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Extinction Means Less Mammal Poop To Fertilize The Earth

By Rebekah Marcarelli | October 26, 2015 New research suggests the loss of mammal poop could mean a more barren Earth. The world relies on the nutrient transfer from animal feces to remain fertile, but new research suggest major species declines and extinctions have put this planetary nutrient recycling system in jeopardy. The weakening of this vital system could have a negative impact on ecosystem health, fisheries, and agriculture, the University of Vermont reported. The researchers calculated …

Big animals’ extinction forever alters environment, study shows

By Peter Fimrite | Ocober 27, 2015 extinctions of large animals — a fate that could soon befallelephants and rhinoceroses — have a cascade effect on local ecosystems, including Northern California, where many smaller animals and plants died off after mammoths were wiped out, a team of scientists has discovered. The size of elephants, wildebeests and other big plant-eaters makes them not only impressive and fascinating but also vital to the many species that live with and depend on …

Scuba divers in Bahamas find trove of extinct animal fossils and clues to a scientific mystery

… island of Abaco and, in many cases, become extinct altogether. A new report in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science describes the discovery, and the authors believe it has implications for one of the great mysteries in science — the wave of extinctions in the Americas at the end of the Pleistocene as the climate changed, and human beings arrived. It may also help us think about our present and future impact on an increasingly stressed biosphere. To continue reading this …

A 21st-century government must care for our nature and our future

From TheConversation.com | October 1, 2015 Australia’s new prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has announced what he calls a “21st century government”. This article is part of The Conversation’s series focusing on what such a government should look like. What if we decided that a modern government should pledge to put our nature first and explicitly commit to preventing any more extinctions? Or, at least, give conservation an equal billing with our current totem, the economy? In fact, …

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