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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 …

10 new prehistoric rodent species found in John Day Basin | News – Home

… aterosseus, a possible ancestor of these abundant desert rodents; and a birch mouse, Plesiosminthus fremdi, named for retired John Day Fossil Beds paleontologist Ted Fremd. “This study fills some substantial gaps in our knowledge of past faunas, specifically smaller mammals,” Samuels said. “Some of the new species are really interesting in their own right, and will ultimately help improve our understanding of the evolution of beavers and pocket mice.” “These finds show that …

True blue wonder discovered – The West Australian

… through one of the last un- explored regions for water lilies. The tropical water lily will go through an identification process to confirm its status, but with the world-renowned Mr Magdalena claiming it as a new species, that is mostly a formality. Using aerial photography, Google Maps and the knowledge of local indigenous communities as a guide, the team set off down the Gibb River Road hoping for a world-first. They searched every riverbank, billabong and creek, until on day five, about …

How ancient ‘zombie worms’ screwed up valuable fossils – CNET

… new discovery. “Osedax, therefore, prevented many skeletons from becoming fossilized, which might hamper our knowledge of these extinct leviathans.” Higgs and his colleagues at the university examined fossil fragments from a plesiosaur found in Cambridge and a sea turtle found in Kent, England. They then used a CT scan to make a computer model of the bones that revealed bore holes that matched up to the trail Osedax would leave in its wake. To finish reading this article, please …

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