Tag Archives: Ecology

News – Study: Rabbits may have driven Neanderthals to extinction – The Weather Network

… over short distances in wooded areas. But when the environment and climate started to change and the large animals migrated away, researchers suspected Neanderthals had a hard time catching the rabbits that remained in the area. “The climate was changing and the Ecology was decreasing in terms of the amount of animals they were able to hunt,” explains Dr. John Stewart, associate professor in paleoEcology and environmental change at Bournemouth University, in a statement. RELATED: …

The Problem When Once-Endangered Animals Become Too Plentiful | TakePart

… the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution makes the same point, minus the whiskey, and also proposes an agenda for dealing with the almost miraculous—but sometimes complicated—transformation of once-endangered species into commonplace neighbors. Let’s start with a few of the success stories. “In the nineteenth century,” the University of Vermont’s Joe Roman and his coauthors report, “the elephant seal was hunted so intensively in the North Pacific that it was presumed extinct,” …

Critically endangered species should be left to breed in the wild

From Phys.org/news | June 4, 2015 Some near-extinct species should be encouraged to breed in the wild rather than in captivity – according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA). Captive breeding programmes offer a last resort to guard against extinction of critically endangered species such as Sumatran tigers and Arabian oryx. But a new study published today in the Journal of Applied Ecology shows more should be done to prevent extinction in the wild. Lead researcher Dr …

Indian giant fish yet to be named is on brink of extinction

… humpbacked Mahseer has been replaced by non-native relatives (blue-finned Mahseer) which have been artificially bred and introduced to the river in the name of species conservation. The member of the carp family has been known for being the largest and hardest freshwater fish in the world. Found only in the Cauvery river basin in south India, the Indian humpback Mahseer fish is expected to go extinct in a generation. The team has been studying the Ecology, taxonomy and conservation status of 17 …