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Evolutionary Debate Sheds Light On The Age Of Mammals
2012-08-28 13:48:56

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 65 million years ago, dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops disappeared, leaving Earth open to the rise of mammals. These strange creatures are only distantly related to the mammals alive today. One of those unusual mammals, Ernanodon antelios, was only known from a single, highly distorted specimen until recently. This specimen raised more questions than it answered about habits and evolutionary relationships. In the most...

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2009-08-30 09:10:00

In its biggest seizures of pangolins this year, Malaysia's Wildlife and National Parks Department confiscated 98 animals from a house in Alor Setar in the northern state of Kedah. After about three weeks of surveillance and investigations, the department's Wildlife Crime Unit raided the house early Wednesday morning and found the smuggled pangolins along with 6.5 pounds of pangolin scales.. "We believe the animals were destined to be sold to Asian countries for their meat, as well as their...

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2009-07-14 10:55:00

The Chinese have an incredible appetite for the pest-eating pangolins of Southeast Asia - to the point of driving them to endangerment. Activists are now urging the government to do more to ensure their protection. Wildlife trade monitoring group TRAFFIC said in a report, "Due to continual demand and the decreasing Chinese wild population, in the past few years pangolin smuggling from Southeast Asia has resulted in great declines in these producing countries' wild populations." The name...

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2009-03-03 15:54:12

Pangolins in Southeast Asia are dwindling in numbers due to poaching activities, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Wildlife Enforcement Network said on Tuesday. Poachers have long sought after the scaly anteaters for their meat, which is used for consumption. They also use their scales for traditional medicines. "More than a 100 tons of smuggled pangolin meat heading to China was confiscated in the region last year but that is only 10 to 20 percent of the amount of Pangolin...

2008-10-13 00:00:15

By Nisha Sabanayagam KUALA LUMPUR: It was only a matter of time. The gentle pangolin (Manis javanica), found in Malaysia and Thailand, is officially listed as "endangered", under threat of extinction. So, too, the Malayan tapir (Tapirus indicus). Both animals are officially cited on the 2008 Red List of Threatened Species, by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). All species of gibbon monkeys are now also "endangered", from "near threatened" last year. The...

2006-04-27 00:33:24

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police have seized hundreds of bear paws and dead pangolins that smugglers had injected with tranquillisers, the online edition of the official Yunnan Daily said on Thursday. Police in the southwestern province of Yunnan announced on Sunday that 20 members of a ring smuggling endangered animals had been arrested, the Web site of the Yunnan provincial government mouthpiece said. Investigators seized 278 bear paws and 416 pangolins that had been smuggled by...


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Chinese Pangolin, Manis pentadactyla
2013-11-29 09:41:59

The Chinese pangolin (Manis pentadactyla) is a species of pangolin that can be found in Bhutan, India, and Nepal and from northern areas of Indochina to southern areas of China and most areas of Taiwan. This species resides in forests and spends most of its time on the ground, although it has been found in trees at elevations of up to twenty feet. It is thought that this species was one of the famous pets of the Raven FACs, named The Critter. The Chinese pangolin reaches an average body...

Tree Pangolin, Manis tricuspis
2012-05-30 12:22:11

The tree pangolin (Manis tricuspis) is one of eight species of pangolin, or “scaly anteater”, in existence. It is also known as white-bellied pangolin or three-cusped pangolin. There are currently two subspecies of the tree pangolin, the most abundant of forest pangolins in Africa. This species is native to equatorial areas of Africa, and its range extends from Guinea through Sierra Leone, and from West Africa to Central Africa. Its eastern range reaches as far as southwestern Kenya...

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2007-10-24 12:34:20

The Giant Pangolin (Manis gigantea), is a species of pangolin. The Giant Pangolin inhabits Africa with a range stretching along the Equator from West Africa to Uganda. It is found mainly in savanna, rainforest, and forest, where there is a large termite population and available water. It does not inhabit high altitude areas. The Giant Pangolin is the largest species of pangolin (scaly anteaters). It belongs to the Manidae family. It was first described by Johann Karl Wilhelm Illiger in 1815....

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2007-10-23 16:39:46

The Ground Pangolin (Manis temminckii), also known as Temminck's Pangolin or the Cape Pangolin, is one of four species of pangolin which can be found in Africa. They are the only one found in southern and eastern Africa. Although it is present over quite a large area, it is rare throughout it and notoriously difficult to spot. Its scarcity is partly because it is hunted by humans for its scales, which are used in love charms, and partly because it is often burnt in bush fires. With the...

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2007-10-22 16:10:04

The Indian Pangolin (Manis crassicaudata), is a pangolin that is found in many parts of India. Like other pangolins, it has large, overlapping scales on the body which act like armor. It can also curl itself into a ball as self defense against predators such as the Tiger. It is an insectivore and feeds on ants and termites, digging them out of their mounds using its long claws that are as long as its forelimbs. It lives mainly in burrows and is known to climb trees. It is also considered to...

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cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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