Monday, 11 June 2012

Wildlife stuff from the week 4-10/6/12

Aircraft hit birds, kangaroos, even turtles in Australia
An Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) report noted that more than 1,750 bird strikes occurred in 2011, mostly involving "high capacity" aircraft which have more than 38 seats, compared with 780 in 2002

After BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster, the population of on-shore ecosystems changed dramatically, from being highly diverse, to being dominated by fungal species that were able to process the fossil-oil pollution.

Palm Oil plantations are threatening species in South America too - including these, first-ever-photographed Jaguars in Colombia

The brightness of colourful (and predated) animals, specifically ladybirds(ladybugs) in this case, has been identified as directly correlating with their distastefulness (poisonous content).

Baby gorillas learn gorilla language using a similar stage of infant baby-talk

Birds that live higher up mountains have grown larger hippocampuses so that they can more easily remember where they left their seeds

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