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2013-11-06 12:29:31

Satellite Biotelemetry Company gives 8 satellite Platform Transmitter Terminals (PTTs) and 8 GSM Cellular Transmitter Terminals (CTTs) to contribute toward conservation of vultures, geese, and eagles. WASHINGTON, Nov. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- North Star Science and Technology, LLC has recently concluded its bi-annual Grant Program; initiated in 2003 and managed by the American Bird Conservancy (ABC). North Star's Grant Program provides 8 free satellite Platform Transmitter...

Mysterious Wasting Virus Killing Starfish Along West Coast
2013-11-04 15:04:27

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online California marine biologists are reporting the spread of a mysterious bacteria that is killing starfish up and down the West Coast – transforming the echinoderms into piles of goo in the process. “They essentially melt in front of you,” Pete Raimondi, a biologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz, told The Santa Rosa Press Democrat. The affected animals form white lesions on their exterior that grow and occasionally...

2013-11-04 12:29:48

CIUDAD OBREGON, Mexico, Nov. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cargill's animal nutrition business, a global feed and nutrition company, is hosting a two-day workshop, Nov. 12-13, in Ciudad Obregon to explore strategies to help customers deal with a new bacterial disease causing mass mortalities at cultivated shrimp farms in northwestern Mexico. The disease, known as Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS) or Acute Hepatopancreatic Necrosis Disease (AHPND), has caused large-scale die-offs of...

2013-11-04 12:26:28

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Daniel Pearl Foundation (www.danielpearl.org) today announced that the 12th Annual World Music Days was celebrated at 867 events in 29 countries. The annual event, which takes place every October 1-31, encourages musicians of all genres to take a moment during their performances to acknowledge and celebrate with audiences the ideals that journalist and musician Daniel Pearl stood for: Uniting people through words and music and promoting...

Mortlock Islands Flying Fox Gets New Name
2013-10-29 12:52:39

Pensoft Publishers A specimen preserved in a jar of alcohol in The Natural History Museum, London has remained the only record of the Mortlock Islands flying fox, one of the least known bat species on the planet, for over 140 years. That is until now. A team of bat biologists led by Dr. Don Buden from the College of Micronesia has collected new information about this "forgotten" species, and studied it in the wild for the first time. The study is reported today in the open access journal...

Species Such As The Cyber-Centipede Get Big Help From Big Data
2013-10-29 06:43:21

[ Watch the Video: 3D Model Of Cyber-Centipede ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In 1735, Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus introduced taxonomic descriptions that are designed to allow scientists to tell one species from another. A new study, published in Biodiversity Data Journal, describes a new futuristic method for describing new species that moves far beyond traditional ones. This new method combines next generation molecular methods, barcoding, and novel...

Ecological Impacts Linked To Poorly Camouflaged Walking Sticks
2013-10-22 06:31:29

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers studying the evolution of a California walking stick into two separate, distinct forms have found that such rapid changes in a creature’s appearance can set off a chain of ecological impacts. Investigators from the Univeristy of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Helsinki report that the evolution of the species Timema cristinae resulted in two unique individuals – one that is all green in color and well...

Development Of Cryptic Worms Provides New Insights Into Molluscan Evolution
2013-10-18 12:20:59

University of Vienna There are still a lot of unanswered questions about mollusks, e.g. snails, slugs and mussels. The research group of Andreas Wanninger, Head of the Department of Integrative Zoology of the University of Vienna, took a detailed look at the development of cryptic worms. The larvae of the "wirenia argentea" hold a much more complex muscular architecture than their adults -- they remodel during their metamorphosis. That's a clue that the ancestors had a highly complex...

Ancient Eel-Like Chordates Linked To Evolution Of Human Skeleton
2013-10-17 07:59:04

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online An international team of paleontologists has published new research in the journal Nature revealing that the human skeleton did not evolve from ancient predatory fossil fish, as previously believed. Rather, the human skeleton evolved as a way to protect against predators such as the conodont, extinct eel-like chordates that evolved tooth-like structures and tissues independently of other creatures, according to experts from...

Extinct Arthropod Had Big Claws Spider Brain
2013-10-16 15:15:35

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While finding an intact fossil of any kind can be an exciting discovery, an international team of paleontologists recently discovered the earliest known complete nervous system in the fossil of a never-before described creature that crawled or swam in the ocean some 520 million years ago, according to a report in the journal Nature. The researchers said the fossil belongs to an extinct group of marine arthropods known as megacheirans,...


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Negros Fruit Dove, Ptilinopus arcanus
2014-04-18 14:10:41

The Negros Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus arcanus) is a species of bird belonging to the pigeon and dove family Columbidae. It is native to the island of Negros located in the Philippines. This fruit dove is known from a single female specimen collected from the slopes of Mount Kanloan within the northern portion of the island. While it was found at a high elevation, it is suspected that the species originally resided in the lowland dipterocarp forests and was driven to higher elevations due to...

Choiseul Pigeon, Microgoura meeki
2014-04-18 11:39:05

The Choiseul Pigeon or Solomon’s Crested Pigeon (Microgoura meeki) is an extinct species of bird belonging to the pigeon and dove family Columbidae. It was native to the islands of Choiseul located in the Solomon Islands, although there are unsubstantiated reports that it might have once lived on several nearby islands. The pigeon was monotypic within the genus Microgoura and had no known subspecies. The closest living relative is believed to be the Thick-billed Ground Pigeon, and some...

2014-04-18 10:27:02

The Sulu Bleeding-heart (Gallicolumba menagei) is a species of bird within the pigeon and dove family Columbidae. It is native to the island of Tawi-Tawi and its surrounding islets within the Philippines’ Sulu Archipelago. This species is known from two specimens that were collected in 1891, and has not been recorded with certainty since then. It resides in primary and secondary forests that have a closed canopy. It is of medium size with a short tail. Bright metallic green colored feathers...

Silky Anteater, Cyclopes didactylus
2014-04-14 10:24:36

The silky anteater (Cyclopes didactylus), also known as the pygmy anteater, is a species of anteater that can be found in South and Central America in a rage that extends from southern Veracruz and  Oaxaca, through most of Central America, to Ecuador, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, and on the island of Trinidad. This species prefers to reside in a number of forested habitats including semi deciduous forests, mangrove forests, and tropical rainforests. It can be found at elevations between sea level...

Vernal Pool Tadpole Shrimp, Lepidurus packardi
2014-04-11 11:50:16

The vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi) is a species of shrimp that can be found in California and southern areas of Oregon. Its range includes the Agate Desert in Oregon and many areas in California including the Central Coast, the San Joaquin and Sacramento Valleys, and the southern foothills of the Sierra Nevada. This species prefers to reside in vernal pools, which are now rare, but it can be found in other freshwater habitats including ditches, reservoirs, and ponds. The...

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