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Elephant Bird Egg, Dodo Femur Up For Auction
2013-03-28 18:21:48

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online It isn´t something that anyone expects to find in an Easter Egg hunt this coming weekend, but a sub-fossilized egg from an extinct type of bird could reach a lofty price when it goes to auction. Christie´s Auction House in London is putting an egg of an extinct elephant bird up for auction. The egg, which is 309cm in length and 21cm in diameter, would be hard to confuse with the average chicken egg, as it is roughly...

Locust Plague Devouring Madagascar, $41M Needed To Combat Infestation
2013-03-28 08:11:51

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A plague has gripped Madagascar and a UN body says the country will need $41 million over three years to help fight off the infestation that has gripped more than half of the world´s fourth-largest island. The plague comes in the form of locusts, a term generally referring to the swarming phase of several species of short-horned grasshoppers. This plague has been increasingly threatening Madagascar´s crop production and...

Two New Lemur Species Found In Madagascar, Already Endangered
2013-03-27 11:47:01

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A recent animated movie franchise introduced children around the world over to an island just off the coast of Africa and its immense biodiversity. Perhaps unknown to those children and even their parents is the fact this diversity continues to increase thanks to the dedication of scientists who continually seek out new species. The mouse lemur, a saucer-eyed, teacup-sized primate is an example of diversity that can only be found...

Researchers Sequence Endangered Aye-Aye Lemur Genome
2013-03-25 18:40:04

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A group of American and Canadian scientists has announced the complete genomic sequencing of three populations of aye-ayes, which is being considered a major victory in the battle to save the unique lemurs. Found only on Madagascar, the aye-aye was recently was classified as "Endangered" by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). "The aye-aye is one of the world's most unusual and fascinating animals,"...

NASA Saw Tropical Storm Haruna Coming Together
2013-02-20 15:37:44

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Tropical Storm Haruna came together on Feb. 19 in the Southern Indian Ocean and two NASA satellites provided visible and infrared imagery that helped forecasters see the system's organization. A low pressure area called System 94S developed on Friday, Feb. 15 in the northern Mozambique Channel. Over the course of four days System 94S became more organized and by Feb. 19 it became Tropical Storm Haruna. On Tuesday, Feb. 19, Tropical Storm Haruna had...


Latest Madagascar Reference Libraries

Western Woolly Lemur, Avahi occidentalis
2014-04-17 10:05:39

The Western Woolly Lemur or Western Avahi (Avahi occidentalis) is a species of woolly lemur that is native to western Madagascar, where they live in dry deciduous forests. These nocturnal animals weigh about .7 to .9 kilograms. This species is folivorous. This species resides in monogamous pairs together with their offspring. The Western Woolly Lemur mostly consumes leaves and buds that derive from around 20 different plants which haven’t matured and have high levels of sugars and...

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2013-04-23 13:18:30

The Madagascar Pochard (Aythya innotata) is an exceptionally rare diving duck belonging to the genus Aythya. Thought to be extinct in the late 1990s, specimens of this species were rediscovered at Lake Matsaborimena in Madagascar in 2006. Only 60 individuals remain after 18 ducklings hatched in a captive breeding center in April 2012. Based on the accounts written by Webb and Delacour’s in the 1920s and 1930s, it seemed that the bird was still relatively common at Lake Alaotra. The duck...

Greater Dwarf Lemur, Cheirogaleus major
2012-09-03 07:04:56

The greater dwarf lemur (Cheirogaleus major), also known as Geoffroy's dwarf lemur, is native only to the island of Madagascar. This species can be found in northern and eastern regions of the island, preferring a habitat within primary and secondary forests, or arid scrub areas. It is a nocturnal species that rests and sleeps in nests made of twigs, leaves, and grasses or in trees with hollow areas. It was thought that a color variation of the greater dwarf lemur, the greater iron-gray dwarf...

Sahamalaza Sportive Lemur, Lepilemur sahamalazensis
2012-08-08 09:26:25

The Sahamalaza sportive lemur (Lepilemur sahamalazensis) is native to the island of Madagascar, where its range is limited to the Sahamalaza Peninsula found in northwestern Madagascar. Because this area is a converging point for two types of habitats, including arid deciduous forests, this lemur resides in both primary and secondary forests. The Sahamalaza sportive lemur is a newly discovered species, along with 14 other members in the Lepilemur genus. Because of this, its taxonomic status...

Crowned Sifaka, Propithecus coronatus
2012-08-08 08:43:18

The crowned sifaka (Propithecus coronatus) is native to Madagascar, with a range that extends to the Mahavavy River in the southwest. The northeastern border of this range is the Betsiboka River. It has been reported that the crowned sifaka occurs in south and southeast Madagascar, which may broaden its range. It prefers to reside in arid deciduous forests in western Madagascar. The crowned sifaka can reach an average body length of 3.3 feet, with a tail length between 1.5 and 1.8 feet....

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penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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