Monthly Blog Archives: April 2015

Macaca leucogenys: New Species of Macaque Discovered in Tibet | Biology |

From | April 16, 2015 A group of scientists led by Dr Peng-fei Fan of the Dali University’s Institute of Eastern-Himalaya Biodiversity Research in Yunnan has described a new species of macaque from Modog County, southeastern Tibet, China. The team’s discovery is published online in the American Journal of Primatology. Macaques are medium to large-sized monkeys belonging to the genus Macaca, subfamily Cercopithecinae, family Cercopithecidae (Old World monkeys). There are 23 species recognized in the genus, […]

Book in Brief: How to Clone a Mammoth – Phenomena: Laelaps

By Brian Switek | April 10, 2015 “Will there ever be a real Jurassic Park?” I’ve heard this question more times than I can count. The answer is always “No“. Aside from the problem of getting a viable clone to develop inside a bird egg – one that scientists haven’t cracked yet – DNA’s postmortem decay happens too fast to give us any hope of saying “Bingo! Dino DNA!” someday. But just because it won’t […]

How an Excess of Carbon After a Mass Extinction Shaped Ocean Life : Nature & Environment : Science World Report

By Catherine Griffith | April 8, 2015 Scientists have learned a bit more about a mass extinction event that occurred millions of years ago. They’ve discovered how carbon offered a mode of survival for some ocean life after this catastrophic event. As the Triassic Period of the Mesozoic Era began, more than 90 percent of terrestrial and marine species became extinct. Many theories have been given for why this event occurred, including ones that incorporate […]

Bush conservation plan to help save animals and plants facing extinction | SBS News

By SBS | April 8, 2015 Australia’s great outdoors is world renowned for its unique array of wildlife and rugged landscape. The country’s flora and fauna draws millions of tourists from around the world. But scientists say Australia’s native species are under threat of extinction. Professor Hugh Possingham, from the University of Queensland, says Australia is facing a decline in its rich biodiversity. “At the moment about 15 per cent of all Australia’s species are […]

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