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Feathered polar dinosaurs discovery in Australia

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:
https://youtu.be/aOeFRg_1_Yg This 2017 video says about itself: Over the past 20 years, dinosaurs of all types and sizes have been found with some sort of fluff or even full-on plumage. These fuzzy discoveries have raised a whole batch of new questions so we’re here to tell you everything we know about dinosaurs and feathers. From Uppsala University in Sweden: First evidence of feathered polar dinosaurs found in Australia November 12, 2019 A cache of 118 million-year-old fossilized dinosaur and bird feathers has been recovered from an ancient lake deposit that once lay beyond the southern polar circle. Feathered dinosaur fossils are famous, but known from a handful of localities worldwide. Examples from the Southern Hemisphere are especially rare, and mainly include only isolated feathers. An international team of scientists has analyzed a collection of 10 such fossil feathers found in Australia, which reveal an unexpected diversity of tufted hair-like ‘proto-feathers’ from meat-eating dinosaurs, together with downy body feathers, and wing feathers from primitive birds that would have been used for flight. Uniquely, the fossil feathers from Australia were all entombed in fine muddy sediments that accumulated at the bottom of a shallow lake close to the South Pole during the Age of Dinosaurs. “Dinosaur skeletons and even the fragile bones of early birds have been found at ancient high-latitudes before. Yet, to date, no directly attributable integumentary remains have been discovered to show…

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North America Has Lost 3 Billion Birds, Scientists Say

Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game:
LISTEN·2:522:52PLAYLIST DOWNLOAD EMBED ” /> Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email September 19, 20192:01 PM ET Heard on All Things Considered NELL GREENFIELDBOYCE Migrating shorebirds at Kimbles Beach, N.J. Researchers estimate that the population of North American shorebirds alone has fallen by more than a third since 1970. Jacqueline Larma/AP https://www.npr.org/2019/09/19/762090471/north-america-has-lost-3-billion-birds-scientists-say Over the past half-century, North America has lost more than a quarter of its entire bird population, or around 3 billion birds. That’s according to a new estimate published in the journal Science by researchers who brought together a variety of information that has been collected on 529 bird species since 1970. “We saw this tremendous net loss across the entire bird community,” says Ken Rosenberg, an applied conservation scientist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, N.Y. “By our estimates, it’s a 30% loss in the total number of breeding birds.” Rosenberg and his colleagues already knew that a number of bird populations had been decreasing. “But we also knew that other bird populations were increasing,” he says. “And what we didn’t know is whether there was a net change.” Scientists thought there might simply be a shift in the total bird population toward more generalist birds adapted to living around humans. To find out, the researchers collected data from long-running surveys conducted with the help of volunteer bird spotters, such as the North American Breeding Bird Survey and the Audubon Christmas Bird Count. They combined that data with a decade’s worth of…

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Here’s How North Carolina’s Wild Horses Have Survived Hurricanes

Originally posted on Straight from the Horse's Heart:
by Kareena Koirala as published on AmoMama.com Hurricane Dorian struck with tragic devastation. However, the majestic breed of wild horses living in North Carolina’s Outer Banks used their natural defenses against the storm. According to Corolla Wild Horse Fund, which looks after the herd of wild horses in the area, the…

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Trump Auctions Off 150,000 Acres of Public Lands for Fracking Near Utah National Parks

Originally posted on The Extinction Chronicles:
?  Center for Biological Diversity Dec. 12, 2018 11:45AM ESTENERGY https://www.ecowatch.com/fracking-utah-national-parks-2623200218.html?xrs=RebelMouse_fb&ts=1544651115&fbclid=IwAR07PM9jpEkBVQK_LXOnp-1d5T6tmmAS6FPvq7ZOUTmCL2UcvLz5EzAIR9s Arches National Park. Chris Dodds / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0 On Tuesday the Trump administration offered more than 150,000 acres of public lands for fossil-fuel extraction near some of Utah’s most iconic landscapes, including Arches and Canyonlands national parks. Dozens of Utahns gathered at the state Capitol to protest the lease sale, which included lands within 10 miles of internationally known protected areas. In addition to Arches and Canyonlands, the Bureau of Land Management leased public lands for fracking near Bears Ears, Canyons of the Ancients and Hovenweep national monuments and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. “Utahns have demonstrated their commitment to transition away from dirty fossil fuels through clean energy resolutions passed in municipalities across our state. Yet, these commitments continue to be undermined by rampant oil and gas lease sales, which threaten our public health, public lands, and economy. While Utah’s recreational and tourism economies continue to flourish, these attempts to develop sacred cultural, environmental, and recreational spaces for dirty fuels remain a grave and growing threat.” said Ashley Soltysiak, director of the Utah Sierra Club. “Utah is our home and the reckless sale of our public lands with limited public engagement is simply unacceptable and short-sighted.” Fracking in these areas threatens sensitive plants and animals, including the black-footed ferret, Colorado pikeminnow, razorback sucker and Graham’s beardtongue. It also will worsen…

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