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Strange New Bat Species Found in Museum Pickle Jar

By Douglas Main | Octobe 31, 2015 In 1983, researcher Charles Francis collected a bat in northeastern Borneo that was brought to London’s Natural History Museum. There, it sat in a pickle jar full of alcohol for three decades. Within the last two years, scientists happened upon it and examined the specimen. After careful work, they determined it represented a new species that hadn’t been described before, and they dubbed it Francis’ woolly horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus francisi), after …

Climate change raises cat threat 

… would have. Under one grim 2070 model, climate change could widen the range of areas suitable for feral cats, bringing them closer to conservation hotspots in new places like the central North Island, and the top and central areas of the South Island. Dr Aguilar’s previous work has demonstrated links between human population density, economic deprivation and the occurrence of stray cats, showing that a dense population generally indicated stray cats would be present. In Auckland, an …

What the animal world would look like if humans never existed

… during the last Ice Age was mostly due to the spread of humans rather than climate change. “Last year we published another study, which along other studies, clearly suggested that humans were a massive driver in the large extinction which occurred near the end of the last ice age,” lead study author and postdoctoral fellow in bioscience Soren Faurby told Foxnews.com. “During this work we started talking about just how big the effects of humans was and how the world would have been …

Otago geologists find new whale species | Radio New Zealand News

… million years ago. He said the findings add considerably to New Zealand’s fossil record, and help fill evolutionary gaps between toothed ancestors and toothless modern baleen whales. Professor Fordyce and Dr Robert Boessenecker’s work appears in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society and the journal PeerJ. The pair have named the newly described whale species Waharoa ruwhenua, Tokarahia kauaeroa. They also discovered fossils of a poorly known species first found in the 1950s, …