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The coywolves of Albemarle County: A new species that calls the area home

… that has recently arrived in Virginia—the coywolf. Also called the eastern coyote, the coywolf is a hybrid of western coyotes and eastern timber wolves, and it may represent an entirely new species. For most of human history, wolves have been feared and hated. They ate livestock and occasionally attacked humans. Virginia’s first government bounty on wolves was enacted at Jamestown in 1632. As settlers moved west, the slaughter accompanied them across the continent and bounties continued to …

Frodo’s basement: Secret chamber found where hobbit humans lived 

By Colin Barras | October 29, 2015 The diminutive human hobbits of Flores had a basement. And early signs hint at the tantalising possibility of more Homo floresiensis bones in this newly discovered chamber. H. floresiensis became a worldwide sensation when it was unveiled a decade ago. The fragile remains in a cave on Flores island in Indonesia told the remarkable story of a tiny species of early human, standing about 1 metre tall. What’s more, it lived as recently as 18,000 years ago – …

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 …

Chernobyl’s lesson: Tell it to the birds

… “western science” gains, since greater knowledge about the “poorly known” bird will assist conservation efforts. You can’t miss the cruel joke. human colonisation of the planet, fuelled by scientific and technological overreach, has driven countless species to extinction and near-extinction. Animals are hunted for everything from food and fashion to human settlement and entertainment. Funnily enough, just when some life-form eludes grasp or is endangered, its rarity or engineered …