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Giant lion find in Outback NT | NT News

… ever seen. It would have hunted animals – including the giant Diprotodon – in the forests, woodlands, shrub lands and river valleys, as well as around waterholes. NT Museums Senior Curator of Earth Sciences, Adam Yates, said ­Alcoota was one of the most significant fossil sites in the world. “This year we found a complete upper arm bone, which is probably the best single bone of the marsupial lion which has ever been found,” Dr Yates said. “This particular lion ­species is unique to …

Study Says Amazon Biodiversity Faces New Adversary: Hydroelectric Dams : SCIENCE : Tech Times

By Rina Marie Doctor, Tech Times | July 2, 2015 Experts have found that biodiversity in the Amazonian region may be at risk due to the unprecedented development of hydroelectric dams. Through the years, major infrastructure sites that generate electricity from hydropower have increased in number. Although these facilities provide benefits, a new study discovered that mammals, tortoises and birds may face the risk of extinction if exposed to massive dams. Researchers from the University of East …

Smithsonian Science News –Analysis: Many tropical tree species have yet to be discovered

… geographic areas, reaffirming the need for comprehensive, pan-tropical conservation efforts. Although scientists could confidently say “the tropics are diverse,” the answer to “how diverse” still remains open to speculation. Tropical tree identification is notoriously difficult—hampered by hard-to-access terrain and the sheer number of rare species. Much of the data came from CTFS–ForestGEO study sites, where standardized pan-tropical survey methods create opportunities to much more …

Nebraska zoos integral to global conservation efforts | netnebraska.org

… old. Her successful breeding has helped turn the seven-and-a-half acre zoo into one of the premiere research sites for tree roos in the world. Milla was the first of her species documented to have twins, which Norsworthy monitored from inside the pouch. “I’ve been able to document birth all the way until when [the joey] was popping its head out of the pouch, in the pouch, which has never been done before. She’s been very willing to let me do that, which is very unique to her species,” …

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