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Policy Limits Endangered Species Act Prosecutions - latimes Suspects in the killings of some of the nation's most imperiled animals are escaping prosecution under the federal Endangered Species Act because of a Justice Department policy that some federal wildlife officials call a significant loophole in the law. The policy requires that prosecutors show that a suspect knew an animal's biological identity -- for instance, that the animal was a grizzly bear and not the more common black bear. The rule was adopted by the Clinton administration in 1998 but received little attention at the time. It has received more notice recently because of the prosecution of a hunter who shot a California condor this year during a pig hunt near Bakersfield. Britton Cole Lewis, 29, of Tehachapi pleaded guilty last month and is scheduled to be sentenced in August.

Evolution: Education and Outreach - Free Access Available As of January 2013 Evolution: Education & Outreach is a peer-reviewed open access journal published under the brand SpringerOpen. From 2013 onward all new articles published in the journal are freely and permanently available online for anyone, anywhere and at any time. This journal promotes accurate understanding and comprehensive teaching of evolutionary theory for a wide audience. Evolution: Education and Outreach addresses the question of why we should care about evolution by exploring the practical applications of evolutionary principles in daily life and the impact of evolutionary theory on culture and society throughout history. Targeting K-16 students, teachers and scientists alike, the journal presents articles to aid members of these communities in the teaching of evolutionary theory. It connects teachers with scientists by adapting cutting-edge, peer reviewed articles for classroom use on varied instructional levels.

NEPC 2015: Dung Beetles - NEPC Grazing Guide Northeast Pasture Research and Extension Consortium Waterfront Place Conference Center, Morgantown, WV March 11-12, 2015 Download this session as PDF On Thursday, March 12, the last technical session, Dung Beetles - Their usefulness in the pasture ecosystem and what affects their populations, began at 8:00 AM. Dr. Thomas Griggs, Assistant Professor of Forage and Grassland Agronomy, West Virginia University, Morgantown was session moderator. Dr. 22 Fascinating Facts About Wolves Things you probably didn't know about the most amazing animal of Planet Earth - Wolves 1- In order for a new wolf cub to urinate, its mother has to massage its belly with her warm tongue. 2- The earliest drawings of wolves are in caves in southern Europe and date from 20,000 B.C.

Free conservation biology textbook: Conservation Biology for All Oxford University Press makes conservation biology textbook by some of the world's most prominent ecologists and conservation biologists available as free download Conservation Biology for All provides cutting-edge but basic conservation science to a global readership. A series of authoritative chapters have been written by the top names in conservation biology with the principal aim of disseminating cutting-edge conservation knowledge as widely as possible.

researchers use crowdfunding for Mexican wolf tracking experiments Date: 02/02/2015 Writer: Isabel A. Rodriguez, 575-646-7066, idarling@nmsu.edu Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Timeline: The evolution of life - life - 14 July 2009 Read full article Continue reading page |1|2|3|4 There are all sorts of ways to reconstruct the history of life on Earth. Pinning down when specific events occurred is often tricky, though. For this, biologists depend mainly on dating the rocks in which fossils are found, and by looking at the "molecular clocks" in the DNA of living organisms.

Alaska’s Wolves Face Catastrophe Southeast Alaska’s isolated wolf population has declined by 60 percent in just one year, dropping from an estimated 221 individuals in 2013 to 89 wolves in 2014, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Those numbers are already outdated. Another 29 wolves were reportedly killed in the 2014–2015 hunting and trapping season. Celebrating 50,000 Generations of the Long Term Lines Front row: Ryan Quick, Chris Strelloff, and Brian Baer Standing: Justin Meyer, Jeff Barrick, Christian Orlic, James Dittmar, RohanMaddamsetti, Caroline Turner, Brian Wade, Mike Wiser, Neerja Hajela, Richard Lenski, Devin Dobias In Back: Zachary Blount Drawn by Zachary Blount John Harrigan: Why hate the coyote but worship the wolf? On a morning enveloped by fog, or maybe a low-flying cloud, I could see no farther than the pasture across the road. The dog, Millie, perhaps the most spoiled dog north of the notches, had to go out, and I followed for her protection. These days, with two coyote families all around, hungry from winter, I stay with her, particularly at the edges of dawn and dusk.

The Greatest Threat to Wolves Isn’t Guns and Traps, but Pens and Politics Conservationist Bob Ferris once remarked, “Wolves are very resourceful. All they need to survive is for people not to shoot them.” If I were to amend that statement at all, it would be to add that wolves also need for politicians not to meddle with the law that protects them from being shot at in the first place. This week a House of Representatives appropriations committee released a bill to fund the government, slipping in a policy “rider” that would strip Endangered Species Act protections from wolves in Wyoming, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The motivations for this action are purely political, ignoring two separate federal judges who found that these states’ wolf management plans did not adequately protect wolves within their borders. The wording of the rider further specifies that this legislation to strip wolves’ protections would not be subject to judicial review.

570-Million-Year-Old Fossils Hint at Origins of Animal Kingdom New research suggests that fossils thought to represent some of the earliest multicellular life are instead single-celled, amoeba-like organisms. But even if they’re not quite full-blown animals, they may hint at how animals came into being. The 570-million-year-old Doushanto formation, first unearthed in South China in 1998, contains tiny clusters of cells that look similar to animal embryos. During the embryo stage of life, cells become organized into tissues and organs, one of the hallmarks of all animal species.

Some Unsolicited Advice for George R. R. Martin: Watch the Wolves Anyone who has watched even one episode of Game of Thrones knows that the show features dastardly villains, allegiances that change with the weather, political and literal back-stabbings, deeply unsettling familial relationships, and stunningly frequent killings of fan-favorite characters. In a word, it is awesome. But judging by the outcry from many longtime watchers of the series after the bloody and hopeless Season 5 finale this week, George R. Neanderthals, Humans Interbred—First Solid DNA Evidence The next time you're tempted to call some oaf a Neanderthal, you might want to take a look in the mirror. According to a new DNA study, most humans have a little Neanderthal in them—at least 1 to 4 percent of a person's genetic makeup. The study uncovered the first solid genetic evidence that "modern" humans—or Homo sapiens—interbred with their Neanderthal neighbors, who mysteriously died out about 30,000 years ago. What's more, the Neanderthal-modern human mating apparently took place in the Middle East, shortly after modern humans had left Africa, not in Europe—as has long been suspected. "We can now say that, in all probability, there was gene flow from Neanderthals to modern humans," lead study author Ed Green of the University of California, Santa Cruz, said in a prepared statement. "They've finally seen the light ... because it's been obvious to many us that this happened," said Trinkaus, of Washington University in St.

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