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Ancient Sea Monsters: Misidentified Fossilized Skeletons Now Revealing Hidden History of Ichthyosaur

From www.ancient-origins.net | November 2, 2015 The fossilized skeletons of strange creatures—odd, beaked fish with teeth and ‘feet’—were uncovered by quarry workers in southwestern England in the early 1800’s. Dubbed “fish lizards” (or Ichthyosauria) at the time, the old discoveries are now under new examination. These ancient sea monsters, specimens collected from across Europe, are apparently not one animal type, but many different unique species. Resembling a cross between …

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 …

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 …

Oil and gas officials scramble after feds weigh new species protections | Fox News

… announced Tuesday it is giving what it calls “status reviews” to the four amphibians and reptiles found in the Southwest as part of 21 species the agency said are worth considering after looking over requests from the environmental group Center for Biological Diversity. “Although few people have heard of, let alone seen, a Cascade Caverns salamander or Rio Grande cooter, these unique species are an important part of the web of life and of what makes the Southwest unique,” …

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