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Extinct Hippolike Creature Suctioned Up Its Food

… Discoveries] “But when they were in the water, they swam like polar bears,” Jacobs said. “They were front-limb-powered swimmers.” Researchers named the new species Ounalashkastylus tomidai. The word Ounalashka translates to “near the peninsula” in the Aleut language of the indigenous Aleutian Island people, and stylus is Latin for “column,” a reference to the creatures’ column-shaped teeth. The species name tomidai honors the Japanese …

California Proposes Largest Wildlife Overpass Over Los Angeles 101 Freeway For Animals

… in their natural habitat. Probably the latest example of this is when President Barack Obama pursued wilderness protection for Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Unfortunately, we are one of the major causes for the extinction of animal species, too. Though it is common to link such to topics like cultural views and sport hunting, sometimes contributing to a species’ extinction may be by accident. This is the case for people killing animals with their vehicles that are crossing roads …

Five near-blind monk seals become ambassadors for vanishing species | Environment | The Guardian

… aquariums to house monk seals,” said Charles Littnan, a lead scientist and monk seal expert with NOAA. “Most people in the U.S. don’t realise there is species of seal, an old and unique species, struggling against extinction in Hawaii. The Minnesota Zoo brings the seals’ plight to over a million people every year, people far removed from the tropical shores of Hawaii.” The five monk seals at the zoo – Nani, Paki, Koa, Ola and Opua – weren’t born in captivity, but had been …

Fossils suggest animals and not a meteorite wiped out planet’s first ‘Ediacarans’ microbes | Daily Mail Online

… study says Mass extinctions are usually blamed on rapid events, such as meteorite impacts and volcanic super-eruptions. But the world’s first known mass extinction – which took place about 540 million years ago – was caused by something far more slow-moving: evolution. A new study has found that Earth’s earliest microbes were wiped out by the evolution of complex life. ‘people have been slow to recognise that biological organisms can also drive mass extinction,’ …

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