Sunday, 13 April 2014

The fish that proves Evolution?



The Real Darwin Fish
By Chris Mooney
We all know the Darwin fish, the car-bumper send-up of the Christian ichthys symbol, or Jesus fish. Unlike the Christian symbol, the Darwin fish has, you know, legs.But the Darwin fish isn't merely a clever joke; in effect, it contains a testable scientific prediction. If evolution is true, and if life on Earth originated in water, then there must have once been fish species possessing primitive limbs, which enabled them to spend some part of their lives on land. And these species, in turn, must be the ancestors of four-limbed, land-living vertebrates like us.Sure enough, in 2004, scientists found one of those transitional species: Tiktaalik roseae, a 375-million-year-old Devonian period specimen discovered in the Canadian Arctic by paleontologist Neil Shubin and his colleagues. Tiktaalik, explains Shubin on the latest episode of the Inquiring Minds podcast, is an "anatomical mix between fish and a land-living animal."

Read rest see pics here: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/climate_desk/2014/04/your_inner_fish_book_and_pbs_documentary_on_tiktaalik_and_neil_shubin.html

Thursday, 10 April 2014

wolves return after a 100 years.



Czech Republic: Wolves return after a century absence
By News from Elsewhere...
A hidden camera has captured an image of a wolf crossing a wooded clearing in the Czech Republic, a hundred years after the predator disappeared from the area, it's been reported. There have been some signs near the town of Doksy suggesting a wolf may be in the region, Radio Prague reports. But wolves haven't roamed free in Bohemia since the late 19th Century. The wolf spotted in the woods of Czech Bohemia The wolf was not aware of the hidden camera. Right now, there is probably just one wolf or maybe a pair, says environmental expert Miroslav Kutal. The animal is likely to have strayed into Bohemia from the border regions of Germany and Poland, where the wolf population has been thriving

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

world largest croc? rare footage of oar fish and rare bird found



 just a quick round up of  creature news.

Is Uganda’s notorious crocodile the world’s largest?

Rare footage of oar fish

Rare blackthroated blue robins spotted in China
By Matt Walker. Read rest see pic here :http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/26851727

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Chemicals foul Lake Ontario, will they affect the dragon of the lake?



Chemicals foul Lake Ontario by air and wastewater
Toxins near Toronto not being diluted by the massive lake any more, study says

Was does this mean for the dragon of lake Ontario?

Thursday, 27 March 2014

latest ancient discoveries of giant creatures



Ancient 'shrimp' was the blue whale of the Cambrian
A BIG shrimp-like animal is the oldest known swimmer that sieved food out of the water, like today's krill and baleen whales.
By half a billion years ago, there were passive filter feeders like sponges sitting on the ocean floor. But palaeontologists thought that swimming filter feeders didn't arise for another 160 million years



Turtle bone found in 1800s had been missing its other half -- till now
by Deborah Netburn
Two halves of the same turtle's arm bone were discovered almost 200 years apart, according to a new study. A fossil miracle? Totally.
"When two pieces of a fossil fit together, they fit perfectly like a puzzle piece," said Jason Schein, an assistant curator of natural history at the New Jersey State Museum, who was in the room when the two bone halves were first reunited. "We were just kind of dumbfounded."
You can see pictures of the two halves in the gallery above, as well as an artist's rendering of the giant sea turtle (with a human diver for scale).

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Scientists find new four-eyed fish species



Eye boggling! Scientists find new four-eyed fish species in waters off Australia
    The Daily Telegraph
IT LOOKS like an alien, but this newly discovered four-eyed fish is baffling scientists after being found in waters off Australia. 

With its 360 degree vision, the glasshead barreleye has evolved with extra eyes to help detect prey, potential mates and predators.It was found by excited researchers at the University of Tubingen’s Institute of Anatomy in Germany in the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand.Also known as Rhynchohyalus natalensis, it lives at depths of between 2,600ft (800 metres) and 3,300ft (1,000 metres).