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2009-07-02 13:47:45

Researchers from Canada, Japan and the US have completed an extensive genetic survey of the rare Amur tiger to show the species' chances of survival in the future. Led by Michael Russello and Philippe Henry of the University of British Columbia, in Kelowna, Canada, the team took nuclear DNA from 95 Amur, or Siberian, tigers in the wild. The sample size translates to up to 20 percent of the tiger's remaining population of about 500. "Although the census population size of Amur tigers is closer...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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