum lies at approximately 2° south and 206° east. The images, taken on 26 December 2007, have a ground resolution of about 13 m/pixel. They cover an area of about 12 000 square km. The mountains are located to the west of the Tharsis Region, and form part of the Medusae-Fossae Region, which is most likely covered by a blanket of volcanic ash. The region...

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2007-11-01 14:05:00

The radar system on the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter has uncovered new details about some of the most mysterious deposits on Mars: the Medusae Fossae Formation. It has provided the first direct measurement of the depth and electrical properties of these materials, providing new clues about their origin. The Medusae Fossae Formation consists of enigmatic deposits. Found near the Martian equator along a divide between highlands and lowlands, they may represent some of the...


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False Potto, Pseudopotto martini
2014-04-10 15:04:58

The false potto (Pseudopotto martini) is a primate that is thought to occur in Equatorial Africa. It is the only species classified within the genus Pseudopotto and has been studied using only the skeletal remains of two specimens. These were previously classified with the potto (Perodicticus potto) but were found to have enough distinctions to be classified as a species, although some argue that it could actually part of the West African potto species. Currently, the false potto is listed...

Malagasy Civet, Fossa fossana
2012-06-14 18:03:21

The Malagasy civet (Fossa fossana) is native to Madagascar, where it inhabits tropical rainforests. Its other common names include the striped civet and the fanaloka. It was previously classified with the banded palm civet in the subfamily Hemigalinae, and as its own subspecies in the subfamily Fossinae. It should not be confused with the fossa, a cat like creature that is also native to Madagascar, even though it has been classified as Fossa fossa. Currently, it is classified in subfamily...

Golden Crowned Sifaka, Propithecus tattersalli
2012-06-07 12:10:18

The golden-crowned sifaka (Propithecus tattersalli), also known as Tattersall’s sifaka, can only be found on the island of Madagascar. Within its range, it is known by natives as ankomba malandy, or akomba malandy, which means “white lemur”. Its range is small, comprising only 44 fragmented forest areas that surround the town of Daraina. The borders of this range include the Manambato River and the Loky River. Studies show that the 44 areas total only 170 square miles. This sifaka can...

Diademed Sifaka, Propithecus diadema
2012-06-05 10:46:49

The diademed sifaka (Propithecus diadema) is also commonly called the diademed simpona. It is one of the many endangered species of lemur and is native only to the island of Madagascar. It is thought that this large sifaka hold one of the largest ranges of all sifakas, although a conclusive study has not been conducted. It prefers habitats at altitudes between 656 and 2,624 feet within lowland forests and 2,624 to 5,084 feet within certain areas of subhumid forests. Its range extends from...

Coquerel's Sifaka, Propithecus coquereli
2012-06-05 10:29:37

Coquerel's sifaka (Propithecus coquereli) is native only to the island of Madagascar. It can only be found in habitats that are at an altitude of less than 300 feet in arid deciduous forests. These areas include coastal forests and it mainly resides east and north of the Betsiboka River. Its range extends south to Ambato-Boéni. As is typical with all lemurs, Coquerel's sifaka is a tree dweller, and so has long, muscular legs that allow it to leap and climb trees. It has a body length that...

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