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blue whale shipping lanes
2014-07-25 05:52:39

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Whales have been endangered by human activity for hundreds of years mainly due to commercial hunting and fishing concerns. A new study from Oregon State University, published in PLOS ONE, reveals that these are not the only human-derived challenges whales face. Blue whales, in particular, are also at an increased risk of injury and death from shipping traffic. The research team, led by OSU Marine Mammal Institute researcher Ladd...

2014-07-17 16:41:04

PLOS 16-year study suggests Azore islands may play increasing role in whale shark habitat At the fringe of the whale shark range, the volcanic Azore islands may play an increasing role for the north Atlantic population as sea surface temperatures rise, according to a study published July 16, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Pedro Afonso from University of the Azores and colleagues. Whale sharks prefer tropical waters in the range of 26-30º C, but studies have shown that...

2014-07-15 23:00:57

The Big Cats and Public Safety Act would prohibit hundreds of state licensed and federally inspected zoological parks, nature centers and private facilities from owning or breeding lion, tiger, leopard, jaguar, cheetah, puma or snow leopard—some of the most threatened feline species on earth. Washington, DC (PRWEB) July 15, 2014 The Feline Conservation Federation (FCF) warns that SB 1381, The Big Cats and Public Safety Act, introduced July 29, 2013 by Senator Richard Blumenthal of...

Neural Crest Hypothesis Could Explain Why Domestic Mammals Share Characteristic Traits
2014-07-14 03:02:44

Genetics Society of America More than 140 years ago, Charles Darwin noticed something peculiar about domesticated mammals. Compared to their wild ancestors, domestic species are more tame, and they also tend to display a suite of other characteristic features, including floppier ears, patches of white fur, and more juvenile faces with smaller jaws. Since Darwin's observations, the explanation for this pattern has proved elusive, but now, in a Perspectives article published in the journal...

Human's Primate Cousins Also Pass Intelligence Through Their Genes
2014-07-10 15:25:30

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Previous studies have shown that genetic factors for intelligence can be passed on in humans, but a new study shows that inherited intelligence also extends to our primate cousins – namely chimpanzees. Published in the journal Current Biology, the study showed environmental factors in determining a chimp’s intelligence may be less important than previously thought. "As is the case in humans, genes matter when it comes to...

2014-07-09 23:02:32

In this week's Caught On, the popular website explores how video can help solve mysteries: three separate surveillance videos help police close in on unexplained car thefts, and amateur video helps marine biologists understand the enigma of the Orca's aggressive behaviour towards great white sharks. Toronto, ON (PRWEB) July 09, 2014 Caught On Magazine demonstrates how surveillance and amateur video is helping police, scientists and even distraught moms solve out-of-sight...

Inner Ear Fossil Shakes Up The Understanding Of Human Evolution
2014-07-08 12:25:28

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Originally thought to be a sequential progression, human evolution has been shown to include a rich tapestry of species that interbred over thousands of years. A new study from Washington University in St. Louis has revealed yet another twist in this intricate story of our evolution. Based on the re-examination of an approximately 100,000-year-old early human skull found in Northern China, the new study discovered an inner-ear...

New Study Finds Ocean Ecosystems Naturally Engineered By Whales
2014-07-03 14:58:31

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Whales have often been viewed as the lonely nomads of the seas, but a new report has found that these large mammals are actually great engineers of marine ecosystems. Published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, the new study reviewed several decades of research on whales from around the world and found they play a powerful and positive role with respect to ocean function, global carbon storage, and ecosystem productivity....

2014-07-03 10:44:13

PLOS Isolated dolphin populations may be vulnerable to environmental change New study estimating population genetic structure of little-known dolphins inhabiting Western Australia's north coast highlights vulnerability, according to a study published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Alex Brown from Murdoch University and colleagues. Australian snubfin and humpback dolphins occur throughout tropical coastal waters of northern Australia, but little is known of their abundance or...

tibetans and denisovans
2014-07-03 05:17:45

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A gene acquired from an extinct cousin of modern humans is responsible for helping Tibetans adapt to high altitudes, according to new research published online by the weekly science journal Nature on Wednesday. Scientists from the University of California, Berkeley and Chinese genomics organization BGI-Shenzen found that Tibetans acquired the ability when their ancestors mated with Denisovans or individuals related to the...


Latest Megafauna Reference Libraries

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...

Blainville's Beaked Whale, Mesoplodon densirostris
2013-08-17 13:31:16

Blainville’s beaked whale (Mesoplodon densirostris), also known as the dense-beaked whale, can be found in a large range that includes the warm and tropical waters of all oceans. It prefers to reside at depths between 1,600 and 3,000 feet and does not migrate. This species received its common name from Blainville, the man who classified it as Delphinus densirostris after studying a description of a piece of one individual’s nose located in the Paris Museum. In 1846, John Edward Gray...

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