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First Hibernating Primate Found Outside Madagascar : Discovery News

By Discovery News | December 3, 2015 The pygmy slow loris, which lives in Cambodia, China, Vietnam, and Laos, has been documented using hibernation to conserve energy. Previously, the only known primates to hibernate were lemurs living on the island nation of Madagascar. The findings come from a paper just published in the journal Scientific Reports by a team of researchers from Vetmeduni Vienna in Austria. The pygmy slow loris (Nycticebus pygmaeus) is small, at about 7 to 9 inches long and …

Unusual new Mesozoic turtle found in Utah

By Andrew McDonald | October 22, 2015 Today, freshwater bodies are populated by many different species of turtles. The same was true in the Mesozoic Era, when turtles lived alongside less familiar creatures, such as dinosaurs and pterosaurs. A new species of turtle has been named by paleontologist Joshua R. Lively of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. The new species, Arvinachelys goldeni, has been described in a paperpublished online October 21 in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. …

Otago geologists find new whale species | Radio New Zealand News

… million years ago. He said the findings add considerably to New Zealand’s fossil record, and help fill evolutionary gaps between toothed ancestors and toothless modern baleen whales. Professor Fordyce and Dr Robert Boessenecker’s work appears in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society and the journal PeerJ. The pair have named the newly described whale species Waharoa ruwhenua, Tokarahia kauaeroa. They also discovered fossils of a poorly known species first found in the 1950s, …

Genome Study Brings Woolly Mammoth DNA Back From the Dead / Sputnik International

… evolution works, because mammoths are so closely related to living elephants, which have none of the traits they had.” According to the findings, published on Thursday in the journal ‘Cell Reports,’ the mammoth DNA had some 1.4 million genetic variants which enabled them to survive in cold environments, linked to skin and hair development, fat metabolism, temperature sensation and circadian clock biology. To continue reading this article, please click on this link: …