Archive for June 23rd, 2017:

Volcanoes ‘triggered dawn of dinosaurs’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Scientists say intense eruptions took place 200 million years ago A million-year-long period of extreme volcanic activity most likely paved the way for the dawn of the dinosaurs, a study suggests. Scientists have analysed ancient rocks and have found traces of emissions from huge volcanic eruptions that happened

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Whale body size warning for species collapses

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Sperm whales showed the biggest declines in body size from 1905 to 1985 The shrinking size of whales over the 20th Century could help scientists detect when wildlife populations are in trouble, a study suggests. The analysis shows that the average body size of four whale species declined

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Watched chimps change their hunting habits

Media captionNew insight into development of chimp hunting habits Chimpanzees in Uganda may have changed their hunting strategy in response to being watched by scientists. While studying the animals, researchers documented very different hunting habits of two closely neighbouring chimp “tribes”. “Sonso” chimps hunt in small groups for colobus monkeys, while those from the “Waibira”

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