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South Africa: Low Levels of Genetic Diversity Are Putting Great White Sharks At Risk

By Sara Andreotti, Stellenbosch University | 29 November 2015 Despite international protection, great white sharks face several threats. These include reduction of their food supply, pollution, baited hooks and lethal gill nets used as beach protection measures. The cryptic nature of white sharks makes them challenging to study. And it is difficult to protect a species we don’t know much about. But new research has now added another piece of the puzzle towards understanding these …

New species of cannibal scorpions – Bangalore Mirror

By Deepthi Sanjiv, Bangalore Mirror Bureau | December 9, 2015 Three researchers from Maharashtra working in Bengaluru have described a new species of scorpion from the Western Ghats During a field study for the Indian tarantula project supported by the Rufford Foundation and Department of Science and Technology, three scientists Zeeshan A Mirza and Rajesh V Sanap from the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bengaluru and Amod M Zambre from the Centre …

First Hibernating Primate Found Outside Madagascar : Discovery News

By Discovery News | December 3, 2015 The pygmy slow loris, which lives in Cambodia, China, Vietnam, and Laos, has been documented using hibernation to conserve energy. Previously, the only known primates to hibernate were lemurs living on the island nation of Madagascar. The findings come from a paper just published in the journal Scientific Reports by a team of researchers from Vetmeduni Vienna in Austria. The pygmy slow loris (Nycticebus pygmaeus) is small, at about 7 to 9 inches long and …

The coywolves of Albemarle County: A new species that calls the area home

By Jackson Landers | December 2, 2015 A lone, gray pickup truck with its headlights off rolls along the gravel road in the pale light of a full moon. The truck stops along a tree line in front of a long, broad field and two camouflaged men get out. They close the doors slowly so as to not make any noise. The men sling their rifles over their shoulders and whisper about where to begin. Down past the woods? Over at the neighboring farm? A long, chilling howl erupts from the woods across the …

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