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2014-01-29 11:17:50

Ever since the nineteenth century scientists have recognized that some regions contain more species than others, and that the tropics are richer in biodiversity than temperate regions. But why are there more species in the tropics? A new study publishing 28 January in the Open Access journal PLOS Biology scrutinizes most of the living mammalian species and reveals a two-fold mechanism; the rate at which mammals arose was higher in the tropics, and the rate at which they became extinct lower....

2011-06-09 13:32:31

We often think of rainforests and coral reefs as hotspots for biodiversity, but mountains are treasure troves for species too "”especially in the tropics, scientists say. But what drives montane biodiversity? The diversity of plants and animals in tropical mountain ranges may have something to do with the stable seasonal temperatures found in the tropics relative to higher latitudes, says a new study by scientists working at the US National Evolutionary Synthesis Center. The study,...

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2009-07-06 13:20:00

An Australian study has found climate change is rapidly expanding the size of the world's tropical zone, threatening to bring disease and drought to heavily populated areas, AFP reported. The tropics had widened by up to 310 miles in the past 25 years, researchers at James Cook University concluded after examining 70 peer-reviewed scientific articles. In an effort to determine how global warming was impacting the tropical zone, the researchers looked at findings from long-term satellite...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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