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Earth’s magnetic fields headed towards switch: Rare event believed to have caused extinction of Neanderthal species

By Andre Mitchell | November 8, 2015 Do not be surprised if one day, compasses will point to the south by default instead of the north. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) confirmed that the Earth’s magnetic fields are headed towards a complete reversal—a rare event believed to have once caused the wiping out of the Neanderthal species. Principal investigator Bruce Jakosky from the University of Colorado made this announcement recently while discussing how NASA …

Rich diversity of present-day beetles may be due to extinction resistance

… the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History. “By looking at the fossil history of the group, we can see that extinction, or rather lack of extinction may be just as important, if not more important, than origination. Perhaps we should be focusing more on why beetles are so resistant to extinction.” Smith’s study with her coauthor, Jonathan Marcot, Research Assistant Professor of Animal Biology at the University of Illinois, will appear in the Proceedings of the Royal …

This Jay Is Evolving in a Very, Very Weird Way | WIRED

By Matt Simon, Posted 11th March 2015 THE SCRUB JAYS of California’s Santa Cruz Island really love a good peanut. “It’s like crack to them,” says Katie Langin, a biologist at Colorado State University who probably knows these birds better than anyone else. Working with Scott Morrison of the Nature Conservancy, Langin started visiting the peaks and valleys of this wild island in 2007, baiting jays with nuts to trap and tag them for her dissertation. Before she came along, what …

Vaquita Porpoise on the Verge of Extinction [VIDEO] : Animals : Nature World News

… incentive,” Lorenzo Rojas, a marine biologist in Mexico, told The Guardian. “They can earn in a few catches what they would normally earn in a year.” Mexican officials have placed restrictions on waters in the Colorado River delta, located in the Gulf of California, but they have failed to protect the species. The report recommended finding other ways to keep local fishermen employed, otherwise implement a total ban on the use of gill nets. If the vaquita porpoise succumbs to …

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