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Discovery of Giant Wasp Opens Window to Ancient Forests

… eventually causes the tree to die. The discovery has given researchers insight into the modern world and how it began coming together after the dinosaurs became extinct. Many of the trees and plants today’s horntail wood-wasps enjoy were also favored by the old wasp and have been found as fossils in the same forest as the ancient horntails; including trees (hemlock, fir, spruce, pine, spruce, sequoia, hemlock, and cedar) and flowering plants (beech, maple, elm, ash, hickory, ash, elm and …

Big animals’ extinction forever alters environment, study shows

By Peter Fimrite | Ocober 27, 2015 Extinctions of large animals — a fate that could soon befallelephants and rhinoceroses — have a cascade effect on local ecosystems, including Northern California, where many smaller animals and plants died off after mammoths were wiped out, a team of scientists has discovered. The size of elephants, wildebeests and other big plant-eaters makes them not only impressive and fascinating but also vital to the many species that live with and depend on …

A 21st-century government must care for our nature and our future

… appreciation, sacrificed elements of our natural environment for short-term economic gain. As the graveyard of extinct plants and animals attests, European colonisation has come at a severe cost to Australian wildlife and environments. To continue reading this article, please click on the link below: Source: A 21st-century government must care for our nature and our future …

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

… beetle’s immunity to the plant’s toxins is the result of a long evolutionary association, explains Alexander Konstantinov, a U.S. Department of Agriculture beetle expert who works in the Systematics Entomology Lab at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. “It is common among leaf beetles to be plant- specific and well adapted to their host,” he observes. Over time many beetle species have developed ways to “process the substances plants develop to …

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