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2011-01-26 09:05:00

A new chapter in the dispute over the Tyrannosaurus rex's eating habits was written on Wednesday, as scientists with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) published a new study they say confirms that it was, in fact, a hunter and not a scavenger. Their findings, which were published Wednesday in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, "end a long-running debate about the hunting behavior of this awesome predator," officials from the ZSL said in a press release on Tuesday. While...

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2011-01-11 12:35:00

The Edge Coral Reefs project announced this week that it has identified 10 of the most at-risk coral species for protection. Conservationists have unveiled plans to preserve and protect the world's most important species of coral, helping to fight increasing threats that they say will lead to the species being "functional extinct" within decades. Scientists at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) lead the project, which has identified 10 coral species in most urgent risk of becoming...

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2010-11-25 08:24:11

Large predators are much more vulnerable than smaller species to environmental changes, such as over-hunting and habitat change, because they have to work so hard to find their next meal, according to a new study. Scientists matched studies of predator populations to the abundance of their prey and found that the largest species, such as lions, tigers or polar bears, had much greater declines in population due to diminishing food supplies than smaller species, such as weasels or badgers. The...

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2010-11-19 09:25:00

Three species of long-beaked echidnas share the top spot on the Zoological Society of London's list of the world's most unique and threatened mammals, the UK conservation group announced on Thursday. Attenborough's Long-beaked Echidna (Zaglossus attenboroughi)--thought extinct until ZSL researchers discovered evidence of its continued survival three years ago--the Eastern Long-beaked Echidna (Zaglossus bartoni), and the Western Long-beaked Echidna (Zaglossus bruijnii) have been ranked "equal...

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2010-11-10 08:55:00

Like humans, whales can receive sunburn-like effects from overexposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR), according to a new study printed in this week's edition of Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Researchers, including Laura Martinez-Levasseur of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), made the discovery after studying blue whales, fin whales, and sperm whales in the Gulf of California. They also analyzed high-resolution photographs of blisters and damaged areas in skin samples. They found...

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2010-10-27 08:55:00

Nearly one out of every five vertebrates in the world are currently threatened with extinction--and things would be worse were it not for the efforts of conservationists across the globe--a new study set to be published in the journal Science has discovered. The research, carried out by a team of 174 international scientists, analyzed data from some 25,000 species currently listed on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species to discover the...

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2010-10-08 08:58:21

Common frog (Rana temporaria) populations across the UK are suffering dramatic population crashes due to infection from the emerging disease Ranavirus, reveals research published in the Zoological Society of London's (ZSL) journal Animal Conservation. Using data collected from the public by the Frog Mortality Project and Froglife, scientists from ZSL found that, on average, infected frog populations experienced an 81 per cent decline in adult frogs over a 12 year period. "Our findings show...

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2010-08-31 12:34:55

With a simple click of the camera, scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and Zoological Society of London have developed a new way to accurately monitor long-term trends in rare and vanishing species over large landscapes. Called the "Wildlife Picture Index," (WPI) the methodology collects images from remote "camera traps," which automatically photograph anything that lopes, waddles, or slinks past. These virtual photo albums "“ sometimes containing thousands of photos of...

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2010-08-25 19:51:40

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) are requesting that the Government of Tanzania reconsider the proposed construction of a commercial road through the world's best known wildlife sanctuary"”Serengeti National Park"”and recommend that alternative routes be used that can meet the transportation needs of the region without disrupting the greatest remaining migration of large land animals in the world.At issue is the proposed...

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2010-07-19 09:55:00

The first ever pictures of the Horton Plains slender loris, a rare and endangered breed of primate that had long been thought extinct, have been captured by scientists at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), according to a Monday press release from the conservation organization. According to the ZSL, there were only four sightings of this loris subspecies from 1939 through 2002, which led many scientists to believe that they had all died out. However, as part of the ZSL's "Edge of...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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