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Hard soft coral: New genus and species of ‘living fossil’ octocoral related to blue coral

From phys.org | July 2, 2015 Research conducted in Okinawa, Japan, by graduate student Yu Miyazaki and associate professor James Davis Reimer from the University of the Ryukyus has found a very unusual new species of octocoral from a shallow coral reef in Okinawa, Japan. The new species can be considered a “living fossil”, and is related in many ways to the unusual blue coral. The study was published in the open access journal ZooKeys. Unlike scleractinians, most octocorals lack a …

Giant ‘Walking Bat’ Once Prowled Rainforest Floors

… “Our discovery shows for the first time that Mystacina bats have been present in New Zealand for upwards of 16 million years, residing in habitats with very similar [to current] plant life and food sources,” lead researcher and vertebrate paleontologist, Suzanne Hand, an associate professor at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia, said in a statement. The new fossil shows that New Zealand has a “batty” history. Bats are the country’s only native …

– World’s Smallest Dolphins Falling Prey to Extinction | ENS

… world’s cetacean scientists who are in San Diego for the annual two-week-long meeting of the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission, IWC. Maui’s dolphin expert associate professor Liz Slooten, with the Department of Zoology, University of Otago, New Zealand, will present the latest population figures to the IWC Scientific Committee. She and other dolphin experts and advocates are warning that unless the level of fisheries protection is increased immediately, Maui’s …

Fossils of extinct marine species providing insights on today’s extinction hotspots – Techie News

… records from the past 23 million years. The reason behind choosing this period is that it most closely resembles Earth today. Combining the data with the present state of our oceans, researchers are gaining greater insights on possible extinction of current species. The team established a baseline of extinction risk in oceans by analysing data in a world with and without humans said Lotze, a Canada Research Chair in Marine Renewable Resources and associate professor at Dalhousie University. …

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