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Plastic Refuse Found On River Thames Is Bad News For Wildlife
2014-01-02 11:12:15

Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists at Royal Holloway, University of London and the Natural History Museum have discovered thousands of submerged pieces of plastic along the river bed of the upper Thames Estuary. More than 8,000 pieces of plastic were collected by scientists while using nets to capture Chinese mitten crabs. The recovered plastic proves there is an unseen stream of toxic rubbish that could pose a real threat to not only the wildlife and...

T Rex Was Almost A Dinosaur With Another Name
2013-09-02 05:11:00

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Tyrannosaurus rex is arguably the most famous of all the dinosaurs, but apparently the iconic creature was very nearly known by another name. “When the first fossilized remains of the creature were found, the 29-foot carnivore was initially given a moniker that was rather more of a mouthful: Dynamosaurus imperiosus,” explained Richard Gray, Science Correspondent with The Telegraph. “The full story has emerged as the first...

2013-09-01 23:03:30

East Tennessee State University uses zombie themed events to raise money for its Natural History Museum at the Gray Fossil Site. Johnson City, TN (PRWEB) September 01, 2013 The ETSU & General Shale Natural History Museum and Visitors Center at the Gray Fossil Site is organizing campus-wide zombie events throughout the day. Proceeds from each event will benefit the museum and will help provide state-of-the-art exhibits and science education. The main event, which will begin at 5:00...

Fossil Discovery May Be Of Earliest Living Dinosaur
2012-12-05 09:40:27

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Some of the earliest known dinosaurs to have walked the planet were considered to be small dinosaurs like the swift-footed Eoraptor. But researchers have discovered a new dinosaur-like fossil that may be even older. Called Nyasasaurus parringtoni, the specimen is thought to have existed 10 to 15 million years earlier than dinosaur fossils have previously shown, originating in the Middle rather than the Late Triassic Period. Study...

Martian Meteorite Given To London Museum
2012-02-09 13:09:39

The Natural History Museum in London is now in possession on a rare Mars meteorite that could help scientists unravel the mysteries of the Red Planet. The Tissint Martian meteorite is the largest and newest known meteorite, and could help determine whether there is life on Mars. The meteorite fell in the desert of southern Morocco last July, and eyewitnesses say they heard two sonic booms and saw a bright fireball racing across the sky. The meteorite weighs in at 2.5 pounds and is...

Image 1 - Misleading Morphology
2011-10-27 04:35:18

3 European parasitoid wasp 'species' are seasonal forms of just 1 Three widely differing forms of European Scambus parasitoid wasps that had previously been regarded as distinct species are shown to be seasonal morphs of a single species. The collaboration involved National Museums Scotland (Mark Shaw), a private individual (Malcolm Jennings) and Imperial College London + Natural History Museum (Donald Quicke). It was published in the open access Journal of Hymenoptera Research. The...

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2011-03-10 11:04:12

Recently, the Trustees of the Natural History Museum (NHM) in London announced they have agreed to return 138 ancestral remains to the Torres Strait Islands, a group of more than 200 islands between the northern coast of Australia and Papua New Guinea. The repatriation follows a long campaign by indigenous leaders who regarded the removal as an affront. The souls of the dead had not been able to rest, the islanders tell BBC News. Ned David, a Torres Strait islander speaking on behalf of the...

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2010-10-15 06:00:00

Scientists have discovered a new species of carnivorous mammal in eastern Madagascar, according to several media reports on Thursday.  The mongoose-like creature has been dubbed Durrell's vontsira (Salanoia durrelli) after the late British conservationist Gerald Durrell, and belongs to the eupleridae family endemic to Madagascar. The animal was discovered in the wetlands of Lake Alaotra, Madagascar's largest lake.  The marsh habitat has suffered from invasive species and pollution,...

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2010-09-29 11:00:00

More than one-fifth of the world's plant population could face the threat of extinction, according to research released by British researchers and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on Wednesday. The Sampled Red List Index for Plants, a study conducted by experts from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; the Natural History Museum, London; and the IUCN, found that of the 4,000 species that they were able to carefully examine, 22-percent could be classified as threatened, due...

2010-08-20 16:48:00

GRAY, Tenn., Aug. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- U-Haul today announced the release of 1,900 new 10-foot and 14-foot moving vans showcasing a newly discovered species of ancient red panda. This newest SuperGraphic also honors Tennessee's Gray Fossil Site, which is home to the world's most complete red panda (Pristinailurus bristoli) fossil. Scientists have uncovered more than 10,000 specimens at the Gray Fossil Site, including rhinos, elephants, alligators and camels ... all preserved in an...


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  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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