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First Hibernating Primate Found Outside Madagascar : Discovery News

… typically weighing about 1 pound. The nocturnal creature lives in trees and, unlike other primates, it can’t leap. Its diet includes tree gum, insects, and fruit. The scientists studied the animal’s body temperature in the fall, winter and spring in Vietnam. They found that the creature engaged in episodes of hibernation between December and February that lasted up to 63 hours each. The researchers suspect both an internal clock mechanism that kicks in during seasons of food scarcity …

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 or small, cats find themselves in the line of fire | The National

By the time you finish reading this column, one of our planet’s unique species will have become extinct. Yes, it has reached this stage. According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), this is at least 100 times the natural rate of extinction. One in four of the world’s mammals are threatened with extinction, and so are one in eight birds, one in five sharks, one in four coniferous trees and one in three amphibians. The cause of all this? Us – through hunting, the destruction of habitats and …

Fossil Confirms Tropical Climate in North America

… at mid-latitudes, in this case, the Bridger rock formation in Wyoming. Conrad named it Babibasiliscus alxi and suggested it may have been the first representative of the Jesus lizard family. He said in a press release the lizard was probably active during the day and lived mostly in trees. A bone ridge on the top of its head provided shade from the sun and at the same time probably made it look constantly angry. It had small teeth that ended in three points, suggesting its usual diet included …

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