Scientists plan to clone Brazil’s endangered species

Black Lion Tamarin, the most endangered of the eight species in Brazil

Scientists in Brazil want to expand a mass effort to clone the populations of eight endangered species.  The Basilia Zoological Garden, along with Embrapa, the government’s agricultural research agency are spearheading the project.

 

 

 

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Android app locates endangered species wherever you are

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Once they are gone, they are gone.

This is one of those cool-yet-terribly-sad-it-exists apps. The Center for Biological Diversity has created an app for Android users that will tell you exactly which endangered species are living in the area you’re standing in. On the one hand, it’s amazing to know at any point in time which species are living in the area you’re walking though, and especially interesting to know which endangered species are struggling to survive. It could be a way to stay aware of local ecology and how you can help with conservation efforts. However, it’s of course a bummer that there’s an app that will tell you all the species that are thiiiiis close to being found only in history books.

The free “Species Finder” Android app has over 1,000 plants and animals from the endangered species list in its database. Using your smartphone’s GPS, the app generates a list of all the threatened and endangered species living in whichever county you’re currently located in.

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Chinese Scientist Exploring Cloning to Save the Endangered Giant Panda

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The Giant Panda is the world’s most endangered species. 

China has been exploring every possible means of saving giant pandas, one of the world’s most endangered species, from becoming extinct, even if it means resorting to cloning them.   Chen Dayuan, a senior scientist who specializes in cloning at the institute of zoology in the Chinese Academy of Sciences, introduced the idea of performing cloning techniques on giant pandas in 1998.

 

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First Neotropical Rainforest Was Home Of The Titanoboa — World’s Biggest Snake

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Plant megafossils from Cerrejon coal mine in Colombia look much like modern rainforest plants.

Smithsonian researchers working in Colombia’s Cerrejón coal mine have unearthed the first megafossil evidence of a neotropical rainforest. Titanoboa, the world’s biggest snake, lived in this forest 58 million years ago at temperatures 3-5 C warmer than in rainforests today, indicating that rainforests flourished during warm periods. Continue reading… “First Neotropical Rainforest Was Home Of The Titanoboa — World’s Biggest Snake”