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marine crocodilian
2014-08-23 03:00:34

Hannah Johnson, University of Bristol The ancestors of today's crocodiles colonized the seas during warm phases and became extinct during cold phases, according to a new Anglo-French study which establishes a link between marine crocodilian diversity and the evolution of sea temperature over a period of more than 140 million years. The research, led by Dr. Jeremy Martin from the Université de Lyon, France and formerly from the University of Bristol, UK is published this week in Nature...

Cretaceous Toothless Dragon Pterosaurs
2014-08-19 03:25:12

Pensoft Publishers A new study provides an exciting insight into the Late Cretaceous and the diversity and distribution of the toothless 'dragon' pterosaurs from the Azhdarchidae family. The research was published in the open access journal ZooKeys. The Azhdarchidan pterosaurs derive their name from the Persian word for dragon - Aždarha. Interestingly, this derived and rather successful group of pterosaurs included some of the largest known flying animals of all times, with a wingspan...

Giant South American river turtle adult
2014-08-17 05:48:32

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Giant South American River Turtles are capable of producing a variety of vocalizations in different behavioral situations, including while they are caring for their young, a team of US and Brazilian scientists report in a recent edition of the journal Herpetologica. The researchers have been studying the communication and social behavior of these creatures, which are known for their longevity and their protective shells, and have...

pterosaur Caiuajara dobruskii
2014-08-15 07:08:21

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers have discovered nearly 50 bones belonging to a new species of winged reptile with a bizarre head crest comparable to a butterfly or a yacht sail, various media outlets reported earlier this week. The new creature, identified as Caiuajara dobruskii, lived in southern Brazil during the Cretaceous period. The remains were discovered in a pterosaur bone bed from an interdunal lake deposit from an ancient desert, and it...

dinosaur footprint
2014-08-12 07:36:19

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A team of researchers led by Jahan Ramezani of MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences has discovered evidence that dinosaurs lived in North America millions of years earlier than previously suggested. Writing in the latest edition of the American Journal of Science, Ramezani and his colleagues state that precise dating of rocks which were found in the southern US and contained dinosaur fossils, suggest the...

Young Loggerhead Turtles Swim Into Oncoming Ocean Currents
2014-08-11 03:51:44

PLOS Juvenile loggerhead turtles swim into oncoming ocean currents, instead of passively drifting with them, according to a study published August 6, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Donald Kobayashi from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and colleagues. After loggerhead turtle hatchlings leave nesting beaches, they live in the ocean for 7-12 years before migrating to coastal habitats. Juvenile loggerhead turtles have good swimming abilities, but scientists...

2014-08-04 23:01:12

The Public Is Invited to Bid Farewell to Two Sea Turtles August 6, 2014 Charleston, SC (PRWEB) August 04, 2014 Two sea turtles rehabilitated by the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program are ready to return to the deep blue sea. The public is invited to say goodbye to Bay, a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, and Mitchel, a loggerhead sea turtle, on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Isle of Palms County Park. The release is being held in partnership with the South Carolina...

2014-07-31 23:03:47

Cancun based Royal Resorts continues initiative to save endangered sea turtles. Orlando, FL (PRWEB) July 31, 2014 During the summer season sea turtles emerge from the waves, returning to lay their eggs on the white sand beaches of Cancún and the Riviera Maya. Throughout the summer and into the fall, the dedicated Royal Resorts security staff patrol the beaches nightly on the lookout for more nesting turtles in an effort to protect them and transfer baby sea turtles to safety. Grand...

green turtle
2014-07-31 04:00:00

University of Exeter Sea turtles are not a species one would normally associate with the United Kingdom. But on the remote UK overseas territory of Ascension Island, one of the world’s largest green turtle populations is undergoing something of a renaissance. Writing in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation, scientists from the University of Exeter and Ascension Island Government Conservation Department report that the number of green turtles nesting at the remote South Atlantic...

Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus
2014-07-25 04:34:09

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online An international team of researchers has discovered the first-ever fossils belonging to a plant-eating dinosaur that contained both scales and featherlike structures, suggesting that plumage might have been present in a far greater number of species than previously believed. The fossils were discovered in Siberia and belong to a species identified as Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus, according to Dan Vergano of National Geographic. The...


Latest Herpetology Reference Libraries

Western Toad, Anaxyrus Boreas
2014-08-29 10:52:14

The Western Toad, Anaxyrus boreas, or more commonly known as Bufo boreas, is a large toad species of western North America. It grows to between 5.6 and 13 centimeters long. It has a white or cream colored dorsal stripe, and is dusky gray or greenish dorsally with skin glands concentrated within the dark blotches. Its parotoid glands are oval shaped, widely separated, and larger than the upper eyelids. It features a mottled venter and horizontal pupils but it lacks cranial crests. Compared...

Archey’s Frog, Leiopelma archeyi
2014-08-27 09:54:56

Archey’s frog (Leiopelma archeyi) is one of three or four living species within the Leiopelma genus, which holds frogs that are native to New Zealand. This species can only be found along the Coromandel Peninsula and because it has not changed much throughout the past two hundred million years, it is considered to be a living fossil. Little is known about the habits of Archey’s frog, but it is known to be terrestrial, inhabiting damp areas at high elevations. It is thought that males...

Maud Island Frog, Leiopelma pakeka
2014-08-22 10:38:14

The Maud Island frog is native to New Zealand, first discovered in the 1940’s. Originally classified as the same species as the Hamilton’s frog, it was reclassified in 1998 as its own species. The Maud Island frog is one of the oldest species known. It has been in existence for roughly 200 million years. In 2006, 60 Maud Island frogs were introduced to a predator free sanctuary. Thirty others were also released outside the sanctuary for comparison. In February 2008, 13 juvenile frogs...

Long-Nosed Horned Frog, Megophrys nasuta
2014-08-21 11:45:09

The long-nosed horned frog is also known as the Malayan horned frog or the Malayan leaf frog. The habitat of this species is in rain forest areas, where it is cool and damp, ranging from southern Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia to Singapore, Sumatra and Borneo. The body length of the long-nosed horned frog is around four inches. It is light to dark brown in color with camouflaged markings to blend in with the forest floor. The throat is dark in color spreading to a cream color halfway on the...

Mindanao Horned Frog, Megophrys stejnegeri
2014-08-21 10:47:27

The Mindanao horned frog, also known as the Southeast Asian horned toad, is native to the Philippines and found only on the island of Mindanao. The habitat of this frog is tropical and subtropical moist forests, near ponds and rivers. The Mindanao horned frog can be found in elevations up to 1.5 miles as long as it has an ample water supply for breeding. The Mindanao horned frog has a large head and mouth in comparison to the body. It also has pointed horn-like humps sticking out above the...

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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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