Latest Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle Stories

2011-08-03 09:40:00

Ugandan and French paleontologists on Tuesday announced the discovery of a 20-million-year-old ape skull they had dug up at an extinct volcano in the northeastern Karamoja region of Uganda, saying the find could shed light on the region's evolutionary history. The scientists say preliminary analysis shows the tree-climbing animal was around 10 years old when it perished. The skull was found on July 18 while the team of paleontologists were looking for fossils around the extinct volcano....

2011-07-03 08:40:00

The creature dubbed the world's loudest animal--a tiny water boatman type of insect that produces the most noise relative to body size--has been caught on tape by scientists for the first time, according to various media reports. According to Telegraph Science Correspondent Richard Gray, Dr. James Windmill of the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and his colleagues discovered the Micronecta scholtzi, which are roughly 3/4 of an inch in size and capable of producing 99.2 decibels of...

2011-02-08 08:20:00

A new form of X-ray imaging technology and a nearly 100 million year old fossil have helped researchers gain a better understanding of how snakes lost their legs through evolution, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. In the study, Alexandra Houssaye from the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle (MNHN) in Paris and colleagues used synchrotron X-ray machines at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) to create 3D images of a 95 million...

2004-11-28 03:00:21

Abstract. The passerine genus Pomarea (monarchs, Monarchidae) is endemic to eastern Polynesia, where it is distributed on high volcanic islands of the Cook, Society, and Marquesas archipelagos. Recent extinctions of these birds have been documented on several islands, and most of the remaining forms are threatened by introducted rats (Rattus rattus) and habitat loss. We used mitochondrial DNA markers to develop a phylogeny of the entire genus Pomarea, including extinct taxa. This phylogeny...

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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
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