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Adelies Ross Sea ice floes
2014-02-27 05:21:14

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Ross Sea is a major, biologically productive ecosystem in the Antarctic, which "clearly will be extensively modified by future climate change" in the coming decades as longer periods of ice-free open water are created by rising temperatures and changing wind patterns. According to a new paper funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), these ice-free periods affect the life cycles of both predators and prey. The research...

The Rules Of Modern Development Also Applied To Ancient Settlements
2014-02-13 13:38:23

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online University of Colorado Boulder researchers, publishing a paper in the journal PLOS ONE, say ancient cities worked as well as modern urban areas. The team developed mathematical models describing how modern cities change as their populations grow and compared results with Aztec settlements in central Mexico. “This study suggests that there is a level at which every human society is actually very similar,” Scott Ortman, assistant...

British Antarctic Survey Team Counts Whales Using Satellites
2014-02-13 10:10:18

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new report from the British Antarctic Survey has revealed that satellites can be used to accurately estimate whale populations. The report authors said the technique they developed could revolutionize the way whales are counted. "This is a proof of concept study that proves whales can be identified and counted by satellite,” said study author Peter Fretwell, a researcher with the British Antarctic Survey. “Whale populations...

Height Important In Matters Of Love
2014-02-11 04:38:22

[ Watch the Video: Height Is Definitely A Factor In Romance ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Height plays a big role in determining who is a potential partner for women, according to researchers at Rice University and the University of North Texas. Researchers looked at how height is a factor when determining who someone wants to fall in love with. The team used data from Yahoo! personal dating advertisements of 455 males and 470 females. They found that woman...

2014-02-11 04:22:44

HOLON, Israel, Feb. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sapiens International Corporation, (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, announced today that a leading provider of preneed insurance has chosen Sapiens ALIS Policy Administration System. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120508/531104) The company has licensed Sapiens ALIS to support its businesses in...

Woolly Mammoths And Other Megafauna Suffered From A Loss Of Plant Diversity
2014-02-06 09:29:49

[ Watch the Video: Diet Changes Killed Off Woolly Mammoths ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have put forth many theories on why woolly mammoths and other large animals went extinct around 10,000 years ago, from the devastating effects of a comet impact to overhunting by humans. A new DNA-based study published in the journal Nature has found that the flowering plants these “megafauna” depended on disappeared from northern Asia and North America...

Fossils Reveal Eclectic Ancient Marine Mammals Of North Pacific
2014-02-06 08:47:30

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The pre-Ice Age marine mammals of the North Pacific were a diverse and fascinating lot, according to an analysis of hundreds of fossil bones and teeth excavated from the San Francisco Bay Area's Purisima Formation. Robert Boessenecker, a geology PhD student at New Zealand's University of Otago, put together a record of 21 marine mammal species that were fossilized 5 to 2.5 million years ago, including dwarf baleen whales, odd...

Human Activities In Southeast Atlantic Affect Humpback Whale Routes
2014-02-06 07:12:13

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Swimming off the coast of Africa, humpback whales encounter more than warm waters for mating and bearing young, according to a new study led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). They also encounter offshore oil rigs, major shipping routes and potentially harmful toxicants. The researchers used satellite tags affixed to more than a dozen whales to quantify the amount of overlap between hydrocarbon exploration and extraction,...

Stranded Whales Lead Scientists To Discovery Of A New Species
2014-02-05 14:06:36

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have discovered a new whale species that lives in the deep ocean waters beyond the edge of the continental shelf. Researchers, publishing a paper in the journal Marine Mammal Science, say they discovered Mesoplodon hotaula after studying seven animals stranded on remote tropical islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The first specimen was a female found on a beach in Sri Lanka more than 50 years ago. M. hotaula are...

Last Glacial Age Decimated Global Killer Whale Population
2014-02-05 09:53:07

[ Watch the Video: Ice Age Decimated Killer Whales ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from an international team of researchers has found that killer whale populations around the world were decimated by the last Ice Age that occurred around 40,000 years ago. The study, which was published in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution, is based on a genetic analysis of archival DNA that showed significant genetic diversity bottlenecks in orca...


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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