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500-Year-Old Clam Accidentally Killed by Scientists

500-Year-Old Clam Accidentally Killed by Scientists

It has been revealed that a 500-year-old clam was killed mistakenly by scientists after it was taken by them for additional research. It happened after a field trip that was conducted by the School of Ocean Sciences in 2006, which helped scientists figure out the age of the clam.

The research was part of a project to gain insight into climate changes over the last 1,000 years. According to reports of USA Today, the creature was alive until the day researchers cracked its shell open for research purposes. But the clam was found dead after that.

Stockpiled Ivory Destroyed to Highlight Increasing Slaughter Cases

Stockpiled Ivory Destroyed to Highlight Increasing Slaughter Cases

A number of advocacy groups have put forth some startling revelations. As per them, over 30,000 elephants are killed for their tusks and that too every year.

Since 2007, the illegal trade of ivory has increased by double. If it comes to place, which is biggest market for ivory then China has to be the one. In China, keeping ivory is considered to a sign of wealth.

Oldest Big Cat Fossil Found in Himalayas

Oldest Big Cat Fossil Found in Himalayas

The oldest fossil of big cat that is `similar to a snow leopard' has been discovered in the Himalayas. The fossil has been named as Panthera blytheae. The parts of head have been found to be 4.1 and 5.95 million years old. The complete skull is about 4.4 million years of age.

The Pantherinae subfamily consists of lions, jaguars, tigers, leopards, snow leopards, and clouded leopards.

The unearthing in Tibet favors the hypothesis that big cats grew in central Asia, not Africa.

Hyena’s Anal Secretion Acts as Natural Social Network: Study

Hyena’s Anal Secretion Acts as Natural Social Network: Study

A research has taken place in which it has been unveiled that hyenas' anal secretions contain bacteria that act as a message for other hyenas.

The research has been carried out by a group of researchers from Michigan State University. As per the same, it has been unveiled that the pongy bacteria left through the secretions of hyenas emit foul smell.

The secretion can be found on trees, plants and grass, said study researchers. After smelling the signals, hyenas interpret the messages and spread the same among other animals, affirmed Prof Kevin Theis.

New Less Venomous Scorpion Species Discovered in Turkey

New Less Venomous Scorpion Species Discovered in Turkey

According to a latest report, the scientists have discovered a new species of scorpions, which were once sighted in the area of ancient Lycia. The researchers described these new species as Euscorpius lycius.

Also, these scorpions are commonly known as wood-scorpion, in the regions of the Mugla and Antalya Provinces in Southwestern Turkey.

According to the scientists, with this new discovery, the total known species of the scorpions in the country have risen to the number five.

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New Hammerhead Shark Species Discovered Along the Coast of South Carolina

New Hammerhead Shark Species Discovered Along the Coast of South Carolina

According to a latest research, a team of researchers discovered a new species of hammerhead shark. They have found this species along the coast of South Carolina.

The sources have revealed that this new species looks almost identical to the scalloped hammerhead. But this species is very different genetically as it consists of about 10 fewer vertebrae, which are also known as the segments of backbone.

Sturgeon Bay’s Water Sample Test Found Positive for Asian carp DNA

Sturgeon Bay’s Water Sample Test Found Positive for Asian carp DNA

Water sample test has been done of Lake Michigan's Sturgeon Bay in Wisconsin. Its test report has found to be positive for DNA of Asian carp.

It has happened for the second time that the test has been found to be positive for the DNA of the Asian carp in Lake Michigan in past few years. Though the test has come out to be positive, it has not been unveiled that whether the genetic material was of live fish or not.

Mammals shrink as world sees temperature rise

Mammals shrink as world sees temperature rise

Palaeontologists have uncovered new confirmation that species have a tendency to therapist throughout times of arresting warming. A hotter planet could be a more modest planet if the confirmation of the past is any aide.

Specialists have more than once watched that tribal primates, stallions and deer dwindled throughout a hot spell called the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, 55 million years prior.

Scientists Discover Novel Dolphin Species off Australia

Scientists Discover Novel Dolphin Species off Australia

A humpback dolphin has been found by the researchers near the northern coast of Australia. Scientists were engaged in another mission with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), when they found a dolphin hiding itself in a plain sight.

Howard Rosenbaum, director of the WCS ocean giants program, said that a debate has been continuing from past many years, regarding the number of humpback dolphins. He said that many features of two to four species were proposed by the scientists in the group, but no good claims were being given by them for more than two species.

More-than-Ever Info Collected on Flying Fox, Reveals Report

More-than-Ever Info Collected on Flying Fox, Reveals Report

The least-studied bat species has this time been analyzed and understood in a thorough manner. The research has got published in the animal science journal Zookeys.

It has been revealed that the flying fox of Mortlock Island is a large bat, which loves eating fruits. The bat found native to some remote, small Pacific islands, has got its name removed from the list of Earth's least-understood species.

It was a single specimen safeguarded in an alcohol jar at London's Natural History Museum that kept scientists' hopes alive that the bat existed somewhere.

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