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Frodo’s basement: Secret chamber found where hobbit humans lived 

… of the Liang Bua rock shelter, where the hobbit remains were unearthed, have drawn a blank. Perhaps that’s because we’ve been looking in the wrong place. In 2006, Michael Gagan at the Australian National University in Canberra and his colleagues visited the cave, and in one dimly lit corner stumbled upon the entrance to a steep passageway. They abseiled down and found a whole new chamber. The team has now excavated the upper layers of sediment in the Liang Bawah cave. They uncovered animal …

Predator Defenses Backfired: Poisonous Frogs Face Higher Risk Of Extinction, Researchers Say 

… diversification — a combination of both speciation and extinction rates — which the species was trying to avoid by using predatory defenses in the first place, according to a news release. On the other hand, researchers found that amphibians that changed the color of their skin to hide or those that mimicked their predators to confuse them were using much safer methods of self-defense. The animals that used these techniques were able to both increase and expand (sometimes called …

Scuba divers in Bahamas find trove of extinct animal fossils and clues to a scientific mystery

By Joel Acenbach | October 19, 2015 Sawmill Sink is a challenging place to dive. It’s a flooded sinkhole on the island of Abaco in the Bahamas. Below 30 feet is a layer of opaque water saturated in poisonous, acidic hydrogen sulfide. But in 2004, a retired military diver named Brian Kakuk figured out how to penetrate the murk and dive into the lightless depths of the hole. Along ledges, he found a trove of bones, including those of dozens of animal species that have vanished from the …

Bird poo spider fires up Hilton

… species also spins a web around its resting place so it looks like splatter from the dropping. After discovering the new species in 2006, Roff went through the ­process of naming the spider and publishing his research on the spider in the African Invertebrates scientific journal. The species is the 13th spider of the Pasilobus species. The spider has an unusual diet, feeding only on male moths which it attracts by releasing a scent similar to that of a female moth. When the male moth …

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