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Headlines added December 2, 2008

Study on wildlife corridors shows how they work over time
At the Savannah River Site in South Carolina, there are five strange looking "patches" cleared out of the surrounding forest. No, they're not crop circles carved by aliens. They're actually budding longleaf pine forest ecosystems. Biologists at Washington University in St. Louis and collaborators at three other American universities have created these ecological patches with the help of the United States Forest Service-Savannah River to understand whether "corridors" help plants and animals survive habitat fragmentation. 12/2/08
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Video: "Vampire Birds" of the Galapagos Islands
National Geographic News
Harmless-looking birds on the Galįpagos Islands have developed a surprising technique for surviving the dry season—drinking the blood of other, larger birds. Watch the "vampire birds" in action. 2/10/2006
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"Lost World" teems with new life forms -- multiple news sources
   Scientists Find 'Lost World' in Indonesia (AP)

Robin McDowell | Yahoo! News
AP - Soon after scientists landed by helicopter in the mist-shrouded mountains of one of Indonesia's most remote provinces, they stumbled on a primitive egg-laying mammal that simply allowed itself to be picked up and brought to their field camp.   2/8/2006
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   "Lost World" Found in Indonesia Is Trove of New Species
Stefan Lovgren | National Geographic News
Deep in a South Pacific island jungle, explorers have uncovered an Eden thriving with unknown kangaroos, birds, bugs, and more, the scientists announced today.  Photo Gallery: See the Newly Discovered Animals 2/9/2006
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   Scientists discover dozens of new species in 'Lost World' of western New Guinea
Conservation International | EurekAlert!
An expedition to one of Asia's most isolated jungles - in the mist-shrouded Foja Mountains of western New Guinea - discovered a virtual ''Lost World" of new species, giant flowers, and rare wildlife that was unafraid of humans. The December 2005 trip by a team of US, Indonesian, and Australian scientists found dozens of new species including frogs, butterflies, and the first new bird from the island of New Guinea in more than 60 years. 2/6/2006
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   Science team finds 'lost world'
BBC News
A team of scientists says it has discovered a "lost world" in an Indonesian jungle, home to dozens of new species. 2/7/2006
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Food scarcity is hitting sparrows
BBC News
The decline of the house sparrow, one of Britain's best known birds, could be down to a lack of insects in summer. 2/9/2006
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Evolution mystery: Spider venom and bacteria share same toxin
Lewis & Clark College | EurekAlert!
Researchers find evidence for ancient transfer of a toxin between ancestors of two very dissimilar organisms -- spiders and a bacterium. 1/31/2006
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New Animal Species Found in Calif. Caves (AP)
Yahoo! News
AP - Spiders, centipedes and scorpion-like critters are among the 27 new animal species that biologists have discovered in the dark, damp caves of two Central California national parks, officials announced Tuesday.
The finds were made during a three-year study of 30 caves in Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks. Many of the creatures live only in caves — and some only in one particular cave of Sequoia and Kings Canyon, according to the study, conducted by park staff and biologists from Austin, Texas-based Zara Environmental .
"We thought we might find a handful of new species," said Joel Despain, cave specialist for the parks. "It was amazing to find 27."    1/18/2006
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Insight into mystery of antlers
BBC News
Stem cells play a key role in the deer's remarkable ability to grow new antlers, according to research. 

The deer is unique among mammals in being able to regenerate a complete body part - in this case a set of bone antlers covered in velvety skin.
Experts at the Royal Veterinary College hope the work could one day lead to new ways to repair damaged human tissues.   
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Study reveals classic symbiotic relationship between ants, bacteria       1/4/2006   Read whole story

Video: Frilled Lizard on the Run    12/31/2005   See Video


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