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2011-05-17 12:15:00

Scientists found that the first human colonists in Hawaii wiped out land crabs that were unique to the area about 1,000 years ago. Fossils have been found at altitudes of 3,000-feet, which is unusual for a crab. The researchers say they identified the species by comparing it with living relatives on other Pacific islands. They wrote in the journal PLoS One that early settlers brought in animals like pigs and rats, which helped wipe out the crabs. The researchers describe this as the first...

2011-05-17 11:44:45

University of Florida researchers have described a new species of land crab that documents the first crab extinction during the human era. The loss of the crab likely greatly impacted the ecology of the Hawaiian Islands, as land crabs are major predators, control litter decomposition and help in nutrient cycling and seed dispersal. Their disappearance was caused by the arrival of humans to the islands and resulted in large-scale changes in the state's ecosystem. Researchers said the full...

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2009-12-03 07:45:00

University of Florida researchers are collecting marine invertebrates on the French Polynesian island of Moorea as part of a massive effort to inventory the DNA sequence of every living species there. The genetic information collected by scientists from UF's Florida Museum of Natural History is part of a whole-system approach that will be used to study ecological processes in depth across the entire island. Moorea's coral reefs in particular are considered crucial indicators of how natural...


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lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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