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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 …

Jurassic bark : Nature Plants

… there some other reason? Species go extinct and new ones emerge all the time. However, there have been at least five global mass extinctions in the history of life on Earth, short periods when large numbers of species, genera and even larger groupings cease to exist. The most recent occurred at the end of the Cretaceous period some 66 million years ago (Ma), triggered by an asteroid hitting the earth somewhere off the coast of Mexico, which resulted in the loss of three quarters of animal …

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 …

Oil and gas officials scramble after feds weigh new species protections | Fox News

By Rob Nikolewski | July 4, 2015 Oil and gas producers in one of the most active drilling areas in the country have had to make concessions to not disturb species such as the lesser prairie chicken and the dunes sagebrush lizard. Now industry officials in parts of Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico may have four other species to contend with: make way for the Cascade Caverns salamander, the Arizona toad, the alligator snapping turtle and the Rio Grande cooter. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service …

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