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  • New limbless lizard species discovered

    05/28/2007 3:02:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 613+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/28/07 | Ashok Sharma - ap
    NEW DELHI - An Indian zoologist said Monday he has found a new species of limbless lizard in a forested area in the country's east. "Preliminary scientific study reveals that the lizard belongs to the genus Sepsophis," said Sushil Kumar Dutta, who led a team of researchers from "Vasundhra," a non-governmental organization, and the North Orissa University. The newly found 7-inch long lizard looks like a scaly, small snake, Dutta said. "It prefers to live in a cool retreat, soft soil and below stones." "The lizard is new to science and is an important discovery. It is not found anywhere...
  • New species of hummingbird discovered in Colombia, endangered by drugs industry

    05/15/2007 11:41:28 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 284+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/15/07 | Toby Muse - ap
    BOGOTA, Colombia - There's a new chirp in the forest but it may be choked by the slashing and burning of trees by coca farmers, researchers said. The Gorgeted Puffleg, a rare hummingbird that boasts a plumage of violet blue and iridescent green on its throat, has been discovered living in the cloud forests of southwestern Colombia, researchers announced. The species belongs to the Puffleg genus, which appear to have "little cotton balls above their legs," said Luis Mazariegos-Hurtado, who has spent 30 years documenting hummingbirds and founded the Colombian Hummingbird Conservancy. The species — known by its scientific name...
  • Gene Transfer Between Species Is Suprisingly Common

    03/10/2007 4:00:46 PM PST · by blam · 10 replies · 440+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 3-11-2007 | University Of California - Berkeley
    Source: University of California - Berkeley Date: March 11, 2007 Gene Transfer Between Species Is Surprisingly Common Science Daily — Bacteria are known to share genes, spreading drug resistance, for example. But how common is it in other organisms, including mammals like us? Two new studies show that most bacteria have genes or large groups of genes shared by other bacteria. Even among higher organisms, shared genes are the rule rather than the exception, UC Berkeley and LBNL researchers say. Two new studies by University of California, Berkeley, scientists highlight the amazing promiscuity of genes, which appear to shuttle frequently...
  • Museum IDs new species of dinosaur (Albertaceratops nesmoi)

    03/03/2007 7:29:23 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 1,141+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/3/07 | AP
    CLEVELAND - A new dinosaur species was a plant-eater with yard-long horns over its eyebrows, suggesting an evolutionary middle step between older dinosaurs with even larger horns and the small-horned creatures that followed, experts said. The dinosaur's horns, thick as a human arm, are like those of triceratops — which came 10 million years later. However, this animal belonged to a subfamily that usually had bony nubbins a few inches long above their eyes. Michael Ryan, curator of vertebrate paleontology for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, published the discovery in this month's Journal of Paleontology. He dug up the...
  • Los Angeles-born Andalas expected to save his endangered species

    02/25/2007 8:03:33 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 2 replies · 325+ views
    Agencies, via The Jakarta Post ^ | 26 Feb 2007 | Staff
    JAKARTA (Agencies): Andalas, the first Sumatra rhino born in captivity in more than 100 years was now heading home to its habitat on Sumatra Island with a single task -- to breed with females and help save the endangered species from extinction. The 5-year-old rhino, Andalas, was being flown from a zoo in the United States to Jakarta's international airport. He then is to travel by truck and ferry to a rhino sanctuary in Lampung province, where males Rosa and Ratu await.
  • Anthropologist Confirms 'Hobbit' Indeed A Seperate (Human) Species

    01/29/2007 4:13:17 PM PST · by blam · 56 replies · 1,766+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 1-29-2007 | Florida State University
    Florida State University Date: January 29, 2007 Anthropologist Confirms 'Hobbit' Indeed A Separate Species Science Daily — After the skeletal remains of an 18,000-year-old, Hobbit-sized human were discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003, some scientists thought that the specimen must have been a pygmy or a microcephalic -- a human with an abnormally small skull. Not so, said Dean Falk, a world-renowned paleoneurologist and chair of Florida State University's anthropology department, who along with an international team of experts created detailed maps of imprints left on the ancient hominid's braincase and concluded that the so-called Hobbit was...
  • CA: Judge reverses species protection ruling (Tiger salamander)

    12/20/2006 6:28:51 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 460+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/20/06 | Terence Chea - ap
    SAN FRANCISCO - A judge has overturned a decision by state wildlife regulators to reject a petition to give protected status to the California tiger salamander. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Lloyd G. Connelly ordered the Fish and Game Commission to conduct a 12-month review to determine whether to list the yellow-and-black amphibian as an endangered or threatened species. Connelly said the commission "misstated or ignored substantial evidence" and "relied on conflicting information of doubtful scientific value" when it voted 3-2 two years ago to reject the petition to list the salamander under the California Endangered Species Act. In the Dec....
  • Bring Dingoes Back To Stop Species Extinction

    11/02/2006 4:07:59 PM PST · by blam · 8 replies · 441+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 11-2-2006 | Rachel Nowak
    Bring dingoes back to stop species extinction 17:23 02 November 2006 news service Rachel Nowak Dingoes may make a comeback Bizarrely, reintroducing dingoes – Australia’s top natural predator – could improve the survival of smaller marsupial species that they often prey on, researchers say. The Eastern hare-wallaby? Gone. The lesser bilby? Gone. In the past two centuries, 18 mammals have gone extinct in Australia, accounting for almost half the mammalian extinctions in the world over that time period. Biologists usually blame that infamous record on a complex set of circumstances, including changes in how people use fire to clear...
  • Aspen tells skiers sport may be doomed ( Wacko Global Warming )

    09/22/2006 11:43:48 AM PDT · by george76 · 75 replies · 1,596+ views
    Vail Daily ^ | September 22, 2006 | Scott Condon
    In new ads, ski company says global warming could dry up snow during the next century... The Aspen Skiing Co. hopes potential customers are ready for a snow job. On Wednesday, the company unveiled a new advertising campaign for the 2006-07 season that centers around the message that snow — and skiing — will disappear around 2100 if humans don’t take drastic action to slow global warming. Three full-page ads, which show a melting snowflake imposed over Highland Bowl, will run in SKI and Outside magazines in the next few months. One ad portrays a “certificate of death” for snow....
  • Fort, center settle suit on bio pact (Ft Huachuca vs. Center for Bio-Diversity)

    09/20/2006 4:21:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 309+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — A federal judge has approved a lawsuit settlement in which the post and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will renegotiate a biological opinion. “Fort Huachuca’s proactive decision to re-initiate consultation was instrumental in the Center for Biological Diversity and the Army agreeing to settle the lawsuit involving activities at Fort Huachuca and the impact of these activities on the San Pedro River basin,” post spokeswoman Tanja Linton said Tuesday. Jeff Humphrey, a Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman in Phoenix, said the settlement was signed Friday by U.S. District Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson, who is assigned to...
  • There may be a dinosaur waiting for you

    09/05/2006 1:51:25 PM PDT · by doc30 · 17 replies · 518+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 9/5/06 | Globe and Mail
    Good news for dinosaur fans: There are probably a lot more of them waiting to be discovered. At least, their fossils are. Peter Dodson of the University of Pennsylvania and Steve Wang of Swarthmore College estimate that 71 per cent of all dinosaur genera — groups of dinosaur species — have yet to be discovered. “It's a safe bet that a child born today could expect a very fruitful career in dinosaur paleontology,” Dr. Dodson said in a statement. The estimate appears in Tuesday's issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Dodson — a professor of anatomy...
  • Two species become one in the lab

    06/14/2006 11:11:21 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 30 replies · 712+ views
    BBC ^ | June 14, 2006
    Two butterfly species have been bred in the lab to make a third distinct species, the journal Nature reports. In a species, individuals need to be capable of interbreeding to produce fertile offspring. The study demonstrates that two animal species can evolve to form one, instead of the more common scenario where one species diverges to form two. The process has been likened to building a new bike from a pair of second-hand ones. The Heliconius heurippa butterfly appears to be the product of a process called hybrid speciation. Most species are thought to form when groups of organisms gradually...
  • Scientists create hybrid butterfly species in lab - Heliconius heurippa

    06/14/2006 12:46:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 317+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/14/06 | Reuters
    LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists said on Wednesday they have created a distinctive red and yellow butterfly in the laboratory by interbreeding two different species in a way similar to what they believe has occurred in nature. The laboratory hybrid is nearly identical to a wild species of butterfly in Colombia known as Heliconius heurippa. "We recreated the evolutionary steps that may have given rise to Heliconius heurippa, a hybrid butterfly species, in the lab," said Jesus Mavarez, of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama City, Panama. Animal hybrids are thought to be very rare because they are less able...
  • Unique Underground Ecosystem: Eight Previously Unknown Species [Hebrew Univ]

    05/31/2006 8:03:44 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 146 replies · 2,292+ views
    Hebrew University of Jerusalem ^ | 31 May 2006 | Staff (press release)
    Discovery of eight previously unknown, ancient animal species within “a new and unique underground ecosystem” in Israel was revealed today by Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers. In a press conference on the Mt. Scopus campus of the Hebrew University, the researchers said the discovery came about when a small opening was found , leading to a cave extending to a depth of 100 meters beneath the surface of a quarry in the vicinity of Ramle, between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The quarry is operated by cement manufacturer Nesher Industries. The cave, which has been dubbed the Ayalon Cave, is “unique...
  • Might everything disappear?

    05/29/2006 3:05:34 AM PDT · by gallaxyglue · 36 replies · 840+ views
    UNESCO ^ | 05/05/06 | UNESCOPRESS
    05-05-2006 10:00 am “Might everything disappear? Species, languages, cultures, values…” is the theme to be debated at the next 21st Century Talks to be held at UNESCO on 9 May 2006 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, (Room II). Chaired by the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, and moderated by Jérôme Bindé, Deputy Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences and Director of the Division of Foresight the talks will bring together four personalities of international renown. Jean Baudrillard teaches sociology at the Universities of Paris IX and X and lectures internationally. His numerous published works include: The Consumer Society: Myths and...
  • Feds reject petition to list California spotted owl as endangered

    05/23/2006 8:56:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 406+ views
    ap on San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 5/23/06 | Juliana Barbassa - ap
    FRESNO – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday rejected a petition to list the California spotted owl under the Endangered Species Act, saying the population is stable and programs that prevent forest wildfires will allow it to thrive. The decision rankled the environmental groups that had requested protection of the speckled, football-sized owl. This was their second effort to list the bird in three years. The petition's denial was based in part on the recommendation of scientists commissioned to study the owl, said Steve Thompson, manager of the agency's California-Nevada operations office. They found that fires that creep...
  • Birders Find No New Evidence of Woodpecker (Public Access Can't Be Denied)

    05/22/2006 6:35:26 AM PDT · by girlangler · 23 replies · 665+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 5/18/06 | ANNIE BERGMAN
    Birders Find No New Evidence of Woodpecker By ANNIE BERGMAN Associated Press Writer © 2006 The Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — With news Thursday that search teams had found no new confirmation of the ivory-billed woodpecker's existence in the swamps of eastern Arkansas, wildlife managers said there was no longer a reason to limit public access to the region. "Based on the information coming from the search and research that we have done, I feel there is no need any longer to limit public use within this area," said Dennis Widner, manager of the Cache River Wildlife Management Area...
  • Ultimate "Guest Worker" Program

    05/17/2006 3:19:08 PM PDT · by tomzz · 6 replies · 431+ views
    self | 5/17/06 | self
    According to the Bush administration and the US senate, we need guest workers in this country, presumably to do the heavy lifting which Americans are no longer capable of. I've got an idea for a sort of an ultimate version of something like that... According to everything I read, gorillas in the wild are in danger of outright extinction, mainly due to human encroachment on teritories. Also from most of what I read, gorillas are basically bright, and very easy to get along with, as compared to chimps which should be regarded as dangerous. According to some of what I...
  • Ranchers say weights have declined since wolf reintroduction ( Middle class under attack )

    05/05/2006 7:46:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 94 replies · 1,912+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 5, 2006 | Jim Knight
    Cattle ranchers in the Paradise Valley say shipping weights have declined since wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in 1995. They say their cattle stay close to gates instead of grazing entire pastures. Wary animals tend to eat less than relaxed animals.
  • 8 New Frog Species Discovered in Laos

    05/04/2006 6:24:48 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 372+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/4/06 | Michael Casey - ap
    BANGKOK, Thailand - You want to find a new frog species? Head to the Southeast Asian nation of Laos. gcScientists working in conjunction with the New York-based World Conservation Society, or WCS, say they have discovered eight new species of frogs in the past two years. Among them is one where the male is half the size of the female and another which has a row of spines running down its belly. Their findings were reported earlier this year in Copeia, the journal of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, and in other peer-reviewed scientific journals since 2004. "Nobody...
  • De-prioritizing people

    03/28/2006 6:43:10 AM PST · by serendipity_kate · 1 replies · 471+ views ^ | 28 March 2006 | Jennifer Biddison
    Part of the problem is that the people who decide national policy are headquartered in Washington, D.C., where large plots of private property are rare. Those of us who live in urban or suburban areas imagine endangered species protection to be as simple as being kind to blue whales, grizzly bears and bald eagles. We don’t stop to consider the dilemmas facing people thousands of miles away from us. Bill Snape, Chairman of the Endangered Species Coalition, is an example of one who lives in either ignorance or denial. “There just aren’t private landowners that I can identify where the...
  • Endangered Species Act critic finds himself in crosshairs(rights of property owners)

    03/26/2006 5:37:04 AM PST · by cope85 · 13 replies · 840+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sunday, March 26, 2006 | ERICA WERNER
    Endangered Species Act critic finds himself in crosshairs By ERICA WERNER Associated Press writer Sunday, March 26, 2006 TRACY, Calif. -- Republican U.S. Rep. Richard Pombo likes animals, just as long as obscure species aren't dictating what happens to the land. Bidding for his 12th term in Congress, the cowboy-booted Pombo, a Californian who raises cattle on the family ranch, wants to rewrite the 1973 Endangered Species Act to dramatically expand the rights of property owners. And as chairman of the House Resources Committee, he is closing in on that longtime goal. That has made him a prime target for...
  • How many species inhabit the planet?

    03/17/2006 1:09:31 PM PST · by mlc9852 · 39 replies · 563+ views
    Yahoo!News ^ | March 17, 2006 | Ed Stoddard
    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Scientists and policy makers who want to slow the rate at which species are being lost face a conundrum: No one knows how many different plants and animals there are. "Some people who study insects think there may be as many as 100 million species out there," said Jeff McNeely, the chief scientist at the World Conservation Union. "But if you took a poll of biologists, I think most would say there are somewhere around 15 million," he told Reuters by telephone from the organization's Swiss headquarters. According to the Collins English Dictionary, a species is "a...
  • Doubts cast on superstar woodpecker's return

    03/13/2006 11:13:06 AM PST · by S0122017 · 24 replies · 403+ views
    newscientist ^ | 13 March 2006 | Bob Holmes
    Doubts cast on superstar woodpecker's return 12:36 13 March 2006 news service Bob Holmes The apparent rediscovery of the ivory-billed woodpecker in 2005 – hailed as one of the great conservation triumphs of recent times – may be merely a case of mistaken identity, according to a new study. In April 2005, researchers led by John Fitzpatrick at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York, announced in the journal Science that the woodpecker, believed extinct for 60 years, had been seen alive in the swamps of eastern Arkansas, US. And they had a video of the bird...
  • Evangelicals, Scientists, Environmentalists Fight for Endangered Species Act

    03/13/2006 5:35:54 AM PST · by xzins · 117+ views
    The Christian Post ^ | 11 Mar 06 | Pauline Change
    Evangelicals, Scientists, Environmentalists Fight for Endangered Species Act Saturday, Mar. 11, 2006 Posted: 7:26:22AM EST As the Senate prepares to take up revisions to the Endangered Species Act this month, evangelicals, scientists, environmentalists, and environmental-evangelical-scientists launched a nationwide effort to raise awareness among their supporters about the threat to the landmark law and to urge policymakers to preserve scientific protections in the act. The Noah Alliance, an interfaith group of Evangelical Christian, Protestant and Jews, began running about $200,000 of advertisements on hundreds of radio, print and television media since Mar. 8. Organizers hope the ads, which will run through...
  • New species of crab found...with blond hair.

    03/09/2006 4:11:06 AM PST · by S0122017 · 19 replies · 938+ views
    Its silky blond hair looks pretty seductive – until you see the very large claws sticking out at the end. The good news is that the weird beast couldn’t catch you if it wanted to – it is blind. The new lobster is in fact so strange that it has been given its own family and genus - Kiwa hirsuta. The 15-cm-long (6 inch) beast was found 2300 metres (7540 feet) under the South Pacific, 900 miles south of Easter Island. Many new species are plucked from the ocean each year, but scientists say it is unusual to find one...
  • Furry 'lobster' found in Pacific

    03/08/2006 3:51:21 PM PST · by Ultra Sonic 007 · 58 replies · 1,305+ views
    BBC News ^ | 3/08/2006
    Marine biologists have discovered a crustacean in the South Pacific that resembles a lobster or crab covered in what looks like silky fur. Kiwa hirsuta is so distinct from other species that scientists have created a new taxonomic family for it. A US-led team found the animal last year in waters 2,300m (7,540ft) deep at a site 1,500km (900 miles) south of Easter Island, an expert has claimed. Details appear in the journal of Paris' National Museum of Natural History. The diving expedition was organised by Robert Vrijenhoek of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California. The "Yeti Crab",...
  • NASA Satellite Technology Helps Fight Invasive Plant Species

    02/16/2006 3:49:03 PM PST · by george76 · 1 replies · 779+ views
    PRNewswire ^ | Feb. 15 | PRNewswire
    Products based on NASA Earth observations and a new Internet-based decision tool are providing information to help land and water managers combat tamarisk (saltcedar), an invasive plant species damaging precious water supplies in the western United States. This decision tool, called the Invasive Species Forecasting System (ISFS), is being used at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Institute of Invasive Species Science in Fort Collins, Colo. It is the result of combining USGS science and NASA Earth observations, software engineering and high- performance computing expertise. "The ISFS combines NASA satellite data with tens of thousands of field sampling measurements, which...
  • Scientists May Have Found New Fish Species

    02/14/2006 10:09:51 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 189+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/14/06 | Miranda Leitsinger - ap
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Scientists have discovered what they believe is a new fish species and at least 20 types of previously unknown seaweeds during a recent expedition to one of the Caribbean's most diverse marine areas — a coral-covered underwater mountain off the Dutch island of Saba. It could take a year before researchers confirm the findings, which local fishermen, working with the Dutch Antilles government, are hoping to use to lobby authorities to steer oil tankers away from the Saba Bank Atoll to protect their livelihoods and the rich underwater life. During their two weeks at the...
  • New Species Discovered in Indonesia Jungle

    02/07/2006 5:49:09 AM PST · by NYer · 38 replies · 1,191+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | February 7, 2006 | ROBIN McDOWELL
    Scientists exploring an isolated jungle in one of Indonesia's most remote provinces discovered dozens of new species of frogs, butterflies and plants — as well as mammals hunted to near extinction elsewhere, members of the expedition said Tuesday.The team also found wildlife that were remarkably unafraid of humans during its rapid survey of the Foja Mountains, an area in eastern Indonesia's Papua province with more than two million acres of old growth tropical forest, said Bruce Beehler, a co-leader of the monthlong trip.Two Long-beaked Echidnas, a primitive egg-laying mammal, simply allowed scientists to pick them up and bring them back...
  • "Lost world" found in Indonesian jungle

    02/06/2006 5:31:51 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 26 replies · 1,364+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2/7/06 | Alister Doyle
    Tue Feb 7, 2006 12:11 AM GMT166 Printer Friendly | Email Article | RSS OSLO (Reuters) - Scientists said on Tuesday they had found a "Lost World" in an Indonesian mountain jungle, home to dozens of exotic new species of birds, butterflies, frogs and plants. "It's as close to the Garden of Eden as you're going to find on Earth," said Bruce Beehler, co-leader of the U.S., Indonesian, and Australian expedition to part of the cloud-shrouded Foja mountains in the west of New Guinea. Indigenous peoples living near the Foja range, which rises to 2,200 metres, said they did not...
  • New Animal Species Found in Calif. Caves

    01/18/2006 9:33:56 AM PST · by mlc9852 · 30 replies · 658+ views
    KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Calif. - Spiders, centipedes and scorpion-like critters are among the 27 new animal species that biologists have discovered in the dark, damp caves of two Central California national parks, officials announced Tuesday. The finds were made during a three-year study of 30 caves in Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks. Many of the creatures live only in caves — and some only in one particular cave of Sequoia and Kings Canyon, according to the study, conducted by park staff and biologists from Austin, Texas-based Zara Environmental . "We thought we might find a handful of new...
  • Worried Wood Turtles Win

    12/30/2005 6:38:01 AM PST · by GreenFreeper · 12 replies · 828+ views
    Madison: The shy, retiring, and threatened Wood Turtle [Glyptemys insculpta], easily overlooked and facing an uncertain future as its habitat is developed, appears to have driven a stake into the heart of plans by Chatham Borough and Chatham Township to develop two playing fields on the Woodland Park property off Woodland Road, adjacent to the Independence Court neighborhood in Madison. In a long-awaited decision released Monday, December 12th, the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) classified a portion of the site as "exceptional" wetlands for their habitat value, requiring a 150-foot buffer from any development, and effectively blocking the plan...
  • Extinct mammoth DNA decoded

    12/18/2005 9:21:33 PM PST · by planetesimal · 51 replies · 1,233+ views
    BBC News ^ | Sunday, 18 December 2005 | Helen Briggs
    Scientists have pieced together part of the genetic recipe of the extinct woolly mammoth. The 5,000 DNA letters spell out the genetic code of its mitochondria, the structures in the cell that generate energy. The research, published in the online edition of Nature, gives an insight into the elephant family tree. It shows that the mammoth was most closely related to the Asian rather than the African elephant. The three groups split from a common ancestor about six million years ago, with Asian elephants and mammoths diverging about half a million years later. "We have finally resolved the phylogeny of...
  • Strange New Carnivore Species Sighted On Borneo

    12/05/2005 5:15:46 PM PST · by FReepaholic · 80 replies · 2,508+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/5/2005 | Reuters
    GENEVA (Reuters) - Environmental researchers are preparing to capture what they call a new, mysterious species of carnivore on Borneo, the first such discovery on the wildlife-rich Indonesian island in over a century. Swiss-based environmental group WWF said on Monday its researchers photographed the strange animal, which looks like a cross between a cat and a fox, in the dense, central mountainous rainforests of Borneo.
  • Habitats May Shrink by Leaps, Bounds (Endangered Species Act Alert)

    11/04/2005 2:28:00 PM PST · by GreenFreeper · 18 replies · 487+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | Nov. 4, 2005 | Janet Wilson
    A century and a half ago, California's red-legged frog graced the menus of gourmet restaurants in San Francisco and helped launch a young American writer named Mark Twain, who immortalized the leaping Gold Rush wonder in his first published short story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." Humans have not repaid the favor since, gobbling up not just the long-legged amphibian but nearly all of its wetland habitat for crops and homes, threatening it with extinction. On Thursday, as part of a continued, far-reaching rollback of protected landscapes for scores of imperiled species around the country, federal officials proposed...
  • Southern Rocky Mountain Population of Boreal Toad No Longer Candidate for Listing

    10/05/2005 8:51:03 AM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 25 replies · 513+ views
    The Center for North American Herpetology ^ | 5 October 2005 | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    USFWS Contacts: Al Pfister(970)243-2778 x 29 or Diane Katzenberger (303)236-4578 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the withdrawal of the Southern Rocky Mountain population of the Boreal Toad (Bufo boreas boreas) from the list of species being considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service has determined that listing this population of the Boreal Toad at this time is not warranted because it does not constitute a distinct population segment as defined by the ESA. Although no further action will result from this finding, the Service will continue to seek new information on the taxonomy,...
  • Endangered Species Act rewrite passed by House

    09/29/2005 4:42:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 73 replies · 3,598+ views
    ap on San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 9/29/05 | Erica Werner - ap
    WASHINGTON – The House on Thursday passed legislation that could greatly expand private property rights under the environmental law that is credited with helping keep the bald eagle from extinction but also has provoked bitter fighting. By a vote of 229-193, lawmakers approved a top-to-bottom overhaul of the 1973 Endangered Species Act, perhaps the nation's most powerful environmental law. The law has led to contentious battles over species such as the spotted owl, the snail darter and the red-legged frog. The rewrite faces an uncertain future in the Senate, where Republican Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, head of the panel...
  • The Problem With Evolution

    09/26/2005 5:44:09 AM PDT · by DARCPRYNCE · 340 replies · 6,041+ views
    ChronWatch ^ | 09/25/05 | Edward L. Daley
    Charles Darwin, the 19th century geologist who wrote the treatise 'The Origin of Species, by means of Natural Selection' defined evolution as "descent with modification". Darwin hypothesized that all forms of life descended from a common ancestor, branching out over time into various unique life forms, due primarily to a process called natural selection. However, the fossil record shows that all of the major animal groups (phyla) appeared fully formed about 540 million years ago, and virtually no transitional life forms have been discovered which suggest that they evolved from earlier forms. This sudden eruption of multiple, complex organisms is...
  • Endangered Plants Focus of New Study

    09/03/2005 4:38:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 505+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 9/3/05 | betsy Taylor - ap
    ST. LOUIS - A network of botanical institutions is launching an unprecendented study of endangered native U.S. plants to determine their potential for recovery — and in hopes of preventing their disappearance. Those plants range from the Western lily to the Tennessee coneflower, says the Center for Plant Conservation. The center, a St. Louis-based nonprofit organization comprising more than 30 botanical organizations around the country, was founded in 1984 to stop the extinction of native plants. Center officials said an analysis of this scale has never been performed before at a national level. The center estimates that about 2,000 U.S....
  • Virus 2: The Real Story of the 'Mir' Threat

    08/09/2005 8:14:24 AM PDT · by jb6 · 27 replies · 1,132+ views
    anomalist ^ | Copyright © 2002 | Igor Popov
    In a Hollywood blockbuster, the Russian orbital station "Mir," having fallen into the Pacific Ocean, threatens mankind with a terrible virus that it has brought in from the space. It is interesting that in 2001 a similar chilling plot moved from science fiction to the news. Shortly before the Russian space pride found its last resort in the Pacific waters, both Russian and western media started to scare their readers with the frightening reports about "the Mir danger." The alarm was caused by nothing else but. . . a virus! To be more precise--viruses. And some other tiny organisms that...

    07/28/2005 4:54:55 PM PDT · by TheOtherOne · 34 replies · 604+ views
    MIT'S Technology Review ^ | July 2005 | By Andrew P. Madden
    Ernst Mayr, a biologist who expanded upon Darwin's theory of evolution, died on February 3 at the age of 100. While he also earned acclaim as an ornithologist, naturalist, and historian of biology during his eight-decade career, Mayr will be best remembered as a champion of evolutionary theory.Mayr's major contribution came in 1942, when his book Systematics and the Origin of Species was published. Here, Mayr laid one of the cornerstones of the then new synthetic theory of evolution, which unified Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection with Gregor Mendel's theory of heredity. One of the shortcomings of...
  • Preserve for Endangered Fly Dedicated

    06/28/2005 10:20:31 AM PDT · by goron · 24 replies · 633+ views
    Press Engerprise ^ | Jennifer Bowles
    Preserve for endangered fly dedicated COLTON: A 150-acre field is set aside to help remove a barrier to building projects. 01:47 AM PDT on Tuesday, June 28, 2005 By JENNIFER BOWLES / The Press-Enterprise Calling it the wave of the future for endangered species protections, federal wildlife officials on Monday helped dedicate a 150-acre field in Colton as a permanent preserve for an endangered fly. Some developers who have been stymied by protections for the Delhi Sands flower-loving fly will buy credits to help manage the preserve so their projects can go forward. It is the first conservation bank for...
  • Group Calls for End to the Endangered Species Act's "Reign of Terror"

    06/23/2005 9:24:26 AM PDT · by Alexander Rubin · 32 replies · 632+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Thursday, June 23, 2005 | Peyton Knight
    Washington, D.C.–In a letter to House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo (R-CA), the American Policy Center (APC) and over 50 public policy groups called for an end to the federal government’s unconstitutional practice of taking land and property rights under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Chairman Pombo plans to make reauthorizing the ESA a priority of the current Congress. "There are some who claim that the Act needs to be ‘strengthened,’ ‘updated,’ or ‘modernized,’" said APC president Tom DeWeese. "How absurd. For three decades this law has done nothing but steal property, destroy economies, shatter livelihoods, cost billions of dollars,...
  • Calif. Botanists Find Rare Grass Species (wispy, 7 inch tall tufts)

    05/31/2005 10:11:44 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies · 900+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/31/05 | AP
    AVALON, Calif. - A species of grass not seen since 1912 has been discovered growing on Santa Catalina Island off the Southern California coast, botanists say. The plant, California dissanthelium, had long been thought extinct until a botanist recently spotted the wispy, 7-inch-tall tufts while hiking in Cottonwood Canyon. "I saw a little grass, and I thought, 'Hmm, that doesn't look familiar,'" said Jenny McCune, an assistant plant ecologist for the Catalina Island Conservancy. McCune found the grass on March 30 in an area of the canyon hit by fire two years ago. Scientists confirmed the plant's identity last month....
  • New Monkey Species With Goose-Like Call Discovered

    05/19/2005 2:15:43 PM PDT · by hispanarepublicana · 34 replies · 844+ views ^ | 5/19/05 | AMANDA ONION
    New Monkey Species With Goose-Like Call Discovered Two Separate Teams of Scientists Stumble Across the Strange New Animal in Tanzania By AMANDA ONION - When a team of scientists first heard hunters from Tanzania's Wanyakyusa tribe talk about a quiet, black-faced monkey that hung out in high elevations, they weren't sure if it was real or a "spirit" animal from the tribe's oral tradition. "Sometimes the difference between real and spiritual animals is not clear-cut when you speak with the Wanyakyusa. So we went into the forest with one of the hunters," said Tim Davenport, director of Wildlife Conservation...
  • CA/OR: New salamander species identified

    05/17/2005 5:59:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies · 914+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/17/05 | William McCall - AP
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A new species of salamander has been identified in the Siskiyou Mountains of southern Oregon and Northern California, demonstrating the biological richness of the region, researchers say. The Scott Bar salamander, classified as Plethodon asupak, had been considered to be a member of the Siskiyou Mountains salamander species, or Plethodon stormi, until genetic analysis showed a distinct evolutionary line, said Joseph Vaile of the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center in Ashland. "Everyone talks about how biologically rich the tropics are, but we are still discovering species right here in the Klamath-Siskiyou," Vaile said. The word "asupak" is the...
  • Panther 1; People 0

    05/03/2005 9:41:09 AM PDT · by MikeEdwards · 24 replies · 936+ views
    CFP ^ | May 3, 2005 | Henry Lamb
    It’s wrong! It’s just plain wrong for the federal government to force private land owners to not only allow government panthers to roam on private property, but to let the panthers feast on the landowners’ pets. The Third Amendment forbids government from "quartering" soldiers on private property without the owner’s consent; panthers, however, and other so-called "endangered species" must be quartered and fed by the landowner - without his consent. Jack and David Shealy’s petting zoo at their campground near Ochopee, Florida became a buffet table for a radio-collared panther released in the area by the Game Commission. Night after...
  • CA: Suits Challenge Protections for 42 Species (Pacific Legal Foundation)

    03/30/2005 6:49:01 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 300+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/30/05 | Don Thompson - AP
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A conservative legal foundation filed twin federal lawsuits Wednesday challenging federal protections for 42 species, 15 of which live only in shallow seasonal pools across much of California and in far southern Oregon. The Pacific Legal Foundation says the critical habitat designations that together cover 1.5 million acres in 42 counties drive up housing costs and taxes and harm private property rights without doing much to save species. The suits, filed simultaneously in Fresno and Sacramento federal courts on behalf of building and agriculture associations, also challenge critical habitat designations for 27 other species, 21 of which...
  • Hillary's New Movie ** FR Exclusive **

    03/11/2005 3:06:41 PM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 31 replies · 1,413+ views
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