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Non-Dominant Hand Vital To Evolution Of The Thumb

Non-Dominant Hand Vital To Evolution Of The Thumb

Gary Hughes, The University of Kent Research shows non-dominant hand is likely to have played a vital role in the evolution of modern human hand morphology. In the largest experiment ever undertaken into the manipulative pressures...

Latest Megafauna Stories

2014-09-11 12:21:19

YARMOUTH PORT, Mass., Sept. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mariners and the public on the U.S. West Coast can now use an iPad(TM) and iPhone(TM) to help decrease the risk of injury or death to whales from ship strikes. Whale Alert a free mobile application originally developed in 2012 to help protect endangered right whales on the East Coast, has been updated with new features to provide mariners in the Pacific with the most current information available about whale movements and...

blue whales
2014-09-06 05:18:47

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online California blue whales have become the first group of the endangered species to experience a population rebound, demonstrating their ability to rebound when carefully managed, according to new research appearing in the journal Marine Mammal Science. Blue whales are the largest animals on Earth, reaching nearly 100 feet in length and weighing nearly 200 tons when they reach adulthood. They are also the heaviest creature to ever live,...

2014-09-03 12:23:07

SAUSALITO, Calif., Sept. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sick and injured Hawaiian monk seals will get a second chance at survival thanks to The Marine Mammal Center's new Hawaiian Monk Seal Hospital, which is dedicated to the rescue and care of this critically endangered species. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140902/142148 On September 2, The Marine Mammal Center held a Grand Opening celebration and blessing at the new $3.2 million facility, which has been named Ke Kai Ola (The...

roots of human altruism
2014-08-29 03:00:23

Judith Burkart, University of Zurich Apes hardly ever act selflessly without being solicited by others; humans often do. What has caused this curious divergence, which is arguably the secret to our species’ unparalleled success? A team headed by an anthropologist from the University of Zurich now reveals that cooperative care for the young was the evolutionary precondition for the emergence of spontaneous altruistic behavior. Scientists have long been searching for the factor that...

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2014-08-25 04:52:12

John Hopton for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Archaeologists have uncovered evidence that Homo sapiens in Spain ate snails around 30,000 years ago, 10,000 years before the French, whose escargot dish is now celebrated. Excavation of a site in Benidorm in the southwest of the country revealed that the inhabitants had a varied diet which included cooked snails. It can be difficult for archaeologists to pin down how snails end up at some sites, because many animals eat them and may...

early Eocene sirenian skull
2014-08-20 03:00:17

Marlene Cimons, National Science Foundation Research provides valuable insights for future environmental challenges About 10 million years into the current Cenozoic Era, or roughly 56 million years ago, during a climate that was hot and wet, two groups of mammals moved from land to water. These were the cetaceans, which include whales, dolphins and porpoises, and the sirenians, with its sea cows, manatees and dugongs. Over time, their bodies began to adapt to their new environment....

cetacean pleasure
2014-08-15 03:41:28

The Company of Biologists Dolphins and whales squeal with delight Sam Ridgway has spent most of his life learning about dolphins and whales. Over his five-decade career he has asked these cetaceans various questions, including how deep they can dive and how depth affects their hearing. As he trained each animal to answer his questions, he rewarded them with tasty fish treats, and each time that they received a reward he remembers that they squealed. Initially he thought that the squeals...

dwarf minke whale
2014-08-15 03:26:30

The Company of Biologists First live observations of minke whales feeding under sea ice Highly maneuverable and built like torpedoes, minke whales are the most common whales in Antarctic waters, yet the animals could be living on a knife edge as their sea-ice homes dwindle rapidly. 'Sea ice in the area around the Antarctic Peninsula has decreased dramatically in the last 30 years', warns Ari Friedlaender from Oregon State University, USA, adding, 'yet we do not know how critical the sea...

2014-08-15 08:23:40

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. announced today that it plans to build new, first-of-its-kind killer whale environments and that it will fund new programs to protect ocean health and killer whales in the wild. The new projects will build on SeaWorld's legacy of providing state-of-the-art, innovative, homes for its animals, and will offer park guests unique and inspiring killer whale encounters for generations to come. As part of its vision for the...

2014-08-12 16:25:11

-- Killing Keiko, available August 14, recounts heartbreaking abuse and death of whale who inspired the world -- ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- It's a scene etched in the minds of movie-goers: a captive killer whale vaults over a jetty to the open ocean, free at last to join his family in the wild. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140812/135493 In real life, however, Free Willy's fairy-tale ending never came true. Despite international attention and tens of...


Latest Megafauna Reference Libraries

Afrikaner Sheep
2014-09-16 09:18:15

The Afrikaner sheep, also known as the cape fat tail, is a breed of domestic sheep that is native to South Africa. It is one of the oldest sheep breeds in that area and is a descendant of sheep brought from the Khoikhoin people in the Middle East. There are two types of this breed, known as the Namaqua Afrikaner and the Ronderib Afrikaner, and it is thought that the Ronderib type was the first type of sheep to be introduced into Australia. The Afrikaner sheep is a hardy breed and is known...

Cetology
2013-10-02 11:21:29

Cetology is a branch of marine mammal science that studies about eighty species of dolphins, whales, and porpoise, all of which are classified within the Cetacea order. Cetologists, who practice cetology, work to understand the distribution, development, behavior, and other aspects of cetaceans. The study of cetaceans began in the Classical era. About 2,300 years ago, Aristotle documented details about some cetacean species, calling them mammals, while traveling on the Aegean Sea with...

Dall’s Porpoise, Phocoenoides dalliz
2013-08-29 10:15:35

Dall’s porpoise (Phocoenoides dalliz) can only be found in the North Pacific, with a range that includes the Sea of Japan and the Okhotsk and Bering Seas. This range extends to southern California in the east and to the southern waters of Japan in the west. When normal weather patterns change and waters become colder, this species can be found in in Baja, California, specifically in Scammon's Lagoon, and strays can occasionally be found in the Chukchi Sea. It prefers to reside in cold...

North Atlantic Right Whale, Eubalaena glacialis
2013-08-26 11:17:56

The North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis), also known as the black right whale or the northern right whale, is one of three right whales in the Eubalaena genus. It can be found in a small population of about 396 individuals in the western North Atlantic. If it does occur in the eastern North Atlantic, experts assert that it only numbers in the tens, making it nearly extinct in that area. This species migrates into the western North Atlantic to feed in the spring, summer, and fall...

Con Rit
2013-08-26 07:37:45

The con rit is a mythical creature of the oceans around southeast Asia, mainly off the coast of Vietnam. It is considered to be a type of sea serpent but with a strange appearance. Vietnamese folklore considers the con rit as a water dragon. In Vietnamese, the word con rit translates to millipede. Resembling a giant millipede, it is said to be about 50 feet long with jointed and armored segments, each being two to three feet in length with a pair of legs attached. The coloration of this...

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  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
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