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Discovery of Giant Wasp Opens Window to Ancient Forests

… centimeters) long, is its name – Ypresiosirex orthosemos Most hikers would be fairly alarmed to come across a giant wasp, but the ancient species is only slightly larger than its modern cousins according to Archibald. Today’s horntail wood-wasp is considered a significant pest in forests, the young wasps tunnel through tress causing a fungus to grow which they then eat. The fungus produces poisons, while the wasp emits a secretion which weakens the immune system of the tree. This combination …

New Species of Ancient Shorebird Identified from New Zealand Fossils 

From Sci-News.com | October 19, 2015 An endemic and previously unknown species of shorebird has been identified from fossils found in Central Otago, New Zealand. The new species, Hakawai melvillei, lived approximately 17.5 million years ago (early Miocene), a time when New Zealand was covered in subtropical forests and crocodiles roamed parts of the South Island. According to a paper published in the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, Hakawai melvillei was a representative of a large group of …

Comeback of the century: The California sea otter’s return from the brink of extinction

By Kimberly Truong | August 27, 2015 Some 50 years ago, California’s Monterey Bay was missing a key element that makes its kelp forests function: the sea otter. Now, however, everyone’s favorite aquatic weasel has made a comeback, and they’re here to regulate the environment. Starting August 31, PBS and BBC are exploring that environment in Big Blue Live, a three-day live stream showcasing marine life in the Monterey Bay — an ecosystem that might not be here were it not for …

World’s rarest wild cat saved from extinction along Russian-Chinese border

… Amur leopard is the rarest subspecies of leopard. Unlike its African cousin, it dwells in temperate forests rather than dry savannah. Similar to other leopards, it can run at speeds of up to 38mph and has been reported to leap almost 6 metres horizontally and up to 3 metres vertically. Amur leopards were once common across north-east China, southeastern Russian and the Korean peninsula, but by the 1940s, hunting had driven them to the brink of extinction. The World Wildlife Federations lists …

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