Monthly Blog Archives: April 2014

Switch from cattle fields to ‘carbon farms’ could tackle climate change, save endangered animals cheaply

This is an interesting concept … —————————————- Changing cattle fields to forests is a cheap way of tackling climate change and saving species threatened with extinction, a new study has found. Researchers from leading universities, including the University of Sheffield, carried out a survey of carbon stocks, biodiversity and economic values from one of the world’s most threatened ecosystems, the western Andes of Colombia. The main use of land in communities is cattle farming, but […]

Meet Kryptodrakon: Oldest Known Pterodactyl Found in China

The oldest known pterodactyl has been unearthed in China, pushing back the evolution of the ancient flying reptiles by five million years, a new study says. Dubbed Kryptodrakon progenitor, the beast had a wingspan of 4.5 feet (1.4 meters) as it flew the Jurassic skies about 163 million years ago. The new species gets its first name from the Latin krypto (hidden) and drakon (serpent), a nod to the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which […]

Electric Knifefish: New Genus and Species of Electric fish Discovered in Brazil

Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in collaboration with Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia (INPA), Brazil, discovered a new genus and species of electric knifefish that is known to produce electric discharge in distinct pulses, which is easily detected by a few other fish. Found in several tributaries of the Negro River in the Amazonia State of Brazil, the new bluntnose knifefish named Procerusternarchus pixuna belongs to a group of bony fishes called Gymnotiformes, which […]

Celebrating 50 Years of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ – News Watch

Reporting this information here is not meant to depress people, but to inform. We do need to be aware of our actions on the planet and on other living animals. I hope that future generations will take it upon themselves to do what the majority of previous generations have not done. Please click on the link below to read more of this article. ————————————— People are fascinated by scarce plants, fungi and animals, and have […]