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

… creatures. Research on the DNA of white sharks around the South African coastline shows that the population has extremely low geneticdiversity. This finding holds serious implications for their survival and more analysis is being done to try and understand this unexpected outcome and predict its consequences for the future of the species. What genetic diversity tells us Genetic diversity is an important indicator of the health status of a population in the wild: the higher the diversity, the …

Woolly mammoth skin’s living cells could help bring the beast back to life 

… more than 10,000 years has given Russian scientists fresh hope of being able to clone the extinct giants. The fragments of skin were discovered along with other remains from six of the ice age creatures. Researchers are now examining it for signs of ‘living cells’ in a special laboratory set up as part of attempts to resurrect the beasts. They are working with researchers in South Korea who have been developing techniques to clone animals on the project. Semyon Grigoryev, who headed …

Extinct Hippolike Creature Suctioned Up Its Food

… Discoveries] “But when they were in the water, they swam like polar bears,” Jacobs said. “They were front-limb-powered swimmers.” Researchers named the new species Ounalashkastylus tomidai. The word Ounalashka translates to “near the peninsula” in the Aleut language of the indigenous Aleutian Island people, and stylus is Latin for “column,” a reference to the creatures’ column-shaped teeth. The species name tomidai honors the Japanese …

Smithsonian Science News –Meet the (flea) beetles! New species

By John Barrat | September 3, 2015 Nausea, vomiting and weakness are but a few of the symptoms one might anticipate after eating leaves from the Taiwanese shrub Erycibe henryi. This wild plant produces powerful toxins as a self-defense against herbaceous insects and other creatures that might otherwise feast upon its leaves. Yet one tiny flea beetle has outwitted this poisonous shrub. Meet Burumoseria yuae; it lives and feeds exclusively on E. henryi, gnawing large holes in its toxic leaves. The …

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