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2014-06-10 20:20:54

Shedd Aquarium working with GREMM and its scientific collaborators to support research and conservation of beluga whales in the St. Lawrence Seaway QUEBEC CITY, June 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Chicago's John G. Shedd Aquarium, a world class leader in animal care and conservation research, and Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals (GREMM), a Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to the scientific research of beluga whales, today signed a memorandum of...

violence shaped the male face
2014-06-09 11:14:33

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Throughout history, men have had a well-earned reputation for violence and a new study in the journal Biological Reviews has concluded that masculine facial features evolved as a result of that violence. The new study focused on the faces of our australopith ancestors and how those faces evolved to protect us against punches. "The australopiths were characterized by a suite of traits that may have improved fighting ability,...

Humans, Not Climate Change, Led To Extinction Of Mammal Giants
2014-06-05 11:08:22

Alan McStravick for redorbit.com - Your Universe online We could be living in a world populated with giant deer, wombats, sabre-toothed cats, marsupial lions and kangaroos but for one important factor: humans killed them all. A new study out of Aarhus University, Denmark's second oldest university, looked back over the past 100,000 years and determined that human expansion and competition, not climate change, marched these and many other large mammals right out of the Animal Kingdom. This...

2014-06-04 23:15:26

Dr. Carl Calleman's new book explores humans being part of an evolving global mind. Ancient cultures throughout history show clear evidence of this. Santa Fe, NM (PRWEB) June 04, 2014 If Swedish scientist Dr. Carl Calleman is right, the scientific community has been wrong about the nature and origin of the human mind for a long time. Rather than being a product of the brain, the mind has now been proven to originate in the earth. The mind is created through the brain’s resonance...

monkey and man hands
2014-05-29 04:28:01

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Have you ever wondered why it is that monkeys, chimpanzees, apes and other primates are frighteningly strong compared to us humans? If your answer was yes, you are not alone. And now a new study goes in depth in explaining why and how this phenomenon has occurred evolutionarily. If we take the primate as the most logical known last point in human evolution, then describing primate strength and cognitive abilities as superhuman and...

Panama Protects World Trade And Saves Whales
2014-05-28 03:44:07

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Smithsonian research informs marine conservation The Republic of Panama's proposal to implement four Traffic Separation Schemes for commercial vessels entering and exiting the Panama Canal and ports was approved unanimously by the International Maritime Organization in London, May 23. Based on studies by Smithsonian marine ecologist Hector Guzman, the new shipping lanes are positioned to minimize overlap between shipping routes and humpback whale...

2014-05-21 12:29:15

BOSTON, May 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation recently unveiled a set of paintings commemorating the historic 38(th) voyage of the whaleship Charles W. Morgan and its return to the whaling grounds in Stellwagen Bank. Created by Thomas W. Freeman, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation artist-in-residence, one painting depicts mother and calf humpback whales and other elements relating to Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary's efforts to...

Genetic Research Reveals Three Unique Humpback Whale Subspecies
2014-05-21 09:55:22

Gerard LeBlond for redorbit.com - Your Universe Online The humpback whale is a large baleen whale that can weigh as much as 40 tons and can be up to 50 feet long. The female breeds and births its calf in sub-tropical waters during the winter and migrates to polar regions to feed in the summer. The humpback inhabits every ocean in the world except the Mediterranean sea. Its behavior includes leaping out of the water and slapping the water’s surface with its tail and long pectoral...

Hearing Tested In Bristol Bay Beluga Whale Population
2014-05-15 03:52:01

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution The ocean is an increasingly industrialized space. Shipping, fishing, and recreational vessels, oil and gas exploration and other human activities all increase noise levels in the ocean and make it more difficult for marine mammals to hear and potentially diminish their range of hearing. “Hearing is the main way marine mammals find their way around the ocean,” said Aran Mooney, a biologist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). It’s...

2014-05-02 23:06:00

This Summer, Hornblower Cruises Gives Passengers the Thrill of a Lifetime from the Safety of a Stable and Spacious Yacht San Diego, California (PRWEB) May 02, 2014 Starting July 5th, Hornblower Cruises & Events will offer passengers amazing viewing opportunities of San Diego’s most fascinating natural phenomena, the Blue Whale Migration. Imagine the excitement of seeing a 100 ft. long blue whale, the world’s largest mammal, emerge from the water just a short distance away while...


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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