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Vaquitas Spotted! Critically Endangered Porpoises Persevere

By Brian Stallard | October 9, 2015 A newly launched search in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez has reportedly found several vaquita marina porpoises, one of the most critically endangered animals in the world. This reassures conservationists that the vaquita isn’t extinct yet. However, that doesn’t mean the tiny animals are in good shape. The vaquita has never exactly been an animal with huge numbers. The world’s smallest and rarest marine mammal, they live out their lives …

Profit and ruin along the Western Ghats 

By Sohaila Abdulahi | August 22, 2015 One of my daughter’s baby books was That’s good! That’s Bad! by Margery Cuyler. For everything that happened, there was a flip side—good for bad, bad for good. Life is often like that. Sitting here looking out at possibly the planet’s most beautiful view—a monsoon Maharashtra landscape—I’m trying to apply that lens to events in this rural valley. Let’s see if there’s a proper cosmic balance. This area is one of the world’s top …

The role of species competition in biodiversity

… from around 40 million years ago to the present; theorizing that competition from other species was a factor driving extinction rates, they also compiled data for five additional carnivore families including cats, bear dogs, false saber-tooth cats, and bears. They developed an analytical framework to invesigate whether speciation and extinction rates responded to evolution of body mass—a good approximation of diet for canids. The authors suggest that body size can indirectly correlate with …

Cushion plants harbour tiny mountain worlds inside

… domes too. Within each cushion plant’s structure is a totally different world – a sheltered microcosm with moderate temperatures, higher moisture and good soil. “They form a shape that can be compared to a turtle,” says Fabien Anthelme of the French Institute for Development Research based in La Paz, Bolivia, who studies alpine plants. “It allows them to develop their own microenvironment, which is moist, warm and rich in nutrients.” Working in the Altai …

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