No more cuddly selfies with our ape cousins, top conservation body warns scientists. The global authority on wildlife protection wants scientists to quit cuddling monkeys on Instagram, holding hands with orangutans in films, and palling around with chimpanzees in publicity photos.
In a new set of guidelines released last week, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) called on scientists, students, conservationists, and caretakers to stop publishing images that depict themselves in close contact with nonhuman primates. Scientists Discover Brown Snakes Employing 'Lasso Locomotion' to Climb Vertically to Top of Metal Cylinder. How frigid lizards falling from trees revealed rising cold tolerance.
After the coldest night in south Florida in a decade, lizards were dropping out of palm trees, landing legs up.
The scientists who raced to investigate the fallen reptiles have now found that, despite such graceless falls, some of these tropical, cold-blooded creatures are actually more resilient to cold than previously thought. The finding sheds light on how some species might respond to extreme weather events caused by human-caused climate change (SN: 12/10/19). Although climate change is expected to include gradual warming globally, scientists think that extreme events such as heat waves, cold snaps, droughts and torrential downpours could also grow in number and strength over time. The idea for the new study was born after evolutionary ecologist James Stroud received a photo of a roughly 60-centimeter-long iguana on its back on a sidewalk from a friend in Key Biscayne, an island town south of Miami.
The previous night, temperatures dropped to just under 4.4° Celsius (40° Fahrenheit). 'Seaborne invasion' of wild boar swamps mystical Malaysian island. A Python Swallowed a Crocodile Whole—and a Photographer Was There to Capture It All. Between the itching and the welts and the fears of mosquito-borne viruses, it's easy to forget that mosquitoes are a wonder of evolution, and that maybe they don't get a fair shake from us.
Of more than 3000 known species, only 80 actually bite people, and at least one eats other mosquitoes for us. They grow from egg to adult in just five days, begin mating within minutes of hatching, and possess, by way of their stinging mouthparts, some of the coolest appendages in the animal kingdom. 1. Mosquitoes are excellent flyers in bad weather. The average raindrop is 50 times heavier than the average mosquito, yet they buzz around in the rain with no problems. A common urban legend said that the bugs were nimble enough to dodge the drops. 2. Of the 3000 species of mosquitoes around the world, at least 150 are found in the United States, and 85 of those call Texas home. Scientists Find Chernobyl Full of Thriving Animals. The word Chernobyl likely conjures up eerie images of buildings long-abandoned by residents who fled the nuclear fallout.
But the area in Ukraine is far from deserted, as evidenced by a study showing how a wide variety of animals, from eagles to otters, live there. After the Chernobyl power plant exploded in 1986, causing what is generally regarded as the worst nuclear disaster in history, humans abandoned an area spanning 1,000 square miles north of Kiev, known as the exclusion zone.
Since then, scientists have been fascinated by the animals that might inhabit this desolate pocket of Ukraine bordering Belarus. To study the presence of scavengers specifically, scientists from the University of Georgia tied fish to debris, such as tree branches, in 83 locations along the Pripyat River, and in irrigation canals built by farmers in the early 20th century. Some prehistoric horses were homebodies. Iguanas cold-stunned, but probably not dead. South Florida has seen iguanas proliferate in the past few years with abnormally warm temperatures.
This cold snap may be a rude awakening. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said iguanas can become immobilized or sluggish when temperatures hit between 40 and 50 degrees. Factory Farm Chicken Rounds Out Miserable Existence By Going Bad In Man’s Refrigerator. Indonesian man found dead inside giant python. © Provided by AFP Pythons, which regularly top 20 feet, are commonly found in Indonesia and the Philippines An Indonesian farmer has been discovered inside the belly of a giant python after the swollen snake was caught near where the man vanished while harvesting his crops, an official said Wednesday.
The body of 25-year-old Akbar was found when local people cut open the seven metre (23 foot) python after it was found bloated and slithering awkwardly in the village of Salubiro, on the eastern island of Sulawesi on Monday. Holy Crab! Fearless Australian Poses With Massive Coconut Crab. Radioactive Wild Boars Roam Fukushima, Japan. Thanks to this morning's Boston Globe, we have a new Lead Story in our rapidly expanding file entitled, If It Ain't One Damn Thing, It's Another.
This one, I assure you, goes to the top of the pile and stays there. Hundreds of toxic wild boars have been roaming across northern Japan, where the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant six years ago forced thousands of residents to desert their homes, pets, and livestock. Some animals, like cattle, were left to rot in their pens.
As Japan prepares to lift some evacuation orders on four towns within the more than 12-mile exclusion zone around the Fukushima plant this month, officials are struggling to clear out the contaminated boars. Wild boar meat is a delicacy in northern Japan, but animals slaughtered since the disaster are too contaminated to eat. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Holy mother of god. Log In - New York Times. Bothrops insularis - Wikipedia. Physical morphology Size and appearance On average B. insularis grows to a length of 70 cm (28 in) and is known to reach 118 cm (46 in). The color pattern consists of a pale yellowish-brown ground color, overlaid with a series of dorsal blotches that may be triangular or quadrangular, broad or narrow, and alternating or opposite along the dorsal median.
In captivity, this yellowish color often becomes darker, which may be the result of poor circulation caused by ineffective thermoregulation. A banded pattern results when the pattern is opposite. Photos: This Python Chowed Down on 3 Deer. New evidence that early chimps and bonobos interbred. New DNA analyses show that chimpanzees and bonobos were more than just friends in the past.
Scientists Say Apes Can Predict Human Mistakes. Everybody’s got that one friend who just keeps making terrible choices.
You can see the consequences a mile off; unfortunately, they can’t, and you know it. This concept—that we can anticipate other people’s beliefs or behaviors, even when we know they’re mistaken—seems uniquely human. Now Japanese researchers say apes can do it, too, albeit on a much simpler scale. They published their findings in the journal Science. Giant tortoise. Absurd Creature of the Week: The Mystery of Solenodon, the Mammal That Bites Like a Snake. You’re a mammal, so pat yourself on the back—no, not you, lizard people from outer space posing as high-ranking members of the US government. Mammals have got it made: Fur to keep you warm, milk to nourish your young, relatively big brains to keep you not dumb. What you don’t have, though, is a venomous bite … unless you are in fact a lizard person from outer space. Pitbulls used to be considered the perfect ‘nanny dogs’ for children — until the media turned them into monsters. The Intelligent Life of the City Raccoon - Issue 18: Genius.
Toronto resident Simon Treadwell wheeled a garbage bin onto a snow-bound lot next to his property one evening this past winter. Inside the bin was a smelly mixture of wet and dry cat food, sardines, and fried chicken. Treadwell sprinkled some of the mix on and around the bin, made sure his three motion-activated night vision cameras were on, and went back into his house.
Treadwell was testing a new lid latch he had devised in response to the city of Toronto’s request for proposals: The city needed help keeping raccoons out of people’s garbage. For over a decade, residents had been asked to place organic compostable materials such as vegetables, meat, bones, and even paper towels into green bins. Snake Insistently Plays Dead, Is a Giant Ham About It. Legless geckos slither using skin ridges. Apes can relive their past through ’mental time travel’ Humans are no longer the only animal capable of recalling own experiences from the past. Water Trapped For 1.5 Billion Years Could Hold Ancient Life. This map, from the United States Geological Survey, shows the age of bedrock in different regions of North America. A Different Kind of Smart. How to Raise Backyard Chickens. Long Cloaked in Mystery, Owls Start Coming Into Their Own. 12 Most Amazing Exotic Birds. Fresh Clues In Dinosaur Whodunit Point To Asteroid.
Some 66 million years ago, about 75 percent of species on Earth disappeared. It wasn't just dinosaurs but most large mammals, fish, birds and plankton. Scientists have known this for a long time just from looking at the fossil record. Pitbulls Used to Be Considered the Perfect "Nanny Dogs" for Children. January 30, 2013 | For most of the 114 years since the American pitbull terrier was first recognized by the United Kennel Club, the breed was rightly seen as the perfect “nanny dog” for children because of its friendly nature, loyalty and stability. New world map of animal life. Do dogs see what’s happening on TV? The Fuzzy Face of Climate Change -
Tiger dating: can tigers find love in faeces? Geese All Flying To Andy García's House For Winter. Humans have added new bones to the pig. Undead-End: Fungus That Controls Zombie-Ants Has Own Fungal Stalker. Elephants have 'special alarm call' to warn of bees. Elephant personalities revealed by scientists.