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whale shark
2014-08-05 06:11:35

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The largest fish in the world, at more than 30 feet long, are the whale sharks. Researchers have gained a rare look into the world of these behemoths with a newly-discovered aggregation of juvenile whale sharks off the coast of Saudi Arabia. An international collaboration of scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and the Massachusetts Division of...

Dolphin Group Study Produces Taxonomic Clarity And A New Member
2014-08-04 03:40:27

Wildlife Conservation Society Scientists examining a taxonomically confused group of marine mammals have officially named a species new to science: the Australian humpback dolphin, Sousa sahulensis, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society and Clymene Enterprises. The study describing the newly named species is the culmination of a 17-year long systematic examination of all available historical records, physical descriptions, and genetic data of humpback dolphins—a widespread...

2014-07-30 12:33:46

Post-acquisition, Sapiens will offer a holistic, end-to-end decision management solution HOLON, Israel, July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sapiens International Corporation [http://www.sapiens.com ], (NASDAQ and TASE: SPNS), a leading global provider of software solutions for the insurance industry, with an emerging focus on the broader financial services sector, today announced it has acquired Knowledge Partners International (KPI), a pioneer and recognized leader in decision...

2014-07-25 09:39:14

Northwestern University Linguistic, cultural forces shape children's understanding of the natural world How would a child respond to this question? Would his or her list be full of relatives, animals from movies and books, or perhaps neighborhood pets? Would the poppies blooming on the front steps make the list or the oak tree towering over the backyard? How might the animals children name compare to those named by children raised in a different cultural or language background or in...

Antarctic fur seal
2014-07-25 03:30:27

British Antarctic Survey Genetic analysis of Antarctic fur seals, alongside decades of in-depth monitoring,* has provided unique insights into the effect of climate change on a population of top-predators. Published in Nature this week, the findings show that the seals have significantly altered in accordance with changes in food availability that are associated with climate conditions. Despite a shift in the population towards ‘fitter’ individuals, this fitness is not passing down...

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...


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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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'