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Extinction Means Less Mammal Poop To Fertilize The Earth

… the capacity for land animals to carry nutrients away from “hotspots” has fallen to eight percent of what it was at the end of the last ice age. The capacity of whales, and other marine mammals to carry nutrients such as phosphorous from the deep sea to more shallow waters has been reduced by about 75 percent. In the past animals were not believed to be vital for nutrient transfer, but this new research demonstrates the animals are crucial for the “distribution pump” of …

Climate change raises cat threat 

      Warmer temperatures would move feral feline colonies into conservation hotspots, researcher finds. Vulnerable native species may face further risk as climate change makes more of our country hospitable to stray cats, a researcher says. In a new study in the journal Applied Geography, Unitec natural sciences lecturer Dr Glenn Aguilar used species distribution modelling to describe areas highly favourable to stray cats, and then investigated what effects a warmer climate …

What the animal world would look like if humans never existed

… different if humans had not influenced the distribution of any species within the last 130,000 years and I started estimating this by generating attempts of so–called present-natural distributions of all mammalian species, meaning where they potentially could have been today.” According to the study, rhinos and elephants would thrive alongside bears and Eurasian elk in Europe, while American lions and camels (among other things) would be prowling around North America. To continue reading …

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

… dolphins could become extinct in 15 years. Maui’s dolphins are a subspecies of Hector’s dolphins and occur only in shallow coastal waters off the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island. Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins are among the smallest dolphins in the world, small enough to fit in a bathtub. They are the only dolphin species with a rounded dorsal fin, and are also distinguished from other dolphins by their behavior and limited distribution. To continue reading this article, please …

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