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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 …

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

By Joel Acenbach | October 19, 2015 Sawmill Sink is a challenging place to dive. It’s a flooded sinkhole on the island of Abaco in the Bahamas. Below 30 feet is a layer of opaque water saturated in poisonous, acidic hydrogen sulfide. But in 2004, a retired military diver named Brian Kakuk figured out how to penetrate the murk and dive into the lightless depths of the hole. Along ledges, he found a trove of bones, including those of dozens of animal species that have vanished from the …

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 …