Tag Archives: world

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 …

Snow Leopards might face extinction due to climate change and other factors

By Raymond Valledor | October 26, 2015 Climate change is now another problem for a particular species of this planet and if left unsolved it might lead to the extinction of the snow leopard. The snow leopard has experienced a decline in number due largely to poaching but according to the world Wildlife Fund climate change is now also a factor in its demise. So far there are around 4,000 of these large cats left in the high mountains of Central Asia but WWF said that among them there are only …

Extinction Means Less Mammal Poop To Fertilize The Earth

By Rebekah Marcarelli | October 26, 2015 New research suggests the loss of mammal poop could mean a more barren Earth. The world relies on the nutrient transfer from animal feces to remain fertile, but new research suggest major species declines and extinctions have put this planetary nutrient recycling system in jeopardy. The weakening of this vital system could have a negative impact on ecosystem health, fisheries, and agriculture, the University of Vermont reported. The researchers calculated …

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

… fish and dolphins, ichthyosaurs dominated the world’s oceans from 250 million years ago to about 90 million years ago. In similar evolutionary circumstances to modern whales and dolphins, it’s thought the ancestors of ichthyosaurs were land reptiles that returned to the sea. They thrived until they became extinct during the Late Cretaceous for reasons unknown. They lived worldwide, with the largest known colony found near Oxford; Britain, which was once warm, shallow sea. To continue …