Saturday, March 20, 2010

Just a Little Odd

Just some interesting news recently:

A Goliath beetle specimen in a museum had strange round holes, recently recognized as shotgun pellets. The original collector must have caught it on the wing. (News source.)

Interesting article on unconfirmed Knysna (South Africa) elephants here.

More Homo floresiensis news here, and here.

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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Giant Elephant Fossil

Researchers have dug up an enormous elephant fossil from a sand quarry in East Java.

"'It is one of the most complete elephant skeletons recovered in Indonesia,' Dr van den Bergh said in a statement.

"'(It) is of an extinct species and is of enormous size - much bigger than modern-day Asian elephants, with a femur alone being 1.2 metres long.'" (News source.)

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Pink Elephant

A probable albino elephant calf in Botswana is getting attention... (News source.)

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Friday, April 18, 2008

Bornean Elephants May Be From Java

A new paper supports the theory that the pygmy elephants found on Borneo originated in Java, and were introduced by an early sultan. (News source.)

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Elephant Missing

Raja Gaj, the world's largest Asian elephant, has been missing in Nepal's Royal Bardia National Park for a year. There are concerns poachers may have killed him. (News source.)

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Electrocuted

Six Asian elephants (in a herd of 40) got drunk on rice wine fermenting in a farmers' hut, went berserk, and uprooted utility poles, electrocuting themselves. (News source.)

Five Asiatic lions in western India were killed by electric fences surrounding crops near a wildlife sanctuary. (News source.)

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Speak to the Toes

Stanford University researchers have discovered that elephants receive ground signals (low-frequency vocalizations) through their toes. From the news:

"In close quarters, those floppy ears work just fine. To reach elephants miles away, the low-frequency vibrations channel through soil, and clay represents the more reliable long-distance service.
"The 'listening' elephant catches the vibrations with its toes, behind which lie pads of acoustically sensitive fat. Similar tissue is in the heels of the elephant's feet and in its trunk, which augment the toe sensors. The vibrations speed along bones to the elephant's middle ear. They are processed in the auditory cortex area of the brain, just like regular sound."

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