McHumba The Female Pygmy Chimpanzee

Scientists discovered that bonobos, also known as pygmy chimpanzees, are actually humans’ closest living ancestor.
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Meet the bonobos. This rare great ape species is the closest living ancestor of humans, even closer to us than the common chimpanzee.
According to a report from George Washington University, a new study compared the anatomy of humans, common chimpanzees and bonobos for the first time. The team discovered that the closest living ancestor of humans are actually bonobos, previously known as pygmy chimpanzees.
Modern humans and the lineages of the common chimpanzee and the bonobo split up around two million years ago. Eventually, the two great ape species evolved separately, developing different traits and physical characteristics.
The researchers of this recent study analyzed the muscles of seven preserved bon… Read more

Three Subspecies of Snow Leopard Revealed

There are three different subspecies of the snow leopard ( Panthera uncia ), the world’s most elusive large big cat, according to a new study published in the Journal of Heredity .

According to Janecka et al , the snow leopard ( Panthera uncia ) is actually three different subspecies. Image credit: Dingopup / The Cat Survival Trust / CC BY-SA 3.0.
The snow leopard is most closely related to the tiger ( Panthera tigris ), having diverged over 2 million years ago.
It inhabits a vast area of 0.6 million sq.miles (1.6 million sq.km) across 12 countries in Asia.
It is a high-altitude animal that occupies mountains primarily between 0.9 and 2.8 miles (1.5-4.5 km), with confirmed sightings to 3.7 miles (6 km) in the Himalayas. This region is characterized by low oxygen levels, temperature extremes, aridity, low pro… Read more

Oryx

Conservation experts worked over the last few decades to reintroduce the lost oryx species back to the environment.
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Good news is rare in the world of endangered animals, but here’s one: the once-extinct scimitar-horned oryx ( Oryx dammah ) has made a comeback in the wild in 2017.
According to a report from EnviroNews, 14 oryx from captive breeding programs were just reintroduced to the wild in a game reserve in Chad. The animals joined 21 others who were released back in August 2016. Twenty-five more individual oryx are set to be released in the coming July.
Five thousand years ago, the oryx population was up to one million. One century ago, hundreds of thousands still existed in the wild. By the time the year 2000 rolled around, the species have been declared extinct in the wild by the International Union for the Conservation… Read more

Wildlife At The Hampstead Heath Birding Pond

Paragould Police Detective Jack Hailey and other officers quickly responded after they were informed about the serpent sighting. Based on their investigation, it seemed the snakes were dropped on purpose.
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An unidentified perpetrator has dropped a ball of about 40 snakes in the parking lot of Walmart at Paragould, Arkansas.
According to the United Press International, Paragould Police Detective Jack Hailey and other officers quickly responded after they were informed about the serpent sighting. Based on their investigation, it seemed the snakes were dropped on purpose.
«They were either herding the snakes when they were frog gigging or something,» Hailey told ABC 8.   «Either way, they were collecting them for this reason and I don’t think that was the best thing to do at all. Especially, those out there with a phobia.»
People who have seen the snak… Read more

Beaver

Beavers are amazing creatures, and apparently cattle think so too!
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Ranchers in Canada were shocked upon seeing a non-plussed beaver leading the trail for a herd of 150 curious heifers.
According to a report from CBC News Saskatoon , Adrienne Ivey and her husband spotted their cattle crowded around a beaver before trudging after it as it wandered through one of their pastures.
Ivey believes that the beaver was trying to look for a spot to build a new beaver lodge. The heifers, curious about this new animal, approached him cautiously and kept a three-foot distance between them and the smaller mammal. The Saskatchewan rancher said that heifers are naturally very inquisitive creatures.
«They’re a curious bunch,» she described. “They«re kind of like teenagers. And I think they were following this thing around because they couldn»t figure out what t… Read more

barn owl

A Barn Owl is held during London Zoo«s annual stocktake of animals on January 3, 2013 in London, England. The zoo»s stocktake takes place annually, and gives keepers a chance to check on the numbers of every one of the animals from stick insects and frogs to tigers and camels.
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Police in Texas have found an abandoned box filled with baby owls at the City Lake Park in Texas.  City of Kaufman Police Department posted on Facebook images of the poor, adorable creatures.
According to the United Press International, the birds were immediately taken to Rogers Wildlife Rehab Center. They were then transferred to the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center, the only state and federally licensed raptor rehabilitation and conservation center in North Texas.
Rogers Wildlife Rehab Center director Kathy Rogers told KXAS-TV (NBC5) that the baby owls, estimated to be two wee… Read more

Dog Cage

In many states, abandoning an animal is a criminal offense. However, most only offer misdemeanor charges that include fines and short period of imprisonment.
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Kurt Hafner, an Army staff sergeant at Fort Jackson, was arrested after carcasses of 24 dead animals were found inside his apartment in northeast Richland. He was charged with 24 counts of ill treatment to animals.
According to The State, the carcasses were found when Hafner was being evicted in his house, which was described by the police as filthy — the floors were covered with feces, garbage and Hafner«s belongings.  Investigator Joseph Clarke said it is the worst animal cruelty case he»s ever seen.
«This home was in disarray, to say the least,» Clarke told  WISTV. “There was a lot of fecal matter from the K — 9 that we found deceased. There was personal papers, residual ammunition and personal… Read more

Lungs Play Previously Unknown Role in Blood Production

Using video microscopy in a living mouse lung, a team of researchers at the Universities of California, San Francisco (UCSF) & Los Angeles (UCLA), has revealed that the lungs play a previously unrecognized role in blood production.

Visualization of resident megakaryocytes in the lungs. Image credit: Emma Lefrançais et al , doi: 10.1038/nature21706.
The team, headed by UCSF Professor Mark R. Looney, found that the lungs produced more than half of the platelets — blood components required for the clotting that stanches bleeding — in the mouse circulation.
In another finding, the team also identified a previously unknown pool of blood stem cells capable of restoring blood production when the stem cells of the bone marrow, previously thought to be the principal site of blood production, are depleted. Read more

‘Laughter’ is Catching in New Zealand’s Kea Parrots

The kea ( Nestor notabilis ) — a large species of parrot endemic to the Southern Alps of New Zealand — has become the first non-mammal to show signs of ‘emotionally contagious’ vocalization.

Specific calls of playing kea trigger playful emotions in other, non-playing birds, just as laughter does for us. Image credit: Raoul Schwing, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna.
When people are feeling playful, they giggle and laugh, making others around them want to laugh and play too.
A team of scientists led by Dr. Raoul Schwing, a researcher at the Messerli Research Institute at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria, found that the particularly playful kea parrot has ‘play calls’ with a similarly powerful influence.
“We were able to use a playback of these calls to show that it animates k… Read more

Study: Endogenous Retroviruses in Genome Important for Human Brain

About 8% of the human genome is composed of endogenous retroviruses. According to a new study published in the journal Cell Reports , these retroviruses may have played a significant role in the development of the human brain as well as in various neurological diseases, such as ALS, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Brattas et al . report that ERVs are bound by TRIM28 in human neural progenitor cells. This results in the establishment of local heterochromatin that affects nearby gene expression, suggesting a role for ERVs in the control of transcriptional networks in the developing human brain. Interestingly, ERVs bound by TRIM28 are mostly enriched for elements that integrated around 35–55 million years ago, thus not binding to the most recent ERVs as well as ancient elements. Image credit: Per L… Read more

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