The Rate of Extinction: 3 Species per Hour About 6 waves of massive extinction are known in the history of the Earth. The last one wiped out the dinosaur world 65 million years ago and was probably due to a meteorite collision. But the recent one has no natural causes. It is man made and rampant, eliminating three animal or plant species every hour. Scientists and environmentalists issued reports about threats to creatures and plants including right whales, Iberian lynxes, wild potatoes and even wild peanuts. Experts gathered on May 22, at the International Day for Biological Diversity, a report on the threatened species from whales and Iberian lynxes to wild potatoes and wild peanuts.
The Learning Zone: Extinct & Endangered Museums are probably the only places you can see extinct animals and often the only places you can see some endangered animals. Although we prefer animals to be left in the wild today, scientists can use the information they gain from museum collections to understand more about the animals still in the wild. Select one of the links below to find out more about animals in the Museum. Dodo Coelacanth Thylacine Blue whale Golden toad Giant panda Passenger pigeon Schaus' swallowtail Animal Facts Learn interesting facts about animals, a group of living organisms that includes amphibians, birds, fishes, invertebrates, mammals and reptiles. There are millions of species of animals alive today. The articles listed here provide facts about animals including their characteristics, classification and evolution. Select from the links below for facts about each animal group:
Biome - humans, examples, body, water, process, Earth, life, plants, type, characteristics, form, animals, system, parts, plant, waves, surface, part Photo by: Thomas Pozzo di Borgo A biome is an ecosystem containing plant and animal species that are characteristic to a specific geographic region. (An ecosystem is the community of plants and animals in an area considered together with their environment.) The nature of a biome is determined primarily by climate, including a region's annual average temperature and amount of rainfall. Top Ten: Komodo Dragon Facts Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Reptilia Order: Squamata Family: Varanidae Species: Varanus komodoensis The Komodo dragon was considered a mythological creature by the western world right, up until 1912. In 1910, after hearing about these "land crocodiles", Lieutenant van Steyn van Hensbroek of the Dutch colonial administration in Indonesia, went in search of the Komodo.
Top 10 Most Endangered Animals in the World We all heard it: we need to save our Mother Earth. But despite this loud cry made by environmentalists and large animal rights organizations, there are still animals that are in danger of becoming extinct — forever. The general apathy of people is contributing to this fast disappearing of animals while greed is driving people to destroy the natural habitats of these animals. NetVet Veterinary Resources / Electronic Zoo Animal Species Text and Non-Netscape Browsers, [Start Here] Select a Species from the Pick List, the Image Map above, or the Menu below. Return to:
Biome - Palaeos.org From Palaeos.org The biome is a major terrestrial assemblage of plants, animals, and microorganisms that has a characteristic appearance and occurs over large geographical areas on the earth's surface. Biomes are largely determined by combination of temperature (in term determined by latitude) and rainfall. Komodo Dragon Facts for Kids Komodo dragons are one of the most interesting creatures that walk on land. Although named dragon, they share little similarities with these mythical creatures. In fact, these animals are the biggest living lizards in the world.
Amur leopard cub is born in Germany The birth of an Amur leopard cub at Germany's Leipzig Zoo is huge news for her species, which is critically endangered. The cub, a female who hasn't yet been named, was born at the zoo in late June. Amur leopards, native to eastern Russia, parts of China and the Korean Peninsula, have been driven nearly to extinction, primarily as a result of habitat loss and fragmentation. In a period of less than 15 years during the 1970s and '80s, about 80% of its Russian habitat was lost. National Marine Mammal Laboratory The National Marine Mammal Laboratory (NMML) conducts research on marine mammals important to the mission of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with particular attention to issues related to marine mammals off the coasts of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California. Research projects focus on ecology and behavior, population dynamics, life history, and status and trends. Information is provided to various domestic and international organizations to assist in developing rational and appropriate management regimes for marine resources under NOAA's jurisdiction.
Biome Different biomes Ecoregions are grouped into both biomes and ecozones. A fundamental classification of biomes are: Terrestrial (land) biomesAquatic biomes (including freshwater biomes and marine biomes) Komodo Dragon facts and information Komodo dragons are the heaviest lizards on Earth that have long, flat heads with rounded snouts, scaly skin, bowed legs, and huge, muscular tails. They are the dominant predators on the land where they live and they will eat almost anything, including carrion, deer, pigs, smaller dragons, water buffalo and even humans. When hunting, Komodo dragons use their powerful legs, sharp claws and serrated, shark-like teeth to damage its prey in minutes. Even if you escape the bite of the dragon, you will not be saved. Dragon saliva has over 50 strains of deadly bacteria, and within 24 hours, the stricken creature usually dies of blood poisoning.
Saola Caught in Asia 16 September 2010Last updated at 14:59 By Katia Moskvitch Science reporter, BBC News There may only be a few dozen of Saola left in the wild An extremely rare animal known as the "Asian unicorn" - in spite of having two horns - has been caught by villagers in Laos. No biologist has ever reported seeing the rare Saola in the wild and there are none of them in captivity.