Monday, August 31, 2009

Asiatic Cheetahs

A rare grouping of four adult cheetahs was spotted in Iran's Semnan Province. (News source.)


Deathworm Doc Coming

David Farrier's expedition to Mongolia has returned, and he's working on the documentary. (News source.)

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Colorful Diurnal Moths

Some research here on the colorful dayflying dioptine moths.


Red Wolves

An article noting recent video of red wolves taken in Walton Co., Florida, here. Direct link to video here.


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

More H. Floresiensis Research

Another article: "Hobbits walked out of Africa"


Swinging Glyptodonts

Researchers have discovered that glyptodonts "had a 'sweet spot' on their tails right where the biggest, sharpest spike was situated." (News source.)


Rediscovered Birds

The Tasman booby, thought to be a now extinct species, has turned out to be a subspecies of the living masked booby. (News source.) [Abstract of paper here.]

Beck's petrel has been photographed in the Bismarck Archipelago, near Papua New Guinea. It hadn't been seen since 1929. (News source.)

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Feline Recaps

Notes on the Florida panther that traveled to Georgia before it was shot last year here, and here.

Notes on "black panther" sightings in California here, with photographs of a dark bobcat here.

Notes on Australian "coupan" sightings here.

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Namibian Mystery Predators

In Oshakati, Namibia, villagers have lost livestock to several mysterious "tigers," which they are blaming on "owners" practicing witchcraft. (News source.)

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Searching for Lost Birds

Birdlife International is undergoing a project to determine if 47 critically endangered birds are still around, or if they have become extinct. (News source.)

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Some New Discoveries

A few new invertebrates were discovered "during a cave diving expedition to explore the Tunnel de la Atlantida, the world's longest submarine lava tube on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands..." (News source.)

The "green bomber" is a new marine annelid that casts off glowing green appendages to fool predators. (News source.)

Several interesting fossils, including "stone tools, a remarkably preserved primate skull and the claws, jawbone and other bones of several species of Caribbean sloths" were discovered in an underwater cave in the Dominican Republic. (News source.)

A new pitviper (not rattlesnake, as the news account states) was discovered in Cao Bang province, Vietnam. (News source.)

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Rat-Eating Pitcher Plant

A new large pitcher plant has been discovered in the Philippines. (News source.)

Interestingly, it was first reported by missionaries, which intrigued the botanists and inspired the search for it.

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Brief Hiatus...

Haven't posted in a bit, my computer is in the shop... will resume later this week if all goes well.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Alleged Wolf Probably a Dog

A large canine photographed near Tuscola, TX, was probably just a dog, according to a few game officials. (News source.)


Georgia Panther was from Florida

The young panther killed in Georgia last year was originally from the Florida panther population, according to its DNA. (News source.)

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Indy Cryptofic Film

Don't know much in the way of details, but some info on Serpent Lake, here.

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Sunday, August 02, 2009

New Canadian Fish

A new species of cisco, Coregonus googelii, has been described from Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories. (News source.) (Via Kevin Stewart)

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