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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 …

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 …

Smithsonian Science News –Meet the (flea) beetles! New species

By John Barrat | September 3, 2015 Nausea, vomiting and weakness are but a few of the symptoms one might anticipate after eating leaves from the Taiwanese shrub Erycibe henryi. This wild plant produces powerful toxins as a self-defense against herbaceous insects and other creatures that might otherwise feast upon its leaves. Yet one tiny flea beetle has outwitted this poisonous shrub. Meet Burumoseria yuae; it lives and feeds exclusively on E. henryi, gnawing large holes in its toxic leaves. The …

Fossil Confirms Tropical Climate in North America

By Irina Slav | July 5, 2015   The 48-million-year-old fossil of a basilisk has presented further evidence in support of the hypothesis that the climate in what is today Wyoming used to be tropical. The fossil belongs to an animal very similar to modern Jesus lizards, a group of species that lives near the equator, in central Mexico and northern Columbia. The scientist who studied the fossil, Jack Conrad, is a research associate of vertebrate palaeontology at the American Museum of Natural …

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