Monthly Blog Archives: June 2015

We’re in the middle of the world’s sixth mass extinction event — and may not be able to stop it | Public Radio International

By T.J. Raphael | June 26, 2015 A new head-spinning research paper published this month in the journal Science Advances finds that a mass extinction is underway — the sixth of its kind in Earth’s 4.5 billion year history. Since the year 1900, 69 mammal species are believed to have gone extinct, along with about 400 other types of vertebrates, and the rate at which this is taking place is alarming scientists. “The evidence is […]

How The Turtle Got Its Shell : The Two-Way : NPR

By Nell Greenfieldboyce | June 24, 2015 The fossilized remains of a bizarre-looking reptile are giving scientists new insights into how turtles got their distinctive shells. Some 240 million years ago, this early turtle-like creature lived in a large lake, in a fairly warm, subtropical climate. But it didn’t have the kind of shell modern turtles have, says Hans-Dieter Sues, a curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Sues describes […]

Antarctic region far richer in plants and animals, not just icy wasteland: research – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

By National Environment Reporter Jake Sturmer | June 25, 2015 A comprehensive new study of Antarctic biodiversity has put an end to the myth that the continent is a vast, icy wasteland, with scientists finding the region is far richer in plants and animals than first thought. The report, published in the journal Nature, found while there was huge diversity across the continent and the Southern Ocean, more needed to be done to protect and […]

New dinosaur species discovered at Wits – IOL SciTech

By Tebogo Monama | June 25, 2015 Johannesburg – For years, palaeontologists at Wits University thought the bones they had at their evolutionary centre belonged to the Aardonyx dinosaur. But a chance discovery revealed the bones are in fact of a new species of dinosaur. University of Cape Town PhD student Emil Krupandan and Dr Alejandro Otero from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata in Argentina were visiting the Evolutionary Studies Institute’s (ESI) collections to […]

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