Monthly Blog Archives: February 2015

Rare Russian leopard rebounding from the brink of extinction | National Monitor

By Justin Beach, National Monitor | February 23, 2015 The most endangered cat in the world is rebounding quickly according to conservation officials. The Amur leopard was listed as “critically endangered” in 1996. In a 2007 census only 14-20 adult Amur leopards, and five or six cubs were found. Today the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) announced that while the animal is still incredibly vulnerable its numbers have rebounded sharply. At least 57 of the cats […]

‘Extreme Conservation’ Saves Mountain Gorillas | Al Jazeera America

by Marcelle Hopkins – February 22, 2015 5:00AM ET VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, Rwanda — A baby gorilla’s face peeks through the bamboo canopy, sending dried leaves fluttering down to the sunlight-speckled forest floor. The 3-month-old, still unsteady on her climbing legs, narrows her eyes in concentration and reaches slowly for a nearby branch. In one clumsy slip, she tumbles upside down and slides head first down the bamboo pole like an inverted firefighter. More agile […]

Missing link in the form of a molar pegs hippos as evolutionary cousins to whales – The Washington Post

By Rachel Feltman February 24 It’s long been thought that hippopotamuses share an evolutionary ancestor with whales, but gaps in the fossil record kept scientists from making the connection. In a new study in Nature Communications, researchers report on the discovery of a new species — one identified by 30 million-year-old molars found in Kenya — that reunites the modern hippo with its family tree. Hippos and whales may both have reputations for lolling about in […]

Phosphorus-Rich Dust from Sahara Desert Keeps Amazon Soils Fertile | Geophysics, Soil Science |

Feb 24, 2015 by Every year, millions of tons of dust from the Sahara desert cross the Atlantic Ocean, bringing vital phosphorus and other fertilizers to depleted Amazon soils. For the first time, scientists have quantified in 3D how much phosphorus makes this trans-Atlantic journey. Their study puts the number at about 22,000 tons per year, which roughly matches the amount that the Amazon loses from rain and flooding. NASA’s CALIPSO satellite has quantified […]

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