Tag Archives: Mammals

Extinction Means Less Mammal Poop To Fertilize The Earth

… the capacity for land animals to carry nutrients away from “hotspots” has fallen to eight percent of what it was at the end of the last ice age. The capacity of whales, and other marine Mammals to carry nutrients such as phosphorous from the deep sea to more shallow waters has been reduced by about 75 percent. In the past animals were not believed to be vital for nutrient transfer, but this new research demonstrates the animals are crucial for the “distribution pump” of …

Extinct Hippolike Creature Suctioned Up Its Food

… a vegetarian, said study co-author Louis Jacobs, a vertebrate paleontologist at Southern Methodist University in Texas. Living Fossils: Animals From Another Time: Photos “They were marine Mammals, but they were not completely marine, like whales,” Jacobs said in a video about his research. It’s likely they lived both on land and in water, like seals, and could move around on land like a “big, lumbering, clumsy sort of giant sloth,” he said. [The 12 Weirdest Animal …

What the animal world would look like if humans never existed

By Walt Bonner | August 31, 2015 If humans never existed, lions, saber–tooth tigers, 330–pound beavers and house-sized armadillos would be walking around Texas right now. A new study from researchers at Aarhus University demonstrates what the world would look like for Mammals if the most destructive super predator of them all — Homo sapiens — had never been around. The study was born out of the team’s previous research, which found that a lot of mammal species that went extinct …

Otago geologists find new whale species | Radio New Zealand News

… which they were able to re-identify. All the fossils are part of a whale family called eomysticetids, and the discoveries refer to some of the only Mammals of their kind found in the southern hemisphere. Professor Fordyce said it was great to see New Zealand material making a global impact in the world of ancient marine Mammals. “It’s rather thrilling to discover that New Zealand is a bit of a Rosetta Stone for interpreting life in the ancient seas of the southern hemisphere,” …

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